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Archive of posts published in the tag: George Bush

Information, Confirmation and Outrage

We lost understanding as we moved from information to confirmation, and we have lost civility as we moved from confirmation to outrage.

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Lessons Unwanted

Bret Stephens writes in The Wall Street Journal, Obama Needs to Call Bush Excerpts: Maybe President Obama also calls Mr. Bush every now and then, just to talk, and one day we’ll find out about it. But I suspect not.…

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Political Thoughts 2012 07 03

There are simplistic voices in the GOP- not just the religious ones, but the ones that think a balanced budget amendment will solve all of our problems, that the Fed should be abolished and that we should return to a…

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The Canadian Lesson on Sound Banking

The default belief  of our economic history of the last 100 years has been an acceptance of the dynamic growth of capitalism punctuated by excesses of market greed that have to be corrected by the singular wisdom of government regulation.…

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The Final Rule of War

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs, has written a book focusing on the conclusion and post military developments of America’s wars  from WWI though the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  If How Wars End has a common theme is…

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Focus on Ideas

On the road listening to a bit of talk radio, I heard some lady substituting for Sean Hannity, leading the show with complaints about how much vacation time Obama has taken compared to other presidents. I realize it is a…

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Risk and Principle

In a world of uncertainty it is more important to know the odds than to know the facts. In a business bet, if you have a thirty percent chance of winning one hundred dollars or a seventy percent chance of…

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Stating the Obvious

Nancy Pelosi states that the new unemployment benefits package should be passed because unemployment benefits stimulate the economy and thus create jobs.  They are in fact, according to her, one of the best job creators because the unemployment benefits are…

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Is Compounding the Problem a Solution?

Hard core party loyalists who damned Bush for his record deficit spending seem quiet about the multiples of prior deficits the Obama Administration has accumulated .  Rather than apply the same standards to their president, they question where the Republicans…

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Understanding the Meltdown

(this was published previously in the Macon Telegraph) Being in the middle of a record economic crisis presents a rare learning opportunity.  Several books are worthwhile for those seeking to understand what just happened. Too Big to Fail by Andrew…

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Post Partisan Politics

The Senate election in Massachusetts may signal much more that dissatisfaction with the current administration; it may signal and end to partisan politics as we have known it. Given the euphoria and high expectations at Obama’s election in the midst…

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