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Years ago I made a decision to commit to a life of business management. After thirty five years as a small business consultant, CFO, and university educator specializing in quantitative business and economic modeling, everything changed.

A motorhome and a motorcycle have enabled me to travel the country at leisure, observing the vast diversity of her people, her culture, her history, and the richness of her very nature. Nearly every valuable thing I know I have learned in the last dozen years. I've seen a lot of poor people, often living right next to our campsite. Some are old, some young. Some are employed, some idle. Some are well, some ill. Some are Republican, some Democrat. Some are urban, some rural. But the poor person who chooses to be poor is rare. Occasionally I have gotten a glimpse of the sumptuous wealth that overlays the rest of the economy, and this contrast horrifies me. The concentration of income and wealth in America, I realize, is not an accident. Rather, it is a product of public policies established centuries ago and today favoring the rich more than ever.

A retired person has a lot of time to think if we choose to do so, and I think about economic inequality. You will understand if most of my books and articles deal with inequality in one form or another. They contain some policy ideas that could really make a difference. "The Money-Myth Minefield - Saving American Capitalism" and "Saving American Capitalism" are available as e-books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


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Constitutional Originalism and the Second Amendment Conservatives claim that unrestricted gun ownership is a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Is it true, or is it another fabrication of the constitutional originalism movement?
Series: Constitutional Originalism (4 Articles, 2025 views)

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Constitutional Originalism and Freedom of Speech Self-identified "constitutional originalists" claim to have the inside track to what the Framers were thinking. Do you believe that the Founders thought corporations were people and that money was speech? Let's check.
Series: Constitutional Originalism (4 Articles, 2025 views)

Image created from image crediting Thursday, February 23, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Constitutional Originalism and the Electoral College There's a new litmus test for judicial nominees - including Neil Gorsuch - constitutional originalism. Take a look at how and why originalists justify and defend the archaic institution of the Electoral College in the 21st century.
Series: Constitutional Originalism (4 Articles, 2025 views)

Image created from image crediting Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Constitutional Originalism - What WERE They Thinking? There's a new litmus test that conservatives demand of all judicial nominees - including Neil Gorsuch. Pop the hood on originalism to find out where it came from and how Senate Republicans now wield it as an ideological club to control the judiciary.
Series: Constitutional Originalism (4 Articles, 2025 views)

Economic dynamics in the view of the Central Tradition Monday, January 23, 2017     

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What To Expect From a Trump Economy Most economists are ecstatic about the new administration's posture toward capital and capitalists. But there may be dire consequences.

Empty hospital bed - where is this patient now? Monday, January 2, 2017 (8 comments)     

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To Kill Our Elders Tom Price is Trump's nominee for HHS Secretary, and he is a clear and present danger. His record in the House shows that he intends to turn ALL federal health programs into a giant piggy bank for healthcare providers and insurers. The Senate will soon be asked to confirm Price's appointment - are YOU comfortable with this guy?

Flag of the Deutsche Christen - the DC Sunday, December 25, 2016 (5 comments)     

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First They Came For Me What institutions will keep us from slipping into fascism? Don't count on the church.

Trump greets America Friday, December 16, 2016 (11 comments)     

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Brace For the Worst Say hello to runaway corporatocracy. As Trump packs his cabinet with big-money interests, we'll see another spike in economic inequality.

A donkey with potential Sunday, November 13, 2016 (3 comments)     

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Urgent Letter to the Democratic Party Wouldn't it be great if Democrats could give wage earners a 7.65% raise? How about a more robust economy, higher corporate profits, and a smaller federal deficit too? Here's how to do exactly that!

A Platform of Lies Sunday, October 2, 2016 (6 comments)     

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Platform Lies! Lies surround the political arena - not only from the fringes, but from mainstream candidates. Worse, the platforms of their own parties - the bulwarks of sanity - turn the lies into political orthodoxy. What gives?

Puerto Rico needs help Monday, April 18, 2016     

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Colonialism at Work in Puerto Rico Mercantilism is dead - or is it? Have you noticed what the US has been doing to Puerto Rico over the past hundred years?

Is the GOP holding out for this Supreme Court? Thursday, March 17, 2016     

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"Biden Rules" Explained Is the "Biden Rule" really a thing? Here's a look at the record that ought to embarrass the GOP Senate leadership.

The fortress mentality of conservatism Saturday, February 27, 2016 (12 comments)     

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The Threat of Conservatism A terrifying look at the fortress mentality of the conservative movement. Where did this stuff come from?

Montgomery, AL then and now Wednesday, February 3, 2016     

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What's Wrong With Black History Month? Okay, I'm no expert. My face is white, and I have no business telling African Americans how to observe their heritage. But this is for people like me, and maybe you too. For us, it's too easy to forget our own role in Black History.

It's a Law! August 14, 1935 Friday, January 29, 2016 (23 comments)     

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How Social Security Is Ruining Our Future Social Security benefits are important to our seniors. But the way we fund the program is insane - it raises prices, creates unemployment, and stifles growth. Here's a better way.

An Automated Weave Room Monday, October 19, 2015     

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Lawrence Lessig and the Lessons of Lowell In the old days, corporations had to collude with each other to squash labor. No longer - today they can use government to do their dirty work! The old days - our history - can help us understand what we're up against today.

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Fuel Taxes - a Rational Little Policy Proposal America's highways, roads, and bridges are a mess. It doesn't need to be this way, and here's a good solution.

The Faces of Poverty Sunday, June 21, 2015 (29 comments)     

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POVERTY -- What the Right Gets Right, the Left Gets Wrong, and We All Ignore A glimpse into the minds of a few enlightened conservatives. No, really - there are a few of them out there.

We are number one - but who is We? Wednesday, March 11, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Myth #17: We're Number One! How does America REALLY stack up against other countries? The truth will surprise many people. From the author's book, "The Money-Myth Minefield - Saving American Capitalism."

waiter / economist Friday, June 6, 2014     

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Serving the One Percent Economists hold in their hand the knowledge to change the world, if only they could make themselves heard. Or perhaps if they weren't too busy serving the interests of the One Percent.

Ayrton Senna Headstone Monday, May 26, 2014 (4 comments)     

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Save Our Corporations from the Crash -- Senna, Smith, Marx and Rules Today's corporate environment is no less competitive than Formula One racing. In a headlong rush for short term profits, US industry ignores the welfare of its host, the environment, and even the fitness of its own markets. In business, as in racing, speed is the only thing, right up until the fiery crash. Competition requires reasonable regulation.

Jack Lew Questions Social Security Funding Sunday, March 2, 2014 (11 comments)     

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Jack Lew Gets It Right - and Wrong Jack Lew, in his 1978 thesis, correctly found that there is a real problem in the funding of Social Security. He was only partly right to say that it is a regressive tax; it’s really much more insidious than that. But he was 100% correct when he proposed the solution, presented here.

Poverty in America Tuesday, February 4, 2014 (8 comments)     

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Social Darwinism and Fox Republicans A look at the roots of Social Darwinism and today’s attempts to resurrect this maligned philosophy. The notion that widespread poverty is inevitable in national economies is ignorant, dangerous, and yet reflected in public policies all over America. Who has an interest in this misguided belief?

Labor Market Supply and Demand - Theoretical Friday, December 20, 2013 (3 comments)     

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Fixing Income Inequality As progressives and regressives lock horns over minimum wage, unemployment, and food-subsidy programs, it's easy to forget that there are fundamental issues imbedded deeply within the American economic system that have made it necessary to protect a broad and growing swath of the population -- the poor and the unemployed. Here are two such issues, complete with clear public-policy solutions.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Lies, Obamacare, and Damn Lies President Obama caught in yet another lie! But wait -- is there more than meets the eye? A business strategist's critical view of the winners, losers, and processes of canceled policies.

Sunday, November 3, 2013 (11 comments)     

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Small Government On the Blue Ridge Parkway The big-money attack on government harms our national treasures and the people who value them. This is a firsthand account of the impact of tax cuts, sequestration, and shutdowns on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 (6 comments)     

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A Most Impractical Guide To Small Government The third in a series describing how critical thinking, as a national value, could be applied to re-imagining public policies. The payoff of this very long process is to simplify and rationalize such policies as taxation.
Series: An Impractical Guide (3 Articles, 1657 views)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 (6 comments)     

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Another Impractical Guide To Small Government The second in a series that ties fundamental critical thinking to smaller, more rational government. A microeconomist, for example, could ask why 1/3 of the federal budget is funded by a tax on... LABOR?!
Series: An Impractical Guide (3 Articles, 1657 views)

Monday, October 21, 2013 (6 comments)     

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An Impractical Guide To Small Government The first of a three-part series outlining a 100-year plan to save America through applied critical thinking. A new Age of Reason requires a return to a way of thinking rather than the rigidity of musty old documents.
Series: An Impractical Guide (3 Articles, 1657 views)

Bigger Than A Breadbox Thursday, August 1, 2013 (2 comments)     

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Bigger Than A Breadbox: Twenty Questions Every American Should Ask A completely answer-free list of questions by which Americans can practice their critical-thinking skills. Obvious questions. Fundamental questions. Important questions. And big ones -- so big that most of them will never make it to the front page, destined instead to remain buried in the obits of our consciousness.

Friday, June 7, 2013 (1 comments)     

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Saving Social Security by Un-Re-Distributing Wealth The redistribution of income over recent decades to corporations and their owners threatens Social Security as well. This article shows the connections, and even suggests a solution to this very real threat.

Good Press Conference Sunday, April 28, 2013 (22 comments)     

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The Myth of Liberal Media Bias Debunking the pervasive myth of left-leaning media institutions in the US, from the analytical perspective of a business marketing strategist. Corporate media does indeed have a conservative worldview, but they must convince you -- no matter what segment you occupy -- that their reporting is not tainted by their own business interests.

Saturday, November 10, 2012 (2 comments)     

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To My Conservative Friends Some of my best friends are conservatives, and I really hate seeing them suffer. Here is a very personal list of things to ease their minds and spirits.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 (3 comments)     

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On Jobs, Capital Investment, Lies, and Subsidies Fiscal, monetary, and tax policy agree on one myth: that investment in business and equity somehow creates jobs. This article dispels the myth, suggests that market demand is the real "job creator" - and even offers alternatives and solutions that are fair to all.

Bus Stop at Fatz Cafe Wednesday, October 26, 2011     

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The Perry Tax -- A More Confused Trojan Horse What's Right and Wrong About Perry's Plan?

Let's Get Real Sunday, October 16, 2011 (7 comments)     

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THE CAIN PLAN -- ANOTHER TROJAN HORSE What is wrong with Herman Cain's great idea?

Friday, May 6, 2011 (1 comments)     

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TAXES, CHARITY, AND CONTROL A common-sense, yet revolutionary approach to tax reform: throw out the existing system of income taxes. The three goals of the existing income tax code are in conflict with each other; collecting revenue, distributing charity, and controlling the populace cannot play together nicely. Let's start over with a simple flat tax.