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Thirty five years as a small business consultant, CFO, and university educator specializing in quantitative business and economic modeling - a suite of experience now focused on economic inequality. Carefully attributed data, thoughtful analysis, and tangible policy proposals are offered for your consideration.
(22 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 28, 2013 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.
(8 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 4, 2014 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?
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, January 2, 2017 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?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 11, 2015 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."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 6, 2013 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, September 22, 2017 Tell Me No Lies
We all like to see ourselves as truth-seekers. We might even want others to agree that we are. But when we share anything we haven't checked out, we're endorsing all of its messages, both explicit and implicit.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, December 20, 2013 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.
SHARE Wednesday, July 26, 2017 When Satire Gets Too Real
This was too easy. A little cut-and-paste, search-and-replace, and... viola! But the powers behind the GOP are pushing for a Constitutional Convention, and that's not funny.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 1, 2018 A Peek at Post-Fascist America
The GOP's stranglehold on America won't last. Let's begin now to create new vision of a vigorous democracy - one that's strong enough to stand up to corporate capital.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, August 21, 2017 So THIS is a Nazi!
A meeting with Nazis years ago suggests that not much has changed in recent years. But what is the REAL threat?
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 2, 2017 Privilege and Opportunity
Isn't it great to live in a meritocracy? Where opportunity abounds for all, and equality is the order of the day? Nope, that's not the way it works.
SHARE Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Talk About Poverty - Taking the Long View
Dozens of conversations with poor people can help us understand the causes and consequences of poverty in America. This is a peek at the solutions offered by a new book, "Talk About Poverty."
(23 comments) SHARE Friday, January 29, 2016 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, December 16, 2016 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 3, 2013 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 6, 2011 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.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 2, 2016 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?
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 10, 2012 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 26, 2018 Time for Dems to Kick the Corporate Money Addiction
Democrats have recently limited the power of "super delegates," and that's a good start. But they still accept tainted money - and at what cost? Could the party survive without it? Might it be even stronger?
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 13, 2016 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!
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 2, 2014 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, May 26, 2014 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.
(12 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2016 The Threat of Conservatism
A terrifying look at the fortress mentality of the conservative movement. Where did this stuff come from?
SHARE Friday, June 6, 2014 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 8, 2019 The Two Faces of Identity Politics
You've heard all about identity politics - maybe from your crazy Fox News uncle. And you may have guessed that he's got it all wrong. Now it's time to reclaim the narrative in the name of equality!
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 10, 2012 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Looking Back From Where We're Headed
We don't want this future, but we must face the powerful forces we've unleashed. Where will they lead? And what will we say to our kids? Our elders? Is November, 2018 our last best chance?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 7, 2013 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2020 What's the Damage?
It's almost over. America can begin to recover from the damage done by the Trump administration, right? Sure, but there's a deeper wound we need to talk about.
SHARE Saturday, December 19, 2020 Winning the Covid Cup
American exceptionalism at its worst - the response to the global pandemic. It didn't have to be this way, and here's proof.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, October 21, 2013 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, 1938 views)
SHARE Wednesday, February 3, 2016 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.
SHARE Monday, October 19, 2015 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 1, 2013 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.
SHARE Thursday, March 17, 2016 "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.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 24, 2013 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, 1938 views)