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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.

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(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Beginner's Guide to Pissing Off Conservatives Yes, it's an art. And like any art it can be mastered with discipline, patience, and practice.
Good Press Conference, From ImagesAttr
(22 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Poverty in America, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
Angel of Grief, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 28, 2018
Why Liberals Lose - The structural flaws in the foundation of American democracy Liberals keep losing to the conservative minority. Why? This four part series examines the answers. There's more to it than you might think.
Series: Why Liberals Keep Losing (2 Articles, 3724 views), Why Liberals Keep Losing (3 Articles, 5034 views)
Empty hospital bed - where is this patient now?, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
We are number one - but who is We?, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."
From InText
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 2, 2020
Why I Am Antifa Today Fascists hate us. They want you to hate us too. Here's why you should be us.
Series: Je Suis Antifa (2 Articles, 2593 views)
Flag of the Deutsche Christen - the DC, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 25, 2016
First They Came For Me What institutions will keep us from slipping into fascism? Don't count on the church.
The Faces of Poverty, From ImagesAttr
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 21, 2015
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.
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 24, 2020
Trump's Economy - It's a Fraud Too The best economy we've ever had? Sure, that's the spin - but what's the truth?
Angel of Grief, From ImagesAttr
(37 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 27, 2018
Why Liberals Lose - Is the Democratic Party really liberal? Liberals keep losing to the conservative minority. Why? This four part series examines the answers. There's more to it than you might think.
Angel of Grief, From ImagesAttr
(33 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 26, 2018
Why Liberals Lose - The Glib Answers Liberals keep losing to the conservative minority. Why? This four part series examines the answers. There's more to it than you might think.
Series: Why Liberals Keep Losing (3 Articles, 5034 views)
What WERE the Framers thinking as they adopted the Second Amendment?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 25, 2017
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, 4644 views)
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Joseph Goebbels - Not the First Professional Liar, Nor the Last., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Labor Market Supply and Demand - Theoretical, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Angel of Grief, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2018
Why Liberals Lose - Corporations have captured the GOP - and stolen American democracy Liberals keep losing to the conservative minority. Why? This last installment of a four part series examines the answers. There's more to it than you might think.
Series: Why Liberals Keep Losing (2 Articles, 3724 views), Why Liberals Keep Losing (3 Articles, 5034 views)
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 15, 2019
Tax Reform for Donkeys - How Democrats can get it Right Here's how Democrats can reclaim free market capitalism in the name of the people - and correct the root causes of economic inequality at the same time.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Conflating Nazis and Neoconfederates, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
We Must Talk About Generational Poverty, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
The very personal face of poverty, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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."
What WERE the Framers thinking as they created the Electoral College?, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 23, 2017
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, 4644 views)
What WERE the Framers thinking as they signed the Founding Documents?, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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, 4644 views)
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Congress, Do Something! (Better Yet, DONT!) As Congress returns to work, let's assess the damage they've done so far.
It's a Law! August 14, 1935, From ImagesAttr
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
What WERE the Framers thinking as they codified Freedom of Speech?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2017
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, 4644 views)
Trump greets America, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 24, 2020
A Deathly Quiet Revolution You say you want a revolution. Are you sure we aren't already there?
Hanging memorials, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 12, 2018
National Memorial for Peace and Justice A video report from the latest project of the Equal Justice Initiative of Montgomery, Alabama
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(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 3, 2020
Why I Am Antifa Tomorrow Fascists hate us. They want you to hate us. Here's why you should be us.
Series: Je Suis Antifa (2 Articles, 2593 views)
Let's Get Real, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 16, 2011
THE CAIN PLAN -- ANOTHER TROJAN HORSE What is wrong with Herman Cain's great idea?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
A Platform of Lies, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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!
Jack Lew Questions Social Security Funding, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
The fortress mentality of conservatism, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
waiter / economist, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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!
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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?
Social Security Panic Chart, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Puerto Rico needs help, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 18, 2016
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?
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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)
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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.
Economic dynamics in the view of the Central Tradition, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 23, 2017
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.
Montgomery, Alabama then and now, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
An Automated Weave Room, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 30, 2020
Law and Order: There's a Fire - Get the Gasoline! The American solution to violence in the streets is to send in the riot police. What could be dumber - inviting "citizens militias" to join in?
Bigger Than A Breadbox, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Could the GOP be holding out for THIS Supreme Court?, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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, 1938 views)
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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)
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SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Perry Tax -- A More Confused Trojan Horse What's Right and Wrong About Perry's Plan?

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