Before starting ValueNet, Rick was director, corporate training and, later, director, corporate strategy for Travelers Corp., an international insurance and financial services firm. He lost six friends in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Rick was a Vietnam-era Navy Hospital Corpsman.
Rick holds PhD and M.Ed. degrees from Penn State. His BS is from West Chester University. He completed post-doctoral work at Rensselaer, Northwestern, Colorado, and Harvard. A native of Pennsylvania, Rick now lives in New England.
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(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 11, 2008
"WE THE (FRINGE) PEOPLE ..." In 2005 - 2006, Maryland State Police infiltrated at least 32 progressive activist groups and added the names of 53 people and groups to terrorist watch lists. The governor's special investigator says the police "overreached" and police have offered to remove the names from those watch lists. This is not good enough.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, March 13, 2009
Stop the 'Vilification'? We've Only Just Begun. Jamie Dimon thinks the banking system can recover by year end if US officials stop the "constant vilification of corporate America" and work with the financial sector to end the crisis. He thinks all the criticism is hurting the country. We will not erect operational impediments to economic recovery, but we have every intention of finding out what went wrong, turning things around, and holding people accountable.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Does collecting welfare beat working? Cato Institute thinks so In August, Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes of the Cato Institute issued "The Work versus Welfare Trade-off: 2013." It's Cato's latest biased attempt to prove that some people can make more money by collecting welfare than by working. If that's true, why are so many people looking for work?
(17 comments) SHARE Monday, December 7, 2009
Can Cheney's "One Percent Doctrine" Apply to Climate Change? In this article I suggest we apply Dick Cheney's "One Percent Doctrine" to the subject of climate change. The right endorsed this approach when it applied to terrorism; why should climate change be any different?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 13, 2008
BUSH IN DRAG In selecting Sarah Palin, John McCain picked as his running mate a veritable clone of George W. Bush himself. He has brought "McBush" to life.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, March 5, 2010
Mainstream Media FAIL with Overhyped Coverage of Control Tower Kids The mainstream media deserve a FAIL for their distorted, misleading, and overhyped reports on two elementary school children in the JFK control tower.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 16, 2009
Nobel Notes: CAN OBAMA ACCEPT THE PRIZE? In an editorial in the October 16, 2009 Washington Post, Ronald D. Rotunda and J. Peter Pham argue that President Obama may be barred by the Constitution from accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. Could they be right?
SHARE Tuesday, September 30, 2008
EASIER TO ASK FORGIVENESS THAN PERMISSION Paulson and Bernanke only mistake was asking for permission in the first place. They didn't get it so they spent the money anyway.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 1, 2009
Lieberman on Health Reform: Disingenuous or Dishonest? Joe Lieberman argues in the November 1 Hartford Courant that the country cannot afford a public health care option right now because the national debt is “out of control.” He's tight when he says the debt is out of control. He's wrong when he says health care has contributed “significantly” to it and that a public option would only make things worse. Is he being disingenuous or dishonest?
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, October 12, 2009
NOBEL NOTE TO THE RIGHT: DO IT YOURSELF! The Nobel Institute's decision to award the 2009 Peace Prize to Barack Obama leaves the wingnut right with just one time-honored option: If you don't like it, do it yourself.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 28, 2009
WHAT OUR FIRM WOULD DO WITH A TAX CUT Republicans continue to see tax cuts as the cure for all our economic woes. Here is what our firm would do with a tax windfall, and it's not what John Boehner thinks.
SHARE Friday, March 27, 2009
BOEHNER'S BOGUS BUDGET Responding to President Obama's challenge on Tuesday evening, Republicans on Thursday unveiled their version of the FY 2010 federal budget. They should have stayed home. If they were looking for a way to tell the American people that Republicans think "We the People" are gullible and stupid, they found it.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Is it time for a "Congressional Responsibility Amendment"? The tea party controlled House GOP caucus has refused to fund the federal government. It's time to put a stop to their idealogical hostage taking. Here's one way to do it.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, July 29, 2011
Boehner In A Box John Boehner has built for himself a box from which he cannot escape. Only Nancy Pelosi holds the key. Should she use it?
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Freeloader Tax Conservatives are falling all over themselves to call the individual mandate a tax. Liberals insist it's a penalty. Let's just call it what it is: the Freeloader Tax.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 8, 2010
GOP Showed Its True Colors With Tax Deal In negotiating the tax compromise, the GOP showed that their real interest is in rewarding rich cronies and not in solving budget deficit or national debt problems.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 18, 2009
Ohio Botches Another One The State of Ohio botched a lethal injection for the third time in three years. Governor Strickland now must decide what to do. I think he should return Romell Broom to a cell in general population, to live and die in prison.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 25, 2010
Coburn's Hard Bargain Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced an amendment to the health care "fixes" bill that would prohibit use of federal funds to purchase erectile dysfunction ("ED") medications for registered sex offenders. The amendment failed, 57-42. If Coburn reintroduces it as a bill, by the time it gets through committee it will probably affect only one person in the whole USA.
SHARE Thursday, November 13, 2008
OBAMA WON IN THE "RACE CHASM" The Race Chasm Effect threatened to derail Obama's candidacy in 2008. It's not the same as the Bradley Effect but it could have led to the same result.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 4, 2009
A Nation of Deadbeats? GOP chairman Michael Steele needs to rethink what it means to create a job and to hold one. Or he should look for a new one for himself.