Monthly Archives: January 2012

Oakland Occupy Protestors Show Their True Colors

The First Amendment is one of the hallmarks of the U.S. Constitution. Americans ought to have the legal right to express themselves and their grievances against the government. This right is fundamental, and the government ought to protect it. Burning … Continue reading

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Posted in California, Crime, Media, Politics | Tagged , , , | 36 Comments

Marginal Tax Rates And Recessions

A Reflections of a Rational Republican reader suggested that I attempt to debunk or challenge the notion from two posts (see “Rich Peoples Taxes Have Little to Do with Job Creation” and “The Myth of the Lower Marginal Tax Rates“) … Continue reading

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Posted in Business, Finance and Economics, Policy, Politics, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , | 32 Comments

More Signs of an Upcoming Confrontation with Iran

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that “Navy officials acknowledged that they were moving with unusual haste to complete the conversion” of “an aging warship” the Navy “had planned to decommission into a makeshift staging base for the commandos” so it … Continue reading

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Posted in Energy Security, International Security, Middle East, Nuclear Power, Nuclear proliferation, Policy, Politics, War | Tagged , , , | 13 Comments

Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Three Years Ago?

President Obama has been in office for about three years and six days, which begs the question: Do you feel better off now than you were three years ago? A cursory review of the statistics suggests that the country is … Continue reading

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Why I Will Not Vote for Newt Gingrich

Earlier this year I was spellbound by Newt Gingrich’s gift for debating. I was also fascinated by his skills as a brilliant political wonk. Nevertheless, when he attacked the very foundations of capitalism by levying charges of class warfare against … Continue reading

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Posted in Business, Finance and Economics, Leadership, Policy, Politics | Tagged , , , | 30 Comments

Why Business Leaders Think America’s Economy Is Ailing

Last October I was among nearly 10,000 Harvard Business School alumni who completed an in-depth survey on American competitiveness. Harvard Business School released the results of this survey last week, and they are fascinating.

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Posted in Business, Education, Finance and Economics, Healthcare, Leadership, Policy, Politics, Taxes | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Are Airstrikes Imminent in Iran?

According to Stratfor, a routine rotation of American aircraft carriers could place three carrier strike groups in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf; a fourth carrier strike group in Japan is within a week’s sailing distance. This suspicious-looking placement of … Continue reading

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Posted in Defense, Energy Security, International Security, Middle East, Nuclear Power, Nuclear proliferation, Policy, Politics, War | Tagged , , , , | 13 Comments

America’s Energy and Economic Policies Go Hand in Hand

Using History as a Portal to Our Future Over two centuries of America’s  formal existence provides much perspective from which to view today’s world. The picture below just hints at a few of  these. Looking at the left portion of … Continue reading

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Posted in Clean Energy, Clean Tech, Energy Security, Finance and Economics, Nuclear Power, Policy, Politics, Solar, Technology, Wind | Tagged , , , , , | 22 Comments

Private Equity: A Force for Good, or Evil?

Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney has been under a lot of pressure recently because of his private equity experience. Much of this negative media attention stems from certain assumptions about the nature of the private equity industry — assumptions that reflect … Continue reading

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Are Liberals More Educated Than Conservatives?

Update: Click here for the most recent statistics. A surprising amount of anti-conservative bigotry on the web asserts that conservatives are inherently less intelligent than liberals. Admittedly, some prominent conservatives make statements that go against the mainstream scientific consensus on topics such as … Continue reading

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