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ROARR’s Guiding Principles (Part II): Small, but Not Minimal, Government Is Best

In Part I of this series, I argued that a fundamental reason our government is broken is the political selection process favoring ideological warriors over pragmatic problem solvers. I introduced my “Funnel of Futility” theory: as ideology becomes increasingly important in one’s decision-making … Continue reading

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ROARR’s Guiding Principles (Part I): Data-Driven Decision-Making Produces Pragmatic Public Policy

Since starting this blog almost ten months ago, I intended to post this site’s guiding principles. Yet ten months into this experiment, I still haven’t done so. So without further ado, here is the first of seven principles that embody the philosophies underlying Reflections … Continue reading

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Cost per Job in DOE’s Loan Program Qualifies for One-Percent Status

As of today, October 22, 2011, the cost per job created (or saved) from the Department of Energy’s Federal Loan Guarantee Program is $554,217.61 (i.e., $35.9B in federal loan guarantees divided by 64,776 jobs). The most famous of these loan guarantees was the … Continue reading

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My Occupy Wall Street Demands

“These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.” — Lloyd J. Hart, precocious and Jefferson-esque author of Occupy Wall Street Demands I recently discovered this list of demands from an … Continue reading

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9/11 in Numbers (Part III): How Have Things Changed?

Since 9/11, the government and most individuals are in weaker financial health, government has aggressively expanded, and the United States appears to be in a weaker position as a global superpower. That said, the United States still remains unmatched militarily, and … Continue reading

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9/11 in Numbers (Part II): Climate and Energy

Since 9/11, climate data appears mixed, while energy consumption in the United States has undergone a notable amount of change. Climate Measures of climate change present a mixed picture for the United States. While the average global monthly concentration of carbon dioxide … Continue reading

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Huntsman’s Jobs Plan a Good Start

Last week, the Huntsman campaign released an alternative to the President’s soon-to-be-released jobs plan. The plan includes four broad components including: 1) tax reform, 2) regulatory reform, 3) energy independence, and 4) free trade. I broadly agree with most of Huntsman’s proposed policies. … Continue reading

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Solyndra: Another One Bites the Dust

After receiving a $535 million loan from the federal government, and about $1 billion in venture capital financing, California-based manufacturer Solyndra suspended manufacturing operations today, and laid off 1,100 employees. It also announced its plans to file for bankruptcy protection. … Continue reading

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Proving Obama Is a Failed President

Last week, Jonathan Alter at Bloomberg posed a tantalizing question: “you think Obama’s been a bad president? Prove it.” More specifically, he issues the following challenge to Obama-doubters: “Your mission, Jim (and readers named something else), should you decide to … Continue reading

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Could Michele Bachmann Really Bring Back $2 Gasoline?

Earlier this month, Republican presidential hopeful Representative Michele Bachmann boldly declared, “Under President Bachmann you will see gasoline come down below $2 per gallon again…That will happen.” She suggested she could achieve this goal by allowing more aggressive U.S. oil … Continue reading

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