Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Taxing Subject

In today’s Joplin Globe, Robert Reich makes his case that,    “. . . rather than depress economic growth, higher taxes on the rich correlate with higher growth.” He adds, During almost three decades spanning 1951 to 1980, when the … Continue reading

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Navy Coffin Nails

Our hometown newspaper, the Joplin Globe, has a Sunday feature that I increasingly like.  Called “Forum”, it examines contentious issues and usually presents positions on both sides.  This is good journalism.  It not only sells papers but encourages the public … Continue reading

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What’s That Smell?

Am I the only one who finds our system of justice sometimes strange and inconsistent?  My attention was caught by a short item in Wednesday’s USA Today (6/22/2011, p. B1).  It reported that, The CEO of what had been one … Continue reading

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Just Gimme The Latest and Greatest, Doc!

  Most Americans, I submit, believe that our medical system is not only the world’s most expensive but also the world’s best.  When we have a problem we want the latest and best test, medicine, and procedure.  Would it surprise … Continue reading

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What Would Socrates Say?

I have attended many classes in my seven decades of life, twelve years of primary school, four of college and the equivalent of two for post-graduate.  Maybe that is enough to have an opinion about the notion that education is … Continue reading

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The Elusive Palace of Wisdom

Perhaps this would be a good time to summarize the many roots of America’s financial malaise.  While most pundits bemoan its symptoms, they tend to shun its root causes.  Symptoms include the high costs of gasoline, air fares, baggage fees, … Continue reading

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Fungible Follies

It appeared to be an “aha” moment, confirmation that the welfare system is corrupt and out of control.  Somebody bought steak and lobster with food stamps.  Snopes confirms that it’s true.  It happened in Michigan last February. The good news is … Continue reading

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