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Crazy Uncles And Red-Headed Stepchildren

So here, free of charge, is my suggestion to lower the temperature of our political debates. Replace the metaphor for our clash of ideas, which is currently WAR, with something else. And since the Democrats and Republicans can’t yet agree on anything, I will offer up a custom metaphor for each side. The Repubs will henceforth … Continue reading

You Can Call A Spade A Spade, But You Still Have To Find It

The usual suspects are shocked, shocked they say, over last week’s annoncement by ATT and several other large corporations that they would have to take (non-cash) write-offs because of new rules in ‘ObamaCare’ taking effect immediately. In ATT’s case the number was $1 billion. The charges relate to prescription-drug benefits for retirees. Companies that provide … Continue reading

Time To Get Those Heads Out Of The Doggy Bag

Republicans might want to start thinking about who leads their parade. Our enemy is now clearly defined. We know who they are: Anybody with a D beside their name. There’s no moderate Democrat or pro-life Democrat. There’s no Blue Dog, lap dog, hot dog, back dog Democrat. If it’s a D, they are the enemy, … Continue reading

Thank Goodness, Perfect Is Not Always The Enemy Of The Good

You probably thought this was going to be a post about our dysfunctional political system. You can relax, it’s not. Voltaire’s quote has got a lot of mileage lately, mostly by proponents of Health Care Reform. The original quote in French is “Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.”, from Voltaire’s Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764) Literally translated … Continue reading

All Aboard A Train Ride Worthy Of Our Politicians

In a week when natural disasters have taken over the headlines you’d think we could contain the man-made ones, at least temporarily. But no, that’s not happening. In a staggering display of dysfunction the Senate allowed a single (Republican) lawmaker to … block[ed] a $10 billion bill that would have extended unemployment benefits and other … Continue reading

Rupert’s Wall Street Journal Now Channeling Zap Comix

We always get a kick out of subliminal editorializing in news articles thru the use of photos. And in this case Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal really has set a new (low) standard in their coverage of the recent Governors Conference. It appears to me that the WSJ editorial staff selected this picture of California Gov. … Continue reading

Health Care Debate Is Not A Pretty Picture, Yet

One problem with our continuing health care debate is a lack of pretty graphs to explain complicated issues. Where is Ross Perot when you need him? Say what you want about the European model of heath care, but you have to concede that they are way ahead of us when it comes to pretty pictures. Take this … Continue reading

Onion Video: Politically Incorrect But Environmentally Sensitive

It’s now been a week since Valentine’s Day, which is a reasonable ‘cooling off’ period. So I shouldn’t get in trouble with the Valentine Police over this item. This breaking news story from The Onion News Network is hysterical. Make sure to listen to the words, since the images are a tad distracting. The subject is … Continue reading

There Should Be A Term For Corporate Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is a kind of personal term. It’s what you feel when someone like Eliot Spitzer stumbles. But how do I feel when an entire industry gets what it deserves? Today the UK Guardian reported that, Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao has warned mobile phone executives about Google’s growing power in the online advertising and search market, … Continue reading

My Financial Valentines

Of course Leslie is my Real Valentine. But in the world of Runner-Ups, I have to nominate my favorites. Even though it’s Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell, I can’t hold back, my Guys are Ben and Hank. After reading “On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System” by … Continue reading

A Great Tax Idea Whose Time Hasn’t Come, Yet

A few years ago when talking with a Brit friend I learned that the UK’s equivalent of our IRS, known as the Inland Revenue, filled out his tax returns automatically without even asking his permission. Wow, I thought, this is socialism to the extreme! But when you think about it for a second, perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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