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Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 10:37:41

Clash of the Titans: Imagine a 2012 Clinton/Gingrich Face-Off

Instead of commenting again on the ability of the Democratic House and Senate to ignore pay-as-you-go when they feel like it (i.e., passing unemployment benefits without paying for them), I have decided this week to indulge in a bit of....

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Thursday, July 15th, 2010 10:36:37

LOL — No Laughing Matter

My mother told me recently that the most important thing a person can have is a sense of humor. I thought this was funny because I didn't realize she had one. After she gave me this advice, I listened to....

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Thursday, July 8th, 2010 10:35:42

Irrational Events Affect Voters — Why College Football Matters

While most political pundits follow polls, they might want to start following college football. I first learned about the efficient market hypothesis when studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst exam 20 years ago. The efficient market hypothesis states that markets....

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 10:34:52

Freedom and Responsibility — People Have the Power

My children, who are 8 and 10, are five weeks into their 12 weeks of summer vacation. With the advent of summer comes an increase in their freedom. They do not have to walk out of the house to go....

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Thursday, June 24th, 2010 10:33:59

Obama’s Vanity Fair, McChrystal’s Dystopia

I once had a boss whose primary interaction with me consisted of telling me that I was at risk of having the rest of the organization judge me as being incompetent. In retrospect, while terribly painful at the time, I....

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Thursday, June 17th, 2010 10:33:02

The Quest for Competence

This past Saturday, while watching the World Cup match between the United States and England, a friend and I chatted about the state of U.S. politics. "Is it getting worse," Brad posited, "or are we more aware of what is....

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Thursday, June 10th, 2010 10:32:11

Self-Determination

My maternal grandmother, Linda Clay, was one of 11 children, born and raised on a tenant farm outside of Woodbury in middle Georgia. From an early age, the children began helping in the fields and house and by tending livestock.....

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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 10:30:59

Trust Us, We’re Opaque

"We're looking to fundamentally change the status quo in Washington. It's a status quo that extends beyond any particular party, and right now that status quo is fighting back with everything it's got, with the same old tactics that divide....

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Thursday, May 27th, 2010 10:26:46

Trust in People Versus Control from Government

A friend mentioned in conversation yesterday that his new employment situation is not working out quite as expected. He had left a secure job and moved to a small business, but the new venture was not proceeding as planned. As....

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Thursday, May 13th, 2010 10:21:18

Health Care Chess

Last week, my 8-year-old son beat me in chess. He understands that a move by him leads to a move by me, and so on. He is thinking several moves ahead. His goal is to create a series of moves....

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