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Our Something for Nothing Society (Article) - 2/6/2015 12:03:00 PM
There is some truth in most of what you say, but mostly you appear to have oversimplified life to fit your argument. It makes for interesting reading, but muddies the waters with half-truths.

Our Something for Nothing Society (Article) - 1/28/2015 5:02:40 AM
Interesting perspective. The inherited wealth of the 1 percent amounts to about 96% of the world's total riches, leaving about 8 billion of us to squabble over the remaining 4%. That makes it incredibly expensive to be poor, and no matter how hard the poor work, they'll never accumulate enough wealth to join the idle rich. It is not mathematically possible. That is probably why we never seem to make any headway in the war on drugs or poverty. Don't we need to keep the poor drugged, indebted or imprisoned so they won't come looking for our (the 1% and their moat keepers) heads?

Our Something for Nothing Society (Article) - 1/27/2015 8:47:40 AM
We certainly are a bunch of hypocrites, aren't we. The fact is, we aren't very smart. Our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and we tend to see the effects of our misdeeds way too late to solve them in an expensive way. But it's so easy to blame the other guy rather than see what we are doing that is causing the problem. Your article leaves a lot to think about. There'll come a time, soon, when "muddling through" will no longer do. We'll just have to get smarter and do things right the first time, before time runs out. Ron

Redistributing Wealth – Around the World (Article) - 11/17/2014 7:51:20 AM
I consider this good satire. From what I can determine, the UN is a relatively ineffective body, run by a few countries and its Security Council. Most Americans (American is a misnomer because Mexicans and Canadians are also Americans, as well as all those countries in South and Central America) are, by default, citizens of the world, although many would like to think that we should be isolated, and remain, in their mind, superior. The fact is that our world is now determined by major corporations. These corporations are multinational, seeking the cheapest resources and labor, as well as selling their goods and services to the highest bidders everywhere. Our economy is based on spending for these goods and services. And these corporations are merging at a rate guaranteeing monopolies and price-fixing. The profits from these corporations go to the stockholders and the CEOs. The fact that these special people are taxed at a lower rate and are sucking the wealth out of the rest of the world is well known. The European Union was formed to help create some control over what was happening in Europe that had already led to two world wars. Perhaps the UN can do it, but support for the UN is very low in the United States, particularly by those in power who are fervently patriotic and think that the United States is superior. On many indicators, United States is falling far behind other countries. We just don't seem to know it. Ron

Redistributing Wealth – Around the World (Article) - 11/17/2014 3:44:48 AM
America should be taxed by UN as they uses the money for lot of good cause like Ebola, Earthquakes etc around the world.

What I Learned From Politics (Article) - 11/9/2014 9:33:38 AM
Some very cogent points. Although I disagree with a couple of them on the numbers (I am an engineer and have a fairly good understanding of statistics and numbers). Otherwise, I find your points very well taken about the general willingness of the public to be led around by the nose regardless of the issues unless something very serious, like the real threat of war posted in World War II happens. I found the statement on withholding quite good. Withholding allows us to pay our taxes early so the government gets to spend it without paying us any interest for the early loan. You are right about most people's perception of a refund has some kind of lottery win, when they actually paid too much taxes… Too early… And the government already spent it… Ha ha. Ron

What I Learned From Politics (Article) - 11/9/2014 4:26:47 AM
Hello Jim, In my experience, the world around us kind of seems at odds with what appears rational from the viewpoint of the observer. Things seldom seem to make sense. Then again, the unwary ask to be taken advantage of. It makes me think that perhaps taking things one step at a time, while keeping an eye open to unintended surprises, may be a more wiser choice. In the final instance, we answer to our conscience.

Consumer Confidence (Article) - 11/3/2014 11:01:12 AM
A very wise and informative article. The inertia of the herd is tremendous. While all of the current data on the economy and other factors is quite positive (but perhaps on the verge of another downturn based on some leading indices) the prevailing atmosphere is that the president has let down the country and therefore, poisoned this election. That's the shame of the public's inability to understand business cycles and really who's to blame. Ron

The Growing Gap Between the Rich and the Poor (Article) - 9/26/2014 9:18:34 AM
Those were the days… Because people have selective memory, remembering good times over bad, oldsters tend to think that those times were better, when they weren't. I'm continually surprised the negative feedback I get when I repeat that recent studies have proved that 2013 was the best year ever and that 2014 is proving to be better still. Thanks for reinforcing positive thinking for all those folks out there with gloom and doom mentalities from their overdose of gloom and doom news. Ron

The Park at Dusk (Article) - 9/9/2014 6:44:11 AM
Reminds me of the television show, "What Would You Do?" In all my years of being single, I don't recall ever running into a situation like that. I always let my conscience be my guide and tried to correct wrongs when I saw them rather than think about legal consequences of my action. An alternative would have been (and may have been all along) for you to not end your walk, but to stay a guardian at a safe distance until you were sure that the young girls were safe--basically what you did. Ron

The Park at Dusk (Article) - 9/8/2014 4:47:01 PM
9-8-2014 Totally Off The Wall! TRASK...

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