admin on March 31st, 2009

This is the enticement to one financial rescue plan I’ve heard floated around.  Instead of government bailing out corporations (which, for the record, I’m against), give everyone 55 years of age or older a million bucks for their retirement.  This increases consumer spending objective, reduces dependence on social security and meets a few other objectives.  […]

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admin on March 29th, 2009

Proprietors are the front line entrepreneurs.  In a land professed to be all about liberty an economic system should favor the proprietors that are mainly responsible for the diversification of production, as opposed to business corporations seeking to merge and consolidate.  A recent graph of economic trends since 1948 provided on The Middle Class Forum […]

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admin on March 27th, 2009

Last October 19, 2008 the Hartford Courant did an article on voter attitudes leading up to the election, based on interviews done in people’s homes, including mine.  They also made a video of this, and it only recently occurred to me to provide a link.  Here it is.  That first handsome guy in the feature […]

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admin on March 25th, 2009

Originally this was intended to be a series on establishing a priori criteria for evaluating Presidents, rather than cherry-picking whatever information possible to reinforce established ideologies.  Frankly, I thought the series was tanking.  I will mention again that blogging is not the same as writing my book, Systems out of Balance.  The book was a […]

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admin on March 24th, 2009

This is the third entry of a short series offering empirical criteria for judging Presidents, rather than cherry-picking data to reinforce an ideological bias.  The first two entries focused mainly on economics, an area where I would not expect much difference between Presidential administrations.  Since the seventies certain trends have occurred regardless of who was […]

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admin on March 23rd, 2009

This is the second entry of a quick series for empirically comparing administrations.  The first entry claimed it was too soon to compare Obama and Bush II, and that it would be useful to establish empirical criteria for comparing them rather than cherry pick data to reinforce an opinion as time goes on.  I also […]

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admin on March 22nd, 2009

I hope your first reaction to that title is one of dismay.  Am I turning into one of those think tanks or news talk hosts I criticize by passing judgments after only two months of data?  Am I trying to brainwash you into my way of thinking with some hyperbole not backed by empirical evidence? […]

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admin on March 20th, 2009

Time to post some data again.  The following graph, based on Table 1.1.10 in the NIPA database, shows how our exports and imports have trended since 1945, as a percentage of our overall Gross Domestic Productivity (GDP).  This data has multiple implications. The most obvious thing to note is that we have trended towards importing […]

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admin on March 19th, 2009

This is the last entry in a series on the liberty of production.  Previous entries covered the distinction between the liberty of production and liberty of consumption; how those two liberties have evolved over time in western culture; and the current causes and effects connected to exercising our liberty of consumption.  This final entry presents […]

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admin on March 18th, 2009

This is the seventh entry in a series on the liberty of production.  Previous entries established that over the course of history and prehistory culture has gone from emphasizing the liberty of production, the freedom of devoting our labors however we choose, to the liberty of consumption, the freedom of buying whatever we want.  The […]

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