Energion Roundtable Week 4 Responses – Other Issues

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I found Joel Watts answer to this week’s Energion Roundtable question a mixed bag.  I agree with him that we should have a flat rate, so I don’t quite understand his desire in the short term to go in the opposite direction. I also agree that government is too large.  I agree we should reform [...]

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Roundtable 4 : Critical Elements of an Economic Plan

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This week’s Energion Roundtable question with Bob Cornwall,  Arthur Sido, Allan R. Bevere, Joel Watts, and myself is: What are the most critical elements of an economic plan for the United States, and how should they be balanced? For example, consider deficit reduction, managing the size of government, creating jobs, maintaining social services, maintaining military [...]

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On your own?

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Obama’s  speech last week in Roanoke is a great example of what is wrong with the Obama Presidency.  First and foremost, while he campaigned as someone who would raise the level of debate and unite the country, he has governed and now runs a campaign based on dividing the country into groups and then pitting [...]

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The Roberts’ Legacy

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Whether it was his aim or not, Chief Justice John Roberts has cemented his legacy. As the Chief Justice, the swing vote and author of the opinion upholding ObamaCare, he will be the one most associated with this ruling, a ruling that renders the constitution null and void.  His motives are irrelevant.  It is the [...]

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What is really wrong with the economy?

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Amidst all the claims, counter-claims and finger pointing, the economy continues to struggle. Sure the unemployment rate finally dropped below 9%, but there was not a lot of celebration as only a little more than 100,000 new jobs were created, while nearly 3 times that number were so discouraged that they gave up looking, or [...]

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Contrasts

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Two stories over at HotAir really provide a nice contrast on the issue of public employee unions in Wisconsin. The first concerns the protest outside a school visited by Governor Scott Walker.  With all the problems with education, you would think that Messmer Preparatory Catholic School would be celebrated for its success, as 85% of its [...]

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Gas Insanity – 2011

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Einstein famously defined Insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Based on this definition, we are once again entering into insanity when it comes to gas prices. I have been observing this since the 1980s, and I am sure that it goes back before this. Every summer prices [...]

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The Problem With Unions

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Unions have been in the news quite a bit lately, with Wisconsin at the head of 37 states seeking to limit the impact of state employee unions on their strained budgets.  For the unions, given the decline in union membership over the last several decades, the fight is a matter of life and death, as [...]

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Can You Trust Conservatives

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The wife of a liberal friend of mine recently asked some sincere questions trying to figure out conservatives, and so I thought I would address them. I will do the political question here and the more religiously oriented ones in the near future at my other blog, www.consider.org/blog. Her politically oriented question concerned the statement [...]

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Profits Part I

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One of the constant complaints from the left for over a century has to do with the whole notion of profits and it shows no signs of letting up.   Be it the Big Oil companies gouging consumers at the pump, Big Pharma gouging people for drugs they need to keep them alive, or Big Insurance [...]

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