Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 2/2/2016
Wharton Professor Jeremy Siegel notes that if his 50 years of Social Security taxes had been invested in a stock fund index instead of wherever the government put it, his benefits payable over the next twenty years would have been almost three times greater. Even if the money had been put in U.S. Treasuries, as they were supposed to have been, he would have had 50% more.
Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 1/28/2016
If gun ownership is the problem why then is Washington D.C. the gun murder capitol of America with 16.5 gun murders per year per 100,000 residents when only 3.6% of the population own guns, by far the lowest in the country according to FBI statistics.
Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 1/27/2016
The recent movie “The Big Short” gave a pretty good overview of the mortgage and banking crisis of 2008. However, it failed to identify one big cause: the US Government, specifically Fannie and Freddie’s appetite for sub-prime loans encouraged by a Democratic Congress. And now they’re at it again by selling something called synthetic CDOs as a way of offloading risky loans to private investors, just like those evil Wall Street Banks vilified in the movie.
Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 1/26/2016
During the so-called State of the Union address, President Obama made much of the U.S. economy’s job growth, but one place real jobs come from is annual business startups which have declined dramatically since their peak in 2006 by nearly 50%. For the first time in at least 40 years, businesses closing annually has exceeded startups.
Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 1/25/2016
The vow to freeze out lobbyists and nail shut the revolving door was apparently just a throwaway line in Barack Obama’s stump speeches. Note that the top lobbyist for the private health insurance industry fighting Obamacare is a former Health and Human Services official. The head of the software industry’s lobbying group is a former Obama White House appointee; and an Obama aide deeply involved in crafting the White House’s broadband Internet policy now serves as the chief lawyer for the telecom industry group seeking to legally overturn those same rules.
Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 1/20/2016
In listening to some of the debate rhetoric, we’re reminded of something T.S. Eliot wrote: “… when everyone knows a little about a great many things, it becomes increasingly difficult for anyone to know whether he knows what he is talking about or not. And when we do not know, or when we do not know enough, we tend always to substitute emotions for thoughts.”
Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 1/19/2016
Last month Governor Brown promised to cut greenhouse-gas emissions in California to 80% below 1990 levels by the year 2050. The question is how when the population is projected to grow by 30% during the same time period? Another meaningless pandering political promise that’s going to cost the state’s economy.
Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 1/13/2016
Let’s see if we have this straight: President Obama can enact by executive order new gun control laws that may, as he put it, “save the life of one child” which is a laudable goal, but he cannot restrict immigration from Syria and other troubled nations that may save the lives of many?
Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 1/06/2016
America’s share of greenhouse-gas emissions has been declining for more than a decade from 24% in 2000 to only 13% today; while China, who, according to another good deal negotiated by the Administration, doesn’t have to even begin to slow their emission for another 15 years. And China is already generating 23% of the world’s greenhouse-gases. And for this President Obama has pledged $3 billion to the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund?
Something To Think About - Something To Think About – 12/21/2015
Rudy Giuliani notes that “We are paying a big price in safety and security by worshiping at the altar of political correctness. Large bureaucracies are often strongly influenced by the signals given by their leaders; the current refusal to identify the enemy accurately impedes the ability of law enforcement to properly categorize and investigate suspicious behavior.”