A modest proposal to save Social Security, and America

As you may have heard, Social Security is going broke. In 2010, the program ran a $49 billion deficit for the first time since 1983, and more red ink is expected when the 2011 figures are released. After that, things get worse. As the Social Security Trustees point out in their 2011 report: After ... Continue reading

Putting America back to work

I went to Walmart the other day to get some new sunglasses. If my name was Warren Buffet, I'd probably do all of my shopping at Neiman-Marcus. Actually, I'd probably hire people to do my shopping for me. Since I need to make my paycheck stretch until it screams for mercy, it's Walmart for me.I ... Continue reading

Biden: A snore away from the presidency

The Vice President snored loudly during much of President Obama's budget speech yesterday, causing some embarrassment for the President and members of the cabinet who were sitting nearby. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner could be seen on video jabbing Biden in the ribs with his elbow, but the VP ... Continue reading

11 predictions for 2011

In what may become an annual tradition at AnotherThink, at least until we get bored and our solar-powered crystal ball quits working, we join with the world's seers and prognosticators to bring you the following 11 predictions for the year 2011.1. In the final straw for President Obama's liberal ... Continue reading

Nagging questions: MacArthur Park

Someone left the cake out in the rain. I don't think that I can take it, 'cause it took so long to bake it, and I'll never have that recipe again. Oh, no! — from the 1968 hit song MacArthur Park There are many questions in life, some big, some not so big. Big questions: Does God exist and does ... Continue reading

The end of chocolate as we know it

Scientists in Geneva, Switzerland, have created the most powerful particle beam collision in history — and they didn't destroy the world. Yet.This should be good news, but they plan to try the experiment again, which is the scientific equivalent of running around naked on a golf course in a ... Continue reading

Blue whale crooners

Like Italian crooners and Latin lovers, male blue whales serenade potential mates with song. Scientists have been recording these songs since the early 1960s, first in the Atlantic, then branching out to listening stations around the globe. A few years ago they reached a startling conclusion: year ... Continue reading

One small breath for mankind

With the Obama administration's brave decision to classify carbon dioxide (CO2) as a hazardous pollutant, environmentalists everywhere are troubled and wondering, how can we clean up our very own, air-fouling breath?What? No one ever told you that your body belches out CO2? It's true! The ... Continue reading