Four More Years?

The President's acceptance speech tonight can be summed up very simply: "I have faith in America; if Americans put their faith in me, things will get better. Cross my heart." Left unexplained is why, if Barack Obama is re-elected, the next four years should be any different from the past four ... Continue reading

Inciting envy

I've been displeased by the increasingly caustic claims — led, unfortunately, by the President — that greedy millionaires and billionaires are the root cause of all that ails our economy. It's a dangerous lie that ought to be beneath someone of President Obama's intelligence and character, but in ... 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

To dream the impossible dream

Nebuchadnezzar was unhappy. The ancient Babylonian king had had a disturbing dream and needed to understand its meaning. He called in his seers and advisers, but he knew they were sycophants who would try to flatter and praise the king with their words. He was disturbed enough by the vision he had ... Continue reading

Underwater Thanksgiving

The headlines don't seem to offer much reason for being thankful this Thanksgiving. My home state of Arizona is second in the nation for "underwater" mortgages, according to a Wall Street Journal report. 48% of all homeowners here owe the bank more than their homes are worth. Nationally, 23% of ... Continue reading

Comparison: United States and Mexico

United States Mexico Constitution 1789 1917 Area 9.63 million sq km 1.97 million sq km Population 295.7 million 106.2 million Life expectancy 77.7 years 75.2 years Infant mortality rate 6.5 per 1000 20.9 per 1000 Indigenous languages 162 291 Indigenous ... Continue reading