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"Innocent Bystander" -- Where is Smedley Butler When We Need Him?

“Innocent Bystander” — Where is Smedley Butler When We Need Him?

General Smedley Butler is one of America’s least known and unsung heroes. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1881 into a prominent family of Quaker decent; Smedley Butler opted not to follow in his father’s footprints to become a lawyer and a judge. But instead lied about his age to, enlist in the marines to […]

"Innocent Bystander": The Illegal Immigration Question

“Innocent Bystander”: The Illegal Immigration Question

To better understand this issue objectively we must first accept the fact that the illegal immigration question that is now a major political issue has its genesis in economics. Our nation’s decisions and choices, both on a political and personal magnitude over the past decades, have turned illegal immigration into a political debate that has […]

Innocent Bystander: America’s Abandonment of Intellectual Capital

Innocent Bystander: America’s Abandonment of Intellectual Capital

The end of another school year comes with mixed blessing for professors: one of happiness knowing we are free from grading tests and papers, and the dismal feeling we get when we have to grade our next generation of leaders. As a nation we now live a myth and in past dreams of glory days. […]

America’s Love Affair with Bi Polar Compassion: The Baby Boomer’s Lament

America’s Love Affair with Bi Polar Compassion: The Baby Boomer’s Lament

As Americans we like to take pride in the generosity we afford to humanity in times of distress. Especially, in the wake of such natural catastrophes as floods, famine, earthquakes, tsunami’s,  etc.  To a degree, our compassion to assist others at such times is etched upon our American ethos either by our secular humanity or […]

Innocent Bystander: Is The Bully The Self Reflection of Our Society?

Innocent Bystander: Is The Bully The Self Reflection of Our Society?

Up until now bullying was simply and incorrectly viewed as a right of passage. Now after many years of incidents of preventable death, untold emotional terrorism, and negative psychological effects it has inflicted upon its victims. American society has finally opened its eyes to this problem and social injustice. Not unlike, the injustice America inflicted […]

Predicting the Economic Forecast

Predicting the Economic Forecast

Predicting the Economic Forecast What Economists and weathermen share in common is our ability to make forecasts for the future. Where we differ is in the sad fact that weathermen tend to be more accurate and uniform in their predictions. I believe I can say this with more of a vein of truth then sarcasm. […]

A Call for Financial Amnesty

A Call for Financial Amnesty

As our nation moves into its fifth year of the Great Recession, our nation shows no strong signs of recovery. Which is easily confirmed with the current grim statistics: 15 million Americans unemployed; 50 million Americans either have lost their homes or are currently in foreclosure; with as many as 50 million Americans without proper […]

Remembering Shay’s Rebellion

Remembering Shay’s Rebellion

Why We Need to Occupy Wall Street. If as a nation we are unable to remember Shay’s Rebellion; this article will help  us remember the importance of historian, Santayana’s writing, “ those who can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it” This is most appropriate today when we revisit the events of Shay’s rebellion […]

America's New Leper Class

America’s New Leper Class

America’s New Economic Leper Class (The Forgotten Faces behind the Great Recession) By now Americans are well aware of The Great Recession that has plagued our nation for the past five years, which for many is a depression that offers no end in sight. Regretfully, as a nation we have lost our conscience and morality […]

Is The Bully The Self Reflection of Our Society?

Is The Bully The Self Reflection of Our Society?

Up until now bullying was simply and incorrectly viewed as a right of passage. Now after many years of incidents of preventable death, untold emotional terrorism, and negative psychological effects it has inflicted upon its victims. American society has finally opened its eyes to this problem and social injustice. Not unlike, the injustice America inflicted […]

The Bridge from Yesterday to Nowhere

The Bridge from Yesterday to Nowhere

 The Bridge from Yesterday to Nowhere   The old adage, everything old is new again, has much relevance when debating the design options for the new Tappan Zee Bridge; as the obsolete bridge celebrates its 55th birthday and pending retirement. On one hand I have to applaud Governor Cuomo and President Obama for pushing for […]

Death by Unemployment

Death by Unemployment

As we enter another Presidential election little has changed on the economic front. Unemployment is still at record levels; approximately 15 millions Americans are still unemployed; 6.6. million of them long term -27 weeks or more, with many from this group over 50. We also have approximately 50 million Americans without healthcare benefits.  The irony […]