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A treasury secretary to be proud of

April 04 | 4:13 AM | Comments (0)

This past Sunday (March 24) marked the 158th anniversary of the birth of one of the best of the 76 men who have held the office of Secretary of the Treasury. His name was Andrew Mellon.

Warnings from the wise about the welfare state

Posted 3/28/2013 | Comments (0)

A Feb. 27, 2013 article in The New York Times on last month’s Italian elections included this interesting paragraph:

The Jesse Jackson lesson

Posted 3/21/2013 | Comments (0)

If you marinate your kids in the wrong values as they’re growing up, don’t be surprised if they end up screwed up, or in jail, or both.

Getting the job done better – privately

Posted 3/14/2013 | Comments (0)

Privatization — turning over the management of an asset or delivery of a service to a private agency or company — is becoming an important tool in the toolkit of local governments. That’s good news at a time when cash-strapped localities and hard-pressed taxpayers deserve a break.

Think the best, do your best

Posted 3/7/2013 | Comments (0)

Anne Frank may well be the most famous 15-year-old author of the 20th Century. She penned but one volume, a diary, while hiding from the Nazis during the German occupation of the Netherlands. “How wonderful it is,” she wrote, “that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Lincoln's good advice

Posted 2/28/2013 | Comments (0)

The President’s Day holiday we mark each year at about this time is meant to remind us of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

The power of positive example

Posted 2/21/2013 | Comments (0)

Close your eyes for just a few seconds and think of one or two people who have motivated you, encouraged you, spurred you on. Then ask yourself, was it because of what they said, or what they did? How they talked, or how they behaved?

Quackery of economic equality

Posted 2/14/2013 | Comments (0)

While equality before the law is a noble goal worth fighting for (indeed, many Americans have sacrificed both their lives and fortunes for it), equality in wealth is both dumb and unachievable. In purely economic terms, we should understand this fundamental truth: Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.

A sound dollar and a speaker from Georgia

Posted 2/7/2013 | Comments (0)

Since the Constitution took effect in 1789, 60 men and one woman have served in the office of Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives, second in the line of succession to the presidency after the vice president. Three of those 61 individuals were from Georgia. Everyone knows the most recent one — Newt Gingrich — but can you name the other two?

The Brown Bomber verses the tax man

Posted 1/31/2013 | Comments (0)

Do you remember the most famous fight for the world heavyweight boxing title between Detroit’s Joe Louis and Max Schmeling of Germany? If you do, you’re up there. It was in 1938. It was a rematch that Louis, known as the “Brown Bomber,” won in just 124 seconds.

A good but reluctant president

Posted 1/24/2013 | Comments (0)

Why is it the people who don’t lust for public office tend to make better public servants if they attain it? That’s my impression, admittedly not a carefully-studied perspective. I’m more confident suggesting that those who do lust for office should be summarily rejected. If you enjoy power over others, I don’t want you near it.

How private coinage became illegal

Posted 1/17/2013 | Comments (0)

Everybody knows what’ll happen if you set up a private mint in your basement, stamp out a few coins and call them “nickels” or “dimes.” They won’t circulate for much longer than you will. Government doesn’t like competition in money — especially if it comes from somebody who makes a better product that keeps its value.

Beware of years that end in 13

Posted 1/10/2013 | Comments (0)

Before this one, the last year that ended in “13” turned out to be one of the unluckiest in American history. Now comes word from astronomers that a recently-discovered comet is heading our way in 2013, predicted by some to blaze 10 times brighter than a full moon.

Are guns the problem?

Posted 12/27/2012 | Comments (0)

Grief weighs heavily this holiday season in the hearts of virtually every citizen of America, in the wake of the Newtown school shooting earlier this month.

From long shot to victory

Posted 12/20/2012 | Comments (0)

That very loud “Boom!” you heard this past Tuesday was the sound of history being made in an unlikely place — Michigan. It’s the state in which I lived for most of 33 years until I came to Georgia in 2010 and it’s about to become the 24th to affirm the right of workers to be free of union coercion.

A museum worth every minute

Posted 12/13/2012 | Comments (0)

More than 150 years ago Karl Marx predicted that communism was inevitable. History, he claimed, was marching toward a communist paradise. In hindsight it would appear that if anything about communism was inevitable, it was that it would sooner or later be relegated to the status of museum relic. In the capital city of a formerly communist country in Eastern Europe, that’s exactly what has happened.

Just say no to the marijuana war

Posted 12/6/2012 | Comments (0)

The most potent mind-altering drug isn’t one that you stick up your nose or inject into your arm. It’s called the truth. In spite of your best efforts to sometimes keep it out, it tends to migrate straight to an important internal organ that biologists identify as the brain — but it can take a long time and a tortuous route to finally get there. The war on marijuana is a case in point.

Be thankful every day

Posted 11/29/2012 | Comments (0)

Thanksgiving is just one day a year, but we have so much to be thankful for -- maybe it should be the other way around: Make Thanksgiving every day but one. Then on that odd day, we can ask forgiveness for not expressing our gratitude.

Keep the Electoral College

Posted 11/22/2012 | Comments (0)

Should the Electoral College be abolished? I say no.

Hurricane Sandy was not a stimulus project

Posted 11/15/2012 | Comments (0)

It never fails. After every natural disaster (and even after devastating wars), somebody claims that the destruction is actually good news.

Lessons from the telegraph

Posted 11/8/2012 | Comments (0)

The Obama Administration thinks it knows what the energy of the future will look like, so it squanders billions on solar and wind companies that go broke. Too bad it never learned about the failures of government in the early 1800s when it thought it knew what the future of communications looked like.

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