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Obama Acceptance Speech is a Lesson in Irony, Propoganda and Disingenuousness

President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention was a study in irony and disingenuousness. Propoganda at it’s finest, including glittering generalizations and soaring prose. Perhaps the most striking example of ironic disingenuousness was his complaint about the role that money plays to influence public policy and legislation. The President said: “If you turn away now, if you buy...Read More

5 Reasons to Repeal Obamacare

  There are dozens of reasons to repeal the legislation now known as Obamacare. Remember that this is the legislation that was so bad, it could only be passed with the out-and-out purchase of votes referred to in the press as “the Cornhusker Kickback” and “the Louisiana Purchase.” While there are undeniably desirable elements in the legislation, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, the bad far...Read More

Follow-Up: Why Do People Continue to Back Losers?

I have struggled for quite some time with the question of why people continue to support obviously poor performers – whether in sports or politics (http://sensiblethought.com/2011/backing-losers-why-do-otherwise-rational-people-continue-to-ascribe-to-irrational-positions). This week presented me with more evidence that IQ is at least one factor.  I was going through the TSA checkpoint yesterday on my way out...Read More

How Dumb is the American Public?

A couple of years ago, I was a DoD employee leading a team of engineers and supply chain professionals working to restore the war-torn economies of the Middle East. I travelled one week to Kadahar, in southern Afghanistan, to meet with local Afghan government officials, and I was asked by contractor who was supporting my team at that time to look up a friend of hers while I was KAF (Kandahar Air Field). “Mary...Read More

Diminishing the Lives of Our Children: Why Don’t We Care?

A recent Gallup Poll indicates that over half of us are no longer confident that the next generation of Americans have the opportunity to be better off than we are today. “Nearly six in 10 Americans are currently dissatisfied with the opportunity for the next generation of Americans to live better than their parents. Older Americans are particularly unhappy on this question, but on balance, the majority of...Read More

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