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Labor Unions: Your Tax Dollars at (Less and Less) Work

In a recent issue of The Economist, an article appears entitled: “Boeing Bullied”. As a former Boeing management member, this was of some interest to me. The article opens with what is – for The Economist, anyway – some “high drama”: “After several disruptive and costly strikes in a part of the country where unions are strong, a company opens a new plant in a region where they are weak. The union...Read More

The State of American Conservatism: Observations about the Florida Republican Primaries

Florida has recently been described a microcosm of America by its Governor. Indeed, in many rsspects, it does appear to reflect the attitudes and values of many American conservatives. One byproduct of this condition is that he Florida Republican Primary election this year revealed some interesting things about the values and priorities of American conservatism. A look at the numbers published by USA Today on the...Read More

GM Claims Success by Lowering Expectations

Several years ago I was approached by a client who wanted to co-author a book with me. His idea was to write about an alternative approach to succeeding in business, and his working title was: “Manage your Way to Success by Lowering Expectations.” I was pretty sure at the time that it was an approach I wanted no part of, and so I declined to participate. However, it now looks like my client was ahead of...Read More

Separation of Church and State?

Here are excerpts from the Preambles of the constitutions of each of our 50 United States: Alabama 1901, Preamble We the people of the State of Alabama , invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution.. Alaska 1956, Preamble We, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land. Arizona 1911, Preamble We, the...Read More

Backing Losers: Why Do Otherwise Rational People Continue to Ascribe to Irrational Positions?

 I recently authored a blog about a dinner conversation where one of my colleagues insisted that President Obama bears almost no blame for the current state of the US economy, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. (  Last week, I had a similar conversation with a relative who has the unfortunate disability of...Read More

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