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Col. Frank Ryan<br />USMC (Ret.)

Col. Frank Ryan
USMC (Ret.)

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Frank Ryan


    Fri, August 29, 2014

    Quantitative Easing Revisited

    By the end of the year 2014, the results and the impact of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing programs should be clearly known. It is anticipated widely that the Fed will eliminate ...

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    Tue, August 05, 2014

    The Cruelty of Liberalism

    The feel-good policies of many liberals are so fraught with unintended consequences that the very help that people believe they are providing to those less fortunate are, in fact, ensuring that those ...

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    Wed, July 16, 2014

    Trickle Up Poverty

    Despite Republican cries to the contrary, President Obama and his team have effectively set the agenda for the US economy and the United States for the years, and perhaps decades, ahead.

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    Mon, May 19, 2014

    Liberal Agenda Backfires

    No good deed goes unpunished!

    No expression could be more appropriate as it relates to the liberal agenda as it relates to illegal immigration.

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    Thu, April 24, 2014

    The GOP and Hispanics

    Since I began my walk across America to raise awareness of the needs of children with behavioral, emotional, and developmental disabilities, I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of ...

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    Mon, March 10, 2014

    Stopping Welfare Fraud

    Welfare?

    Welfare systems and social service systems have expanded substantially since the Great Depression.

    Since the depression, ...

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    Thu, January 30, 2014

    The American Aristorcacy

    The American Aristocracy
    The American Revolution was fought in order to allow the American colonies the right to determine their own future.

    The Declaration ...

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    Thu, January 09, 2014

    Pope Francis, Thomas Jefferson and Capitalism

    "Unless you believe, you will not understand"

    This quote in paragraph 23 of the papal encyclical "Lumen Fidei" provides insight into how to ...

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    Fri, December 20, 2013

    Call to Duty

    This December marks the ninth anniversary of my being recalled to active duty out of my military retirement from the Marine Corps reserve. I was one of the thousands that would eventually be called ...

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    Wed, November 27, 2013

    The Real Employment Problem

    Supposedly the economy is rebounding. Years of stimulus spending by the Administration and over $3 Trillion in quantitative easing by the Fed is allegedly working. Or is it?

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    Wed, November 13, 2013

    When Will They Stop Lying About Health Care?

    In my oath of office as a United States Marine, I was asked if I had any moral hesitation or moral purpose of evasion to honor my oath. It was a clear question. It was concise. The question was ...

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    Mon, September 30, 2013

    Failure of Command

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, in response to the Navy Yard killings, remarked that there were a number of red flags missed in the background check of Navy contractor Aaron Alexis. "Ya ...

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    Thu, September 05, 2013

    The Perfect Storm

    Our nation is facing a perfect financial storm that will affect the lives of our citizens for decades to come.

    Despite the potential chaos which may ensue, the ...

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    Fri, August 09, 2013

    DOMA Ruling Creates New Bias

    DOMA Unconstitutional — Problem Created

    In the 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.

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    Fri, July 19, 2013

    Race Relations: Have We Progressed at All?

    To say that I am confused with the multiple reactions to the Zimmerman verdict would be an understatement.

    In the wake of the Zimmerman court case, the disparity in ...

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    Mon, July 01, 2013

    Education Bubble Has Burst

    The student loan debate in Congress is bringing to the forefront the student loan crisis plaguing our nation as well as the financial instability of academic institutions in the United States.

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    Fri, May 24, 2013

    Ryan Plans Walk Across America

    Whether it is Sandy Hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech, or any horrific tragedy that strikes America, the apparent reaction is to respond with the predetermined agenda of the media and this ...

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    Thu, May 02, 2013

    Fed Fueling Stock Market Inflation

    The stock market has recently posted recent highs since the 2008 financial meltdown.

    Inflation is allegedly tame and within "acceptable" limits.

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    Fri, April 12, 2013

    The Last Frontier

    Throughout the history of the world when people have become oppressed they have fled and moved to neighboring uncharted lands. The uprooted and migrating people are called refugees, pioneers, ...

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    Fri, March 22, 2013

    Modern Day Debtor Prisons

    Modern Day Slavery Debtor Prisons

    The United States has often prided itself that we no longer have debtor prisons. Debtor's prisons were, for the most part, ...

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    Thu, February 07, 2013

    Greed is Good

    When the Treasury sold some of "our" shares in GM recently and agreed to sell our remaining shares over a 12-15 month period, the expected loss on the GM bailout will amount to ...

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    Fri, January 18, 2013

    A Time for Leadership

    The American Taxpayer Relief Act was passed and conservatives around the nation immediately began calling for the heads of those conservative lawmakers who voted in favor of the bill.

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    Thu, December 27, 2012

    Social Security and the Politics of Deceit

    In the Vice Presidential debate, Paul Ryan stated "Medicare and social security are going bankrupt". Without hesitation Joe Biden said emphatically "in regard to social security, we ...

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    Thu, December 06, 2012

    Low Interest Rates: Winners and Losers

    "Anytime you have a really great deal, remember for every winner there must be a loser."

    The expression means that when you have a "lopsided" ...

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    Wed, November 21, 2012

    Uncertainty Worst Part of Fiscal Cliff

    No decision is a decision. There's never been a time in our nation's history when that expression means more. The lack of a decision by President Obama and Congress has sparked the doom and gloom of ...

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    Thu, November 15, 2012

    The Fall and Rebirth of America

    The election results are now in and many conservatives and Republicans are disheartened.

    The hope that many of us had that the nightmare of the Obama presidency ...

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    Fri, October 26, 2012

    Deflation is Here

    Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Finland have been issuing short term government notes at negative interest rates since mid year 2012!

    This dangerous precedent has ...

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    Thu, October 04, 2012

    Sticks and Stones

    Few people would consider denigrating any religion or person to be a reasonable, mature, and decent way to behave.

    Yet when riots and killings are allegedly sparked ...

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    Tue, September 18, 2012

    The Disaster of Quantitative Easing

    Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Finland have been issuing short term government notes at negative interest rates since mid year 2012!

    This dangerous precedent has ...

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    Thu, August 23, 2012

    Deflation's Impact

    In response to an article on actions the Federal Reserve consider relating to monetary policy, a blogger questioned me and asked "inflation, deflation, does it really matter?

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    Mon, July 30, 2012

    Fighting the Last Depression

    Fighting this Depression with the Last Depression's Tactics is a recipe for disaster!

    In Chairman Bernanake's doctoral thesis, he "focused on the role of ...

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    Thu, July 19, 2012

    Obama Thinks Government is the Root of All Creation


    (This article first appeared in Investors Business Daily.)

    In the beginning, Government provided the infrastructure that permitted the success of American ...

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    Sun, July 15, 2012

    It's the Uncertainty, Stupid!


    In Chairman Bernanake's doctoral thesis, he "focused on the role of
    monetary policy in affecting economic activity, and on the historical analysis of the causes of the Great ...

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    Mon, June 18, 2012

    Time for a Government Anti-Trust Act?

    Many laws protect us against abusive businesses.

    Some laws protect us against abusive unions.

    But what laws effectively protect ...

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    Thu, May 31, 2012

    Starving the Beast

    With the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers effectively signed their own death warrant.

    The Declaration said in part "That whenever any Form of ...

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    Thu, May 10, 2012

    Debt - The New Equity

    In 2008 the financial world, as we know it, changed.

    Many of the principles we were taught were invalidated, it seemed.
    Save for retirement and live happily ...

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    Mon, April 30, 2012

    Civil Disobedience - Take a Stand!

    With the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the founding fathers
    effectively signed their own death warrant.

    The Declaration said in part ...

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    Mon, April 09, 2012

    Government Caused Depression?

    During the Vietnam conflict a common complaint of soldiers was that you could never tell who the enemy really was.

    In this current economic recession I too am ...

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    Fri, March 30, 2012

    The Peace Dividend: Paid but Not Earned

    When the Berlin Wall collapsed and it appeared that the Soviet Union was going to break apart completely, President Clinton declared a peace dividend. During that "declaration" of the ...

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    Tue, March 13, 2012

    The Fed: We're Doing it Again

    No sooner had the housing market bubble burst in 2008, when the culprit for the real estate bubble was identified, in part, as the teaser interest rates.
    Teaser interest rates, also called ...

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    Wed, February 22, 2012

    Lost Hope

    As our economy continues to struggle, the structural problems facing our citizens which influence the current economic malaise must not be overlooked.

    There are ...

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    Wed, February 01, 2012

    Conduct Unbecoming

    Recently Congressman and retired Lt. Col. Allen West decried the public outrage over the reaction to the videos of the Marines allegedly urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban.

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    Wed, January 11, 2012

    It's the Uncertainty Stupid!

    Operation Twist is the Federal Reserve's most recent effort to reduce long term interest rates. In selling $400 Billion in short term securities to use the proceeds to invest in longer term U. S. ...

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    Thu, December 01, 2011

    Super Committee: Success or Failure?

    In the Budget Control Act of 2011, Congress created the Super Committee. The Super Committee technically called the "Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction" was chartered with the ...

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    Mon, October 31, 2011

    Pro-Union is Not Pro-Worker

    A recurring theme from the current administration is that to be pro-organized labor is to be pro-worker. Concurrently, the administration has consistently refuted that it is using class warfare as a ...

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    Fri, September 23, 2011

    A Reply to Warren Buffet

    In an opinion editorial on August 14, 2011 in the New York Times, Warren Buffett exclaimed that politicians were coddling the super rich.

    The research Mr. Buffett did on the tax code ...

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    Tue, September 06, 2011

    Recreating the Dream

    The American Dream can be restored to reality.

    I have never been as optimistic about the future of our great nation as I am today despite significant leadership ...

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    Thu, August 11, 2011

    Mr. President - It's 3 A.M.

    During the 2008 presidential campaign, then candidate Hilary Clinton ridiculed Barack Obama's inexperience with the now famous ad asking who you wanted to answer the phone during a crisis at ...

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    Fri, August 05, 2011

    Creating Uncertainty: Recipe for Economic Disaster

    As Congress and the President debated the increase in the debt ceiling limit to over $16 Trillion, millions of Americans have been held hostage by threats to entitlement programs and threats to ...

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    Tue, July 26, 2011

    Economic Slavery

    The "tax the rich" hysteria gripping this nation is absolute insanity. Cries to raise taxes on those with incomes over $250,000 or some other magical number are incredulous.

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    Fri, June 10, 2011

    Dealing with Disaster

    From the collapse of the Soviet Union to the sovereign debt disasters brewing in Europe, the fatigue and fear of their citizens is clearly evident in their weary eyes. With unemployment in Spain at ...

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    Thu, May 19, 2011

    Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

    The entire budget debate on Capitol Hill and at the White House is a charade!
    To put the $61 Billion dollar budget cuts in perspective, consider that we could save $38 Billion alone by ...

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    Thu, April 28, 2011

    Eliminating the Department of Education

    Cosmetic budget cuts will not solve our nation's debt woes. Real change is required to right our county. Waste must be identified, isolated, and eliminated.

    One ...

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    Thu, March 31, 2011

    The Way Ahead - A Nation in Crisis

    Whenever a nation's government tells its citizens, either business or labor, that they can run your operations better than you can, that government's credibility is shaken.

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    Thu, March 03, 2011

    Death of Common Decency

    The Supreme Court ruled that the Westboro Baptist Church's behavior in demonstrating at the funeral of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder was protected speech under the First Amendment of the ...

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    Fri, February 25, 2011

    Serious Solutions

    The President announced the 2012 budget of $3.73 Trillion with an expected deficit of $1.1 trillion. The massive deficit combines with the three prior years' deficits of in excess of $1 Trillion ...

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    Fri, January 14, 2011

    Deficit Inspired National Stragegy

    The sovereign debt issues of Europe will soon pale in comparison to the sovereign debt issues of the United States.

    The European crisis is merely the forerunner ...

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    Wed, December 01, 2010

    GM Success Story?

    In November 2010, GM sold stock in a public offering.

    At the same time, the President announced that the tough decisions made during his administration were ...

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    Thu, November 11, 2010

    Obsessive Regulatory Disorder

    It's flu season and yet the vaccine for ORD has yet to be developed. The virus is spreading. Our health system is inundated. What is a Nation to do!

    The disease ...

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    Fri, October 01, 2010

    Persuit of Happiness

    I think I can! I think I can!

    Most of us remember with warmness in our hearts that great parable of the little engine and its effort and determination in triumphing over obstacles and ...

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    Fri, September 10, 2010

    Seeds of the Next September 11th

    Wikileaks recently published over 90,000 classified documents relating to the Afghanistan war and, in a second brazen act, published top secret CIA documents for the whole world to view.

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    Fri, August 20, 2010

    WANASOMA

    Wanasoma! That's right. Wanasoma.

    Our government has learned economics all too well. The government understands elasticity of demand better than most economists ...

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    Fri, July 23, 2010

    Ideology vs. Philosophy: An Education Dilemma

    Star Trek's Dr. Spock must be so confused.

    Seeing the thought process of some of the politicians, business and labor leaders today causes most rational persons to ...

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    Fri, July 09, 2010

    Misery Index Revisited

    For those old enough to remember, the 1980's were consumed by periods of high unemployment, high inflation, and devastating interest rates. The national debt was almost $1 Trillion. Interest rates ...

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    Thu, June 10, 2010

    Energy Disaster

    On March 28, 1979, Three Mile Island suffered a partial core meltdown at Unit 2 of its nuclear reactors. The causes of the failure are now well documented but the consequences of the disaster to ...

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    Fri, May 21, 2010

    Democracy and Freedom Lost

    In my years of service in the United States Marine Corps and having had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time in foreign nations, it became very clear how to me how governments are overthrown ...

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    Fri, April 30, 2010

    Civil Liberties Eroded

    The health care bill, the financial services industry restructuring, the Patriot Act and a host of other bills, rules, regulations, and controls are all serving to quickly erode the very liberties ...

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    Fri, March 19, 2010

    National Debt Threatens National Security

    The greatest national security threat to the United States is our national debt. A determined enemy could bring us to our knees without firing a shot.

    Just as ...

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    Fri, February 26, 2010

    The Perfect Financial Storm

    Since September 2008, the Nation has been in the grip of a painful recession which has affected each and every one of us.

    With unemployment standing steady at over ...

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    Tue, February 09, 2010

    Reform Government as Well as Banking

    Reform government as well as banking!

    President Obama on January 21 chastised the banking industry for taking such tremendous risks with taxpayer funds!

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    Wed, December 23, 2009

    Iraq Was Not Vietnam; Afghanistan is Not Iraq

    The President's decision to send 30,000 troops to Afghanistan came after careful deliberation. The certainty of his rhetoric concerning withdrawal during the campaign has apparently been replaced ...

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    Fri, November 13, 2009

    Civility and Selfless Sacrifice

    By Col. Frank Ryan, USMC (Ret.)

    The Medal of Honor is bestowed on those individuals &amp;quot;who conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his ...

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    Fri, October 23, 2009

    Rebuilding America: Medical Reform

    Over the weekend of September 11th, President Obama chided opponents of his health care reforms for being naysayers. He accused them of lying and of not offering alternatives.

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    Fri, October 02, 2009

    The Strategy for Victory or the Agony of Defeat?

    Our Nation is once again being terrorized by extremist groups intent upon making a statement or inflicting damage to our way of life.

    Many are not convinced that ...

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    Fri, August 21, 2009

    Rebuilding America: - Focus Efforts or Lose the Legacy

    Focus Efforts or Lose the Legacy

    Watching our Congress in action and the change that has engulfed our Nation since January 2009, I am convinced that the Obama strategy is to throw so much into the mix that fiscal conservatives will ...

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    Thu, August 20, 2009

    Misguided President

    Recently, President Obama urged religious leaders to support his health care plan. He invoked a moral and ethical standard.

    He stated: "These are all ...

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    Mon, July 13, 2009

    Essays on Rebuilding America - The Customer

    The Customer

    Recently I went into a fast food restaurant and ordered a hamburger, fries and a diet coke. When paying for my meal, the sales clerk told me that my bill was $27.52. I was stunned. When I ...

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    Fri, June 19, 2009

    Letter of Resignation - 'I no longer wish to be a taxpayer'

    'I no longer wish to be a taxpayer'

    When I heard Joe Biden tell me it was my patriotic responsibility to pay more taxes, I felt like resigning from the Taxpayers Club of America! Wouldn't you love to resign as well?

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    Thu, May 28, 2009

    Ryan's Rules on Free Markets: A Lesson in Freedoms Lost

    There are certain rules of law that fall within the purview of man and there are significantly more important truisms of markets that defy the laws of man. Whenever man attempts to interfere with ...

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    Fri, May 08, 2009

    Rebuilding America: The Oath

    Having just seen the Department of Homeland Security's advisory relating to right wing extremists and how the word extremist is being used towards anyone not agreeing with the President, I am ...

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    Wed, March 18, 2009

    Bailouts, the Constitution and the Role of Government

    Recently Cramer was attached by Jon Stewart. The attacks were anything but complimentary but what Stewart failed to understand when he claimed that Wall Street knew "this" panic was going ...

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    Fri, February 20, 2009

    Opportunity Lost

    President Obama signed the Stimulus Bill into law on February 17, 2009. At the moment of the signing, he stood up and uttered "It's done".

    In ...

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    Thu, February 12, 2009

    A Tribute to Lincoln - A Travesty to Lincoln

    During the recent Presidential Inauguration, Barack Obama used the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used during his inauguration. Obama traveled from Illinois using the same route Lincoln did on his ...

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    Fri, January 23, 2009

    Rebuilding America: - Bubbles and Panics

    Bubbles and Panics

    On Good Morning America, Elizabeth Warren, Chairperson of the Congressional Oversight Panel reviewing the expenditures of the TARP funds, expressed righteous indignation with the inability to track ...

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    Wed, December 31, 2008

    Rebuilding America - The Commoditization of America

    The Commoditization of America

    Wal-Mart's and Costco's tremendous success have led us to believe that everything we do and everything we buy are determined only by price. This commoditization of America has had a profound effect ...

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    Thu, December 11, 2008

    The End of JFK Idealism?

    "Ask not what your country can do for you……."

    In his inauguration, President Kennedy invoked our patriotism and sense of honor to serve our ...

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    Wed, November 19, 2008

    Rebuilding America: - Government regulations legalize greed

    Government regulations legalize greed

    The most recent spat of corporate, personal and government greed is causing many Americans to demand greater oversight and regulation on our financial markets. Unfortunately for all of us, these ...

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    Fri, October 31, 2008

    An Open Letter to Colin Powell

    General Powell, I have a tremendous respect for you and what you have done for our country. It is out of that profound respect that I am concerned about your recent endorsement of Senator Barack ...

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    Wed, October 08, 2008

    Tax the Wealthy -- Baffled Again

    I just don't get it. I truly do not understand.

    Over my entire lifetime and in this most recent presidential election cycle, I have heard some lower income ...

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    Wed, September 17, 2008

    Rebuilding America: - Energy Independence

    Energy Independence

    Inflate your tires, tune up your car's engine, drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge are all reflective of the multitude of potential solutions to our Nation's energy problems. Despite these ...

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