Category Archives: Blogs On Current Affairs & Events

Xinhua News Agency Interviews Schwerin

A dozen years ago, when my wife and I took the first of our five trips to China, talking about the environment was almost forbidden. Economic development, no matter what the cost, was the government and peoples’ sole focus. This … Continue reading

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How taxing is it?

  “Heredity and environment play a role, but what really makes you what you are is Tax Policy!” This whimsical wisdom was offered in a comic in the March 18th issue of Barron’s Financial Weekly newspaper. Tax policy has long … Continue reading

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It doesn’t make any sense VII

Seven nationwide cases of tampering with drug bottles, and now we have packaging standards throughout the industry. Ten thousand gun deaths per year, and nothing. The NRA is more powerful than big pharma, the airline industry and our government. What … Continue reading

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Global Warming – Fact or Fiction?

President Obama, in his second Inaugural Address, significantly elevated the priority of climate change. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he stated. The President … Continue reading

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Old Problems Need New Thinking

Over the past 18 months, Wide Angle Thinking has addressed a number of critical problems. The subjects included: pollution and global warming, terrorism and war, debt and deficits and health and health care. We also discussed a number of specific … Continue reading

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It doesn’t make any sense VI

A well-educated citizenry is critical for the prosperity and well-being of society. On that most people agree. So why is athletics placed above academics? Why are fast, easy on-line courses placed above a challenging 21st century curriculum? It doesn’t make any … Continue reading

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Look Out Below

The 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign focused, in large measure, on the efficacy of increasing taxes on wealthy Americans to help reduce the country’s unsustainable deficits and ballooning debt. Fuel for this debate is the fact that income inequality is now … Continue reading

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The Coming Fiscal Cliff – Jump!

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke coined the term “fiscal cliff” to describe the situation which will begin in 2013 when income tax rates rise and federal spending declines. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts that a recession will likely occur under … Continue reading

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“It doesn’t make any sense” V

“Or does it?” Harvard University recently revealed that about half of the undergraduates in a course given in the Spring semester were suspected of cheating on a take-home exam. Can you guess what course was involved? None other than “Introduction … Continue reading

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Leaders on Trial

Political leaders everywhere face unprecedented challenges but have had little success meeting them. A new approach is needed. In an Op-Ed recently published by the Millennium Post in Delhi, India, David outlines a simple, yet practical solution. The text of … Continue reading

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