Category Archives: Political

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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“It doesn’t make any sense” IV

How one state prioritizes the use of tax-payers’ money: Pennsylvania State University and football coach Joe Paterno renegotiated a contract which still had a year to run. The board of trustees acceded to practically all the family’s requests; the resulting package was … Continue reading

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Everything is Changing: Why you should care

Change is everywhere – politics, business, the environment, our institutions – and it’s accelerating. Leaders in power for decades are being toppled. “Twenty something” entrepreneurs create ground-breaking technologies out of thin air. Record-setting temperatures and devastating “natural disasters” become part … Continue reading

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Innovation and Collaboration: What the world needs now

Responding to today’s challenges will require the cooperation of individuals and groups representing diverse backgrounds and cultures: industry leaders, government officials, non-governmental organizations, academics and visionaries. In conjunction with my good friend, Zhihe Wang, I recently had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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“It doesn’t make any sense” III

Ethanol subsidies, first introduced in 1978 and expanded by Congress many times since, is one of the most egregious examples of ill-conceived government policy one can find. These subsidies have inflated food prices, undercut the competitiveness of U.S. cattle, hog … Continue reading

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“It doesn’t make any sense” II

The world population rose from 1.6 billion in 1900 to 7 billion in October 2011, and the U.N. projects that it will reach 9.3 billion by 2050. Achieving agreement on the “right” number of people may be impossible, but it’s … Continue reading

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“It doesn’t make any sense”

In his 2012 State of the Union speech, President Obama used the phrase, “it doesn’t make any sense,” a number of times to describe current policies he believes are wrong or ineffective. His examples ranged from giving tax breaks to … Continue reading

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