Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions
and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested
in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you.
I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size.
Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.
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What did the US Census Count?
Posted at: Apr/04/2011 : Posted by: Mel
Related Category: Politics & Gov,
In 2010 under the direction of congress a census was conducted in America. This is an event that recurs every 10 years as described in the U.S. Constitution. This is specified in Article-1, Section 2 of the Constitution as written in 1790. The census is further defined in the fourteenth Amendment which was ratified in 1868. The U.S. census as inserted into the constitution in 1790 was not a new.....read more…
Islamic Radicalization Hearings
Posted at: Mar/23/2011 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Society,
Congress is holding another hearing. Actually, Congress holds hundreds of hearings each year discussing everything from air travel, to ethics, to water policy, to vitamin safety. The value of most congressional hearing is debatable. Some Congressional hearings are a recurring ritual such as receiving reports from various federal agencies in a question and answer environment. Some hearings are a.....read more…
The economic coin toss
Posted at: Mar/04/2011 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Economics,
It's been almost five years since the housing bubble popped. When the housing market evaporated venture capital and the creation of new businesses seemed to also disappear. Just with respect to the housing market the ever repeating question has been “why is it taking so long for the housing market to sort itself out?” I have read theories and heard congressional hearing talking about the glut of .....read more…
The Modern Bedlam
Posted at: Mar/01/2011 : Posted by: mel
Have you heard the term “Bedlam” before? Our modern usage of the term bedlam has come to mean an uproar or chaos, but it didn’t used to have this meaning.
Originally, the name came from a London hospital named “Bethlehem” which in Hebrew means “house of bread”. That is actually a pretty fitting name since the hospital was originally intended for the poor and suffering who had no other lodging.....read more…
Are Labor Unions relevant?
Posted at: Feb/28/2011 : Posted by: mel
For the sake of fair disclosure I need to be clear right from the start; I am not a union member and to this point have made a significant effort in my professional life to avoid being a part of a unionized work environment.
Labor unions have played a very important part in the American economy. In particular, during the post WWII decades when U.S. manufacturing dominated the world economic st.....read more…
Bread and Circuses
Posted at: Feb/16/2011 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: World Watching,
Have you heard the term “Bread and Circuses” before? The phrase originates from a Roman poet named Juvenal from around 100AD (now CE). In content the phrase points to how the Roman populace had given up its birthright of political involvement for bread and circuses. Specifically, Juvenal was pointing to how Roman politicians no longer attained power through heroism, instead they acquired their .....read more…
Posted at: Feb/09/2011 : Posted by: mel
If you have been paying attention to any news, you are aware that people have been in the streets in Egypt for nearly two weeks protesting the current government of Hosni Mubarak. The media likes to find quick and simple reasons to explain all this unrest, but I see many factors at work.
Over the years, American officials have with frequency lectured other countries about their denial of basic .....read more…
The trust fund myth!
Posted at: Feb/08/2011 : Posted by: mel
I am here to tell you that the Social Security “Trust Fund” is an illusion. Did I say something wrong? This essay is not meant to scare you; this is meant to educate you. Social Security is most likely the largest single federal program that there is. I am not sure if basing a program of this scale on an illusionary title is good governmental policy, or just accidently misleading, others can d.....read more…
The Ronald Reagan Legacy
Posted at: Feb/06/2011 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights,
I know, there has already been a lot written about Ronald Reagan, so why should I say anything? There is no doubt that if you want to do some research on our 40th President, you will find a daunting amount of information. Actually my inspiration is his rapidly approaching 100th birthday, but the reason I am writing is because I feel the need to say something from my own perspective.
Remembering the Shuttle Challenger
Posted at: Jan/28/2011 : Posted by: mel
It has been a quarter of a century since the NASA space shuttle Challenger exploded, and to be honest, it still prompts me to tear up a little. A disaster happened that day which became one of those “where were you moments.” Lives were lost, NASA’s luster faded significantly, and our innocence about space exploration and space travel in particular was lost.
On Jan 28 of 1986 the spa.....read more…