Overcoming Stagnant Wages:

Stronger Unions and Higher Minimum Wages are not the answer Recently, many economists and politicians have expressed concern about stagnant wages and rising income and wealth inequality. Such concerns prompted 20 states and the District of Columbia to raise the minimum wage this year. Some economists, such as former treasury secretary Larry Summers, also argue […]

Great Expectations?

“If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain.” -Solzhenitsyn from “Cancer Ward” Actually, I am not satisfied merely if my children are better than I am, for I have set that bar rather low. At the very least, my goal is that […]

Freedom Must Never Be Compromised

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”  — Abraham Lincoln Freedom is a foundation of life.  When freedom is compromised, suffering and misery follow.  This indisputable fact has been demonstrated endlessly throughout history.  Freedom compromised is freedom lost. In politics, compromise is touted as […]

The Strategic Imperative of ISIS:
Deal With It Now or Die By It Later

During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), conceived by Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the […]

The Worst Five Years Since World War II

In spite of the claims by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors regarding his administration’s economic accomplishments, the U.S. economy has grown very slowly in the years since the Great Recession of 2008-09. After four years of slow growth, the latest data reveals that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9 percent annual rate during […]

Staging Jedwabne

Playwright Tadeusz Slobodzianek won Poland’s Nike literary award for his play, Our Class, based on the Jedwabne massacre. The play is being shown in the US, preceded with conciliatory talks by Polish diplomats. A full review of the Los Angeles production is online at www.posteaglenewspaper.com. This is a condensed version. Aquinas writes that the conscience […]