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Hoping for China´s Success
American Magazine, by Vaclav Smil

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 3/28/2014 9:35:21 AM

There is always some reason for the West to worry about China. How far will Chinese companies go to acquire major Western businesses? Do the Chinese have too much influence in too many African economies? Why do they provocatively claim sovereignty over entire seas? What are their strategic intentions after years of large spending increases on their military? In these cases, and many others, the best possible outcome for the rest of the world might be if things did not go entirely China’s way, and if the Chinese had to lower their ambitions. But there is one concern where everybody should wish to see China successful:

      


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American Magazine, by Michael M. Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/23/2014 9:36:36 AM     Post Reply
The recent Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission showcases two distinct philosophical approaches to the First Amendment’s protection of the freedom of speech — one individual and one collectivist. The stark difference between these perspectives explains the sharply divided reactions from the right and the left to the decision, in which the high court struck down “aggregate” limits on campaign contributions. Ultimately, the approach embraced by the Court, in an opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, comports with the traditional Western understanding of free speech, and will yield positive results.

   

 

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Ron Wyden: Free Trader?
American Magazine, by Claude Barfield    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/21/2014 9:20:19 AM     Post Reply
It’s a new ball game in the Senate on trade: Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), who has succeeded Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana), as chairman of the Finance Committee, seems understandably determined to place his own stamp on trade policy — including on legislation to provide special procedures for congressional vetting of new trade agreements (so-called Trade Promotion Authority), and on the substance of the agreements now being negotiated. The new chairman has made it clear he would scrap, or substantially alter, the bipartisan TPA bill crafted by Senator Baucus, in alliance with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman... [Snip]

Taking Religion Seriously
American Magazine, by Charles Murray    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/18/2014 9:33:43 AM     Post Reply
If you are a high-IQ recent graduate from a top college or university, here is where you probably stand when it comes to religion: It’s not for you. You don’t mind if other people are devout, but you don’t get it. Smart people don’t believe that stuff anymore. Perhaps you are explicitly an atheist. Even if you are an agnostic, you don’t spend much time worrying about God, because there’s no point. If a God exists, it cannot be the kind of God who has anything to do with this flyspeck world… [Split]

U.S. Leadership Rating Rises. Huh?
American Magazine, by James K. Glassman    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/16/2014 10:04:55 AM     Post Reply
Strange indeed are the results of the annual Gallup survey of U.S. leadership. The massive survey, mainly conducted face to face, asked roughly 1,000 people in each of 130 countries, “Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of the leadership of the United States?” For the 2013 survey, 46 percent approved and 24 percent disapproved. That is a marked improvement over 2012, when approval was 41 percent. In 2008, the last year of President George W. Bush’s final term, approval was 34 percent.

Absurdities at the IRS
American Magazine, by Aparna Mathur    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/14/2014 9:23:59 AM     Post Reply
As Tax Day approaches and social media goes wild with messages extolling animosity towards the IRS, one would do well to remember the glory days of the IRS as an agent of good. In 1930s Chicago, American gangster Al “Scarface” Capone led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate dedicated to bootlegging and other illegal activities, including bribery, prostitution, and execution of rival gang members. He made vast sums of money from his business ventures. In 1927, he brought in an estimated $100 million — more than $1 billion in today’s dollars.

When Setting Tax Policy, Don’t
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American Magazine, by Alan D. Viard    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/11/2014 10:12:18 AM     Post Reply
Last Friday, the House of Representatives took a sensible step to counteract the short-run focus that too often drives tax and budget policy decisions. The House voted 224-182 to pass H.R. 1874, the Pro-Growth Budgeting Act, which would require the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation to analyze the effects of major tax and budget bills on long-run economic growth. Tax and budget policy can boost economic growth, particularly by cutting tax rates on labor and capital and reducing the deficit. Of course, the promotion of long-run growth can conflict with other goals... [Snip]

   

 

  


 
Dr. Murray´s Guide
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Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/10/2014 9:53:03 AM     Post Reply
Hi chuck, How r u. Just read ur new book its literally great. Your like so smart and its so cool of you to share so much uninterested advice with young people that will probably impact their of success positively. Youve called it the curmudgeons guide to getting ahead but the amount of useful pointers warrants calling it the curmudgeons guide to the galaxy its very masterful. ttyl - stan That got annoying pretty quickly. A frustration with poor grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word choice, as well as unnecessarily annoying behavior generally appears to have been the impetus behind

The Death of Money
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Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/9/2014 10:13:29 AM     Post Reply
Few Americans in our time recall that the dollar nearly ceased to function as the world’s reserve currency in 1978. That year the Federal Reserve dollar index declined to a distressingly low level, and the U.S. Treasury was forced to issue government bonds denominated in Swiss francs. Foreign creditors no longer trusted the U.S. dollar as a store of value. The dollar was losing purchasing power, dropping by half from 1977 to 1981; U.S. inflation was over 50 percent during those five years. Starting in 1979, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had little choice but to mobilize its resources… [Snip]

LNG Exports: ´A Good-Faith Test´
for President Obama
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Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/8/2014 10:07:45 AM     Post Reply
The heat is on. The environmental Left is on the attack, and the target now is not ExxonMobil, or the Kochs, or the Keystone XL pipeline, or fossil fuels, or the efforts of the world’s desperately poor to escape grinding poverty, or plastics, or indoor plumbing, or those who fail to worship Gaia, or any of the other usual suspects. Instead, it is President Obama, urged last month in an open letter by 16 environmental groups to prevent the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and to make a commitment to keep “most of our nation’s fossil fuel reserves

Congress Should Promote Charter Schools
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Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/7/2014 9:50:38 AM     Post Reply
There is bipartisan agreement that the American economy needs entrepreneurship. There is bipartisan agreement that our education system could stand some improvement. Charter schools are a development that addresses both of these needs. Entrepreneurs have been putting energy and innovation into the charter school effort, and we are starting to see positive results. Now is the time for Congress to provide funding to states to set up the apparatus needed to facilitate further charter school growth.

Crowdfunders´ Losing Deal
American Magazine, by Adam Gomolin    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/4/2014 10:05:58 AM     Post Reply
Oculus Rift, a startup making virtual-reality headsets, sold to Facebook last week for $2 billion. Less than two years ago, the company got its start by raising nearly $2.5 million on Kickstarter, the five-year-old crowdfunding site that recently reached $1 billion in total funds raised. Raising $2 million in financing and quickly selling a company for $2 billion is an unusual success. Why, then, are those who initially backed Oculus Rift on Kickstarter so up in arms?

   

 

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Crude (Oil) Politics
American Magazine, by Kenneth P. Green and Alan W. Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 4/2/2014 10:01:39 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has been punting a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline for five years now, and there’s no sign the president’s kicking leg is getting tired. At various junctures in this endless drama, the White House has effectively overruled or ignored its own State Department, which in 2011 concluded that the pipeline extension poses “no significant impacts” on the environment and in 2014 basically shot down all of the supposed drawbacks. The White House response to this most recent green light was to keep the car in neutral, warning that Keystone XL will go forward... [Snip]



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