Modern society cannot afford the costs of giving them the power and prestige they demand
An old adage says we should “gladly suffer fools.” The opposing view is that we should “stop doing stupid.” Either way, the key concern is the direct impact that not confronting stupid or shortsighted actions has on morale and the long-term effectiveness of any decision-making/leadership process.
Whether it is managing people, business processes, visionary leadership or important innovation efforts, the need to mitigate stupid, wasteful directives, interjections and interruptions has become an essential requirement if we are to grow socially and economically. Continue reading
African Development Bank breaks with anti-fossil fuel banks to fund coal power, prosperity
We recently explained how Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) use manmade climate change alarmism to justify lending policies that reject funding for fossil fuel electricity generation, promote expensive and unreliable renewable sources, and thereby help keep impoverished nations poor. Continue reading
It is generally agreed we have strayed from the intensions of the 1787 U. S. Constitution. For the issue of foreign relations we have the council of George Washington’s Farwell Address, “Interweaving our destiny with others would entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor or caprice.” Continue reading
When Nobel Laureate in literature Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn uttered the words “Live not by lies” in his native Russia under the Soviets, it was considered fair enough. After all he was a fervent anti-Communist who was long persecuted by the Soviet government and spent time in their Gulag labor camps. Even when he uttered the same words in a Harvard University commencement speech in 1978, he was well received:
“I was also amazed at how often and how vigorously people applauded, something I had not expected.“
But then a day later, they began to realize that he had actually been very critical of the weakening moral fiber of the West and especially of the Western press. Here are some of his observations that provoked months of agitated responses from the press.
“In these last years I had also seen in the West much that was alarmingly dangerous.” Continue reading
When’s the last time you went to a store, and the store forced you to buy something you didn’t want? That’s ridiculous, you might think. Sure, someone else might want it, but they can’t spend my money for me on something I’m not looking to buy.
For the past 40 years, this is how public sector unions had been operating, having the legal right to collect what are called “agency fees” (or union dues) for any employees they wish to bargain for, even if that person didn’t want to join the union. Continue reading
Are we waiting for Superman? In 2010, a documentary by that name chronicled the struggles of five kids trying to get a quality education in the American public school system. Despite the $634 billion dollars Americans funnel into public education, these kids’ choices were between enrollment in an ill-fitting public school or winning the charter school lottery. Kids’ talents aren’t determined by their ZIP codes; and their educations shouldn’t be, either. Oregonians should take up Superman’s mantle ourselves and expand students’ horizons via school choice. Continue reading
What do Pac-Man and public pensions have in common? An intriguing 2016 national study of pension debt and teacher salaries recently answered this question. Depending on what economic assumptions are made, it’s likely that unfunded public pension liabilities for all states and local governments exceeded $6 trillion in 2017. Based on the same assumptions, Oregon’s share of those liabilities likely approached $50 billion.
The study, The Pension Pac-Man: How Pension Debt Eats Away at Teacher Salaries, by Chad Aldeman of Bellweather Education Partners, concluded that unfunded public pension liabilities were eating away at teacher salaries in every state—just like the old arcade game Pac-Man. This happens because the school districts teachers work for have to pay an increasingly larger share of their budgets into retirement funds for teachers who are no longer teaching, at the expense of those currently in the classroom. Continue reading
On the morning of June 27th, I received the following e-mail from the Co-Founders of airbnb, Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk.:<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 6:49 AM
Subject: Let’s keep traveling forward Continue reading
Neither Ontario nor any country should follow its example on energy and environmental policies
On March 8, 2018, former US Vice President Al Gore visited Ontario, Canada in an attempt to help then-Premier Kathleen Wynne win the June 7 provincial election. Gore said, “I travel all over the world, and I cite Ontario as an example of a provincial government that is doing it right: creating jobs, building the base for economic progress, while also staving off the severe danger that the climate crisis poses to all of us.” Continue reading
University of Delaware student newspaper attacks climatology professor for his religious beliefs
University of Delaware students, faculty, administrators and trustees must truthfully answer a simple, but important question: Would this conduct have been ignored or excused if the targets had been Muslim?
A recent article by the editor-in-chief of the school’s student newspaper proclaimed “Green Dragon slayer for hire, in a geography department near you: To members of the Cornwall Alliance, environmentalists are satanic ‘Green Dragons,’ sent from the bowels of hell to threaten world order and harm the needy.” Continue reading