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Bill Frezza

In the 35 years since Bill graduated from MIT with degrees in electrical engineering and biology he has been a scientist, an engineer, a product manager, a salesman, a consultant, an entrepreneur, an author, a technology evangelist, and a venture capitalist. His early career on high-tech’s bleeding edge included the development of first generation electronic newspapers, home banking, home shopping, cable modems, multi-user videogames, wireless LANs, and wireless email, all of which became a success – for someone else a decade later. His 15 years as a venture capital investor working with early stage telecom, semiconductor, and biotech startups taught him humbleness, risk aversion, and the ability to identify ten fatal flaws out of five in any startup business plan.

In 2008 Bill began writing weekly columns for RealClearMarkets, and in 2011 Bio-IT World and, earning a nod as a finalist for the 2011 Hoiles Prize for excellence in American journalism. He also joined the Competitive Enterprise Institute as a Fellow in Technology and Entrepreneurship. There he and his compatriots endeavor to slow the growth of the regulatory leviathan in the futile hope that this will reduce the rate at which things are getting worse.

Bill is a frequent guest on CNBC, FOX, and CBN News where he is challenged to reduce complex economic and policy issues into thirty second sound bites. On rare occasions the BBC or local Cable TV gives him a few more minutes to develop a theme.

Achieving a new level of despondency after the 2012 presidential election, Bill has adopted Menckenism as his guiding philosophy. His stated mission as a writer, speaker, and commentator is to “Chronicle the decline and fall of entitlement democracy,” a task he pursues with a smile and a cocktail.

Bill is excited about becoming a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. “Into the monkey house we go to stir up the inmates!”

Entries by Bill Frezza

Go Ahead, Blame the Jews for All the Troubles in the World

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 8:40 AM

Their invention of monotheism has proven to be the curse that keeps on giving

No, don't blame contemporary Israelis. Blame Bronze Age Semitic Canaanites circa 800 B.C.. When Yahweh whipped Baal in the battle of the barbecued bulls (1 Kings 18) the one-and-only jealous God began his ascendance....

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To Save the Planet, Obama Sets White House A/C to 85 Degrees

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 3:37 PM

President Barack Obama, rebounding off his pivot from giving speeches on race relations in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict to giving speeches about the economy, surprised the White House press corps yesterday when he abruptly pivoted back to climate change, announcing his intention to...

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Want to Revive Glass-Steagall? Try This Wall of Separation Instead

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:33 AM

A debate is raging on the left, the right, and even in libertarian circles on the best way to escape from the Too-Big-To-Fail quagmire. These days it seems that the only people claiming we don't have a banking problem are the ones counting their bonuses as they get ready to...

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Can Post-Constitutional America Recover Its Freedom and Prosperity?

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 10:08 AM

It is by now undeniable that our Constitution is being unwound at an accelerating rate. With the wave of a blog post, the President of the United States suspends the due process checks and balances prescribed by the Constitution, refusing to enforce laws he finds politically inconvenient, while...

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Has Your CEO Been Suborned Into Trampling the Constitution?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 2:07 PM

One of Martin Luther's indictments against the medieval Catholic Church was the selling of indulgences. If the law was not applicable to all and could be suspended to advance personal, political, or pecuniary objectives, a corrupt clergy would know no bounds.

Are we now due for a reformation...

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Privacy Under Attack? Most Americans Have Already Surrendered Theirs

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:47 AM

"We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honor those ideals by upholding them not when it's easy, but when it is hard." Barack Obama, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 10, 2009

Should anyone be surprised that the federal government has been engaged in...

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Once the Obama Narrative Implodes, Reality Breaks Through

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 9:12 AM

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." -- John Adams, 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770

"I am conscious of...

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Self Help Africa: Why Only Profits Can Cure Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 1:59 PM

Prof•it /ˈpräfit/ noun. A financial gain, especially the difference between the amount earned and the amount spent in buying, operating, or producing something.

The importance of profiting from one's efforts ought to be an easy concept to embrace. It is why humans no longer live in caves. If an endeavor--any...

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Move Over, Polar Bears: Palm Oil Orangutans Want Their $5 of Fame

(35) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 8:21 AM

What do polar bears, orangutans, the Walt Disney Company, Cheetos, recycled fundraising schemes and corporate shakedowns have in common? It's just another day on the social activism front.

Skillful fundraisers have long used charismatic megafauna -- cool, cute, cuddly creatures whose pictures make you go squishy inside --...

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How the Federal Reserve Became History's Biggest 'Bad Bank'

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Every time a plane crashes, a team of engineers and aviation experts jump into action, methodically reconstructing the event to determine the cause -- whether mechanical failure, bad design, pilot error, or poor aircraft maintenance. This painfully acquired knowledge is then immediately fed back into remediation programs for existing airplanes,...

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From Junk DNA to Junk Economics to BRAIN Science: Beware the Sovietization of Big Science

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 10:02 AM

The controversy surrounding the $400-million Encode project's dubious public relations claims surrounding the function of 'junk DNA' and the Battelle Institute's defense of the $3-billion Human Genome Project (HGP) as an economic miracle make this a good time to examine President Obama's recent attempt to bring...

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Why Is Generation Y So Easy to Bamboozle?

(51) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 2:42 PM

Let's face it. We Baby Boomers made a total hash of democracy, hoisting it aboard a runaway train of unfunded entitlement spending with the throttles on full. Then, rather than address the problem, we got the engineer and conductor brawling over how much the first class passengers should tip the...

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Scientists Outraged That Elected Reps Control Their Handouts

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 9:25 AM

Concerned scientists on the dole reacted with fury when an amendment to the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013, offered by spending scold Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla), passed the Senate. It will limit the National Science Foundation's ability to award political science grants to only those projects directly related...

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Too-big-to-fail Banks Will Kill the Global Economy

(12) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 6:48 PM

There are not many things on which Harvard professor-turned-Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and I agree. Yet, to her credit, she has been sounding the alarm about the threat that "Too Big To Fail" (TBTF) banks represent to our economy. However, that is where our agreement ends. Like...

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North Carolina Prepares to Challenge Texas in the Liberty Sweepstakes

(7) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 8:57 AM

Reporting from the heart of the vast right wing conspiracy, surrounded by Tea Party luminaries like Jim DeMint, Michelle Malkin, and James O'Keefe, sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute to warn of the evils of crony capitalism, and extending a helping hand from Yankee libertarians, your intrepid Huffington Post contributor...

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Belief In Peak Oil Logically Implies Failure Of Alternative Energy

(110) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 1:11 PM

One of the most persistent beliefs among proponents of alternative energy is that we are in danger of running out of fossil fuels. This economic theory, known as "Peak Oil," was first articulated by geophysicist M. King Hubbert in 1956. It states that for any geographic region--indeed, for...

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National Cancer Institute Funds Tea Party Witch Hunt

(42) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 12:40 PM

What was the National Cancer Institute (NCI) thinking when it decided to spend $678,952 to fund a notorious political activist to conduct a "scientific" research study designed to prove that the Tea Party was an invention of Big Tobacco and the Koch brothers, rather than a grassroots movement of disenfranchised...

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Toward a More Nuanced Understanding of Secular Spirituality

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:24 AM

Atheists such as myself look at the world and wonder, Why does religion have such power over men's minds--power that has been used for both good and evil? Those of us who refuse to dismiss the phenomenon as a form of madness continue to search for a common thread that...

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To Save the Republic, Republicans Must Slash Defense Spending

(111) Comments | Posted February 3, 2013 | 7:01 PM

For those who believe we can still recover from our fiscal and economic death spiral, the time for hard choices has come. I'm talking to you, staunch Republican defenders of the military-industrial complex. I am begging you to rethink your priorities. What good will it do to preserve a military...

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Greece: How Long Until Junta?

(82) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 9:05 AM

It is often said that to get a glimpse of our future we should study the lessons of the past. Or we can observe the fate of those marching a few steps ahead of us down a road we seem determined to travel. Take Greece. Long hailed as the birthplace...

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