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Dan Jones and his wife grew-up in St. Louis, Missouri and presently live in a suburb, Kirkwood. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren. Mr. Jones is a former executive of General American Life Insurance Company and more recently of Saint Louis University. He is past-president of the St. Louis Planned Giving Council. Mr. Jones graduated from the Honors Program of Saint Louis University, Phi Beta Kappa. He is presently working on a book, titled, “Overwhelmed – A conversation about the American Dream.” He may be contacted through the blog-site, American Conversation Groups.

Entries by Daniel Hough Jones

Reform Society -- Save Ourselves

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 1:14 PM

This is a summary introduction to my 2,600-word essay, "Reform Society -- Save Ourselves."

In America, we live in a fragmented society. Congressional gridlock is the tip of the iceberg that indicates we are overwhelmed as a people below the surface. To change for the better, what...

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Reform Congress/Save Ourselves-II

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 5:29 PM

I published this essay on 09-11-11. I received comments that helped clarify aspects of it. This is a revision.

We live in a fragmented society. We are overwhelmed. Influtrol (a word I coined and will explain) is a major cause. Influtrol has become...

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Reform Congress - Save Ourselves

(8) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 2:57 PM

We live in a fragmented society. We are overwhelmed. Influtrol (a word I will be explaining) is a major cause. Influtrol has become endemic in Congress. From the halls of Congress, it has permeated our entire socio-economic-political system down into the brains of the individual citizen and child....

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Paul Krugman at the New York Times -- Need Your Help

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 6:52 AM

Sent by email 9-7-11 to Prof. Paul Krugman, Princeton University

Dear Dr. Krugman,

I want to alert you that I have written an "open" letter to you via the Huffington Post with "carbon copies" sent to other news outlets. My occasion for writing is your recent column in the New...

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: a Correctable Flaw in his Thinking

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2011 | 10:32 PM

This email was sent to Howard Schultz in response to his invitation to attend a telephone conference he has arranged for next Tuesday:

Dear Howard,

I will be at your telephone meeting. Thank you for your efforts. However, there is a flaw in your thinking to which there is a...

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It's Not Bernanke, It's Congress

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2011 | 10:22 PM

Peter Goodman, the Business Editor of the Huffington Post is mistaken -- inadvertently. He wrote an essay on August 26, (Bernanke Provides No Relief) about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech given earlier the same day at a meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

At first glance,...

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A Reply to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 12:01 PM

To: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), Senate Appropriations Committee

From: Daniel Hough Jones, citizen, Kirkwood, Mo.

Re: Your recent essay in Politico

The gist of your essay is that Democrats just will not listen to reason. You are reasonable. The president and the rest of the Democrats are...

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Eureka! Washington Gridlock Solution

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2011 | 8:06 AM

I was shaving the other day when it struck me. We can compel the U.S. Congress to legislate. We can break the cycle of gridlock. We can force each member of Congress to collaborate with his or her colleagues, understand problems, devise solutions, negotiate, compromise and gather majorities to pass...

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Compel Congress to Work

(13) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 2:52 PM

We pay the members of Congress. What are we -- the people -- paying for? Do we pay them not to talk with one another, not to understand serious problems, not to collaborate to arrive at solutions, not to compromise differences, not to put together working majorities and not to...

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