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Super Congress or Star Chamber?

(10) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 5:31 PM

Here's where we are now. A committee, grandiosely labeled a "Super Congress" will essentially decide whether and how much we'll cut and whether and how much we'll tax. They must trim 1.5 trillion dollars. There will be six of these supermen and superwomen. Half will be Republicans and half will...

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Budget Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 12:58 AM

So let me see if I understand this. The Democrats control the presidency and the Senate. The Republicans control the House. Obama inherited a fiscal mess widely attributed to Bush's bad policies after Bush inherited a surplus from Clinton. And the issue for the past several weeks is the bad...

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The Dark Side of the Political Personality Redux: Weiner, Schwarzenegger, and Edwards

(2) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 10:54 AM

Well, here we go again. About 15 months ago (January 29, 2010) I wrote a column on the dark side of the political personality. At the time, I focused on John Edwards but it could have been any of a number of self-destructive politicians. I wrote that politicians were particularly...

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Get Rid of the Lazy Teachers and Lower My Taxes!

(36) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 7:01 PM

This post was co-authored by Deborah Heiser.

The two of us have spent much of our lives being "educated" by teachers from elementary school through our PhDs. We've experienced parochial schools, public schools, schools in the Midwest, in Boston, in suburban NY, and in NYC. Now we're parents with two...

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George Steinbrenner's Split Personality Was Not So Split

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 3:01 AM

As anyone who is even remotely interested in sports knows, George Steinbrenner, larger than life owner of the New York Yankees, has passed away at age 80. We are inundated with interviews of those who knew him, specials on his network YES, major newspaper articles, and even commentaries on news...

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John Edwards and the Dark Side of the Political Personality

(14) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 11:36 PM

John Edwards engaged in an affair while running for President and while his wife suffered from cancer. A baby he claimed was not his is, and he asked a staffer to take the hit for him. Edwards' reaction when caught was strange, even bizarre. He declared that his wife was...

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Why Do CEOs Do Such Stupid Things? It's Their Nature

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2009 | 1:39 AM

A scorpion asked a frog to take him across a river. The frog refused, saying, "You will sting me."

The scorpion replied, "It would be foolish for me to sting you because then we would both die."
The reassured frog agreed to carry the scorpion across the river. At...

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Fresh Faces on the National Scene: My Sons for President

(7) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 11:10 PM

I watched Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric and learned that living next to another country and/or being on a flight path to another country constitutes foreign policy experience. I learned that her foreign policy experience included not only Russia but Canada as well. I watched John McCain "race" to...

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How Should Obama Respond? A Third Way to End the Sliming

(94) Comments | Posted August 22, 2008 | 12:13 AM

The SwiftBoating of Barack Obama has begun. And by the same author and organizations. This should have come as no surprise to Senator Obama, his campaign, or to Democrats, and they should have been prepared with an effective response. Yet, their reaction has been weak and ineffective. Pundits may talk...

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Do Actions Speak Louder than Words? Or is the Pen Mightier than the Sword?

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2008 | 5:14 PM

Lately we have been hearing that Barak Obama lacks substance. Sure, he is a great speaker. He inspires people and makes then believe. But what has he done? The message is that words are nice, but what really counts is what you do. Words are fluff; actions have substance. McCain...

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