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Development strategist, urban theorist, educator, opinion writer, author, and independent consultant.

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Public Education and Job Readiness: What Can Be Done to Shrink the Skills Gap?

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 4:16 PM

This is the third in a three-part series, researched and written with co-author Natalie Pregibon, Director of P3 Intelligence at The Concordia Summit, about the U.S. economy, the job readiness of the country's labor force, and how public education could play a more-effective role in addressing...

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Public Education and Job Readiness: Why Is There a Disconnect Between Available Jobs and Qualified Employees?

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 4:22 PM

This is the second in a three-part series, researched and written with co-author Natalie Pregibon, Director of P3 Intelligence at Concordia, about the U.S. economy, the job readiness of the country's labor force, and how public education could play a more-effective role in addressing the skills gap that keeps existing...

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Public Education and Job Readiness: Where Have All the Jobs Gone?

(5) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 5:27 PM

This is the first in a three-part series, researched and written with co-author Natalie Pregibon, Director of P3 Intelligence at Concordia, about the U.S. economy, the job readiness of the country's labor force, and how public education could play a more effective role in addressing the...

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The GOP Listens to All the Voices in Its Head (and What Is Governor Christie Doing Under That Bus?)

(4) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Not unlike the endless parade of self-congratulatory award shows the movie and music industries lavish upon themselves during "awards season," last night's State of the Union address will perhaps be more memorable for the "after-parties" than the substance of the main event itself. Having been so thoroughly underwhelmed with the...

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Why the Media Must Look Beyond Petty Political Retribution as the Reason for Bridgegate

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:23 PM

Nature abhors a vacuum. Nowhere is this axiom more apropos than when it comes to the mainstream media chasing a blossoming political scandal with national implications.

But for one cable news network, MSNBC, however, all of the mainstream media reporting on what has quickly became known as #bridgegate continues...

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Black Is White; Day Is Night; Dogs and Cats Living Together: Sen. Rand Paul's Talking Filibuster

(77) Comments | Posted March 9, 2013 | 10:23 AM

When I wake up in the morning and find myself agreeing with U.S. Senator John McCain, and disagreeing with one of my favorite opinion writers, The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson, it's time to start looking for that rabbit hole I must have fallen down overnight.

The positive...

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Romney's Tax Plan and His Promise to Create U.S. Jobs: It's Impossible to Make Sensata Them

(24) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 3:40 PM

This is the second installment in a three-part series examining GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's claim that his experience at his private equity firm, Bain Capital, makes him better qualified than incumbent president Barack Obama to become the United States' "Job Creator-in-Chief." The first installment, "In the 2012...

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The High Engagement Work Culture: A New Perspective for Framing the Debate About Capitalism

(15) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 3:13 PM

There has been a running theme in the presidential election -- going back to the early days of the GOP primaries--that has been reflected, more than any other, in my blog entries: Coming out of the Great Recession of 2008, what kind of Capitalism do we want to promote and...

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In Defense of the Priorities USA "Understands" Ad: The President and Dems Are Missing a Golden Opportunity.

(37) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 12:18 PM

I don't always get to choose the topics about which I write; sometimes, they choose me. And so it is that I find myself, at the end of yet another tumultuous week in presidential politics, needing to step into the fray in a way in which neither the Obama Campaign...

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In the 2012 Presidential Election, How Important - for Better or for Worse - Is Mitt Romney's Track Record at Bain Capital?

(25) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 3:16 PM

This is the first installment in a three-part series examining GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's claim that his experience at his private equity firm, Bain Capital, makes him better qualified than incumbent president Barack Obama to become the United States' "Job Creator-in-Chief." This installment reintroduces Romney's main qualifications for president,...

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Education Reform: Why a Bachelor's Degree Still Matters

(33) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 1:46 PM

This is the third installment in a three-part series on the need for education reform in the United States. The first installment, "Doubling-Down on Dumb: The GOP War on Being Smart," explored the emerging political discourse criticizing public education and being well-educated, and how the toxic environment it...

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We Need an Education System that Promotes Creativity, Innovation, and Critical Thinking

(70) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 1:53 PM

This is the second in a three-part series on the need for education reform in the United States. The first installment, "Doubling-Down on Dumb: The GOP War on Being Smart," explored the emerging political discourse criticizing public education and being well-educated, and how the toxic environment it...

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Doubling-Down on Dumb: The GOP War on Being Smart

(48) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 4:48 PM

This is the first in a three-part series on the need for education reform in the United States. This first installment explores the political discourse criticizing public education, at a time when it is critical to restore the worldwide prestige the United States once enjoyed for the exemplary quality of...

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If "Corporations Are People, Too [My Friend]," Shouldn't They Behave Ethically?

(12) Comments | Posted February 23, 2012 | 3:00 PM

This is the third, and final, installment in my series on "A Better Form of Capitalism." For the first two blog entries in this series, please go to "It's Up to the 99% to Insist Upon a Better Form of Capitalism" and "A Better Form of...

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A Better Form of Capitalism: Consumer Behavior Matters

(17) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 2:00 PM

This is the second in a three-part series I began on February 7th, with "It's Up to the 99% to Insist Upon a Better Form of Capitalism." In that lead-in to the topic of a better form of Capitalism, I stated:

The fact of the matter is, the...
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It's Up to the 99% to Insist Upon a Better Form of Capitalism

(32) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 9:10 AM

I am neither an Anarchist nor a Communist. I'm not even a Socialist; not remotely close.

I believe in Capitalism and the power of the free market system. However, as I've blogged here, written in published articles, Tweeted, and posted ad nauseum on Facebook, the...

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Five "Take-Aways" from the President's State of the Union Address

(8) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 2:18 PM

When any U.S. president gives an inaugural or State of the Union address, different people look for, and hear, different things.

Some focus immediately on the policy implications despite the fact that such addresses are notoriously short on policy specifics (for example: see "Wonkbook: Five...

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"It's the Inequality, Stupid": Mitt Romney's Failure to Comprehend the Plight of the 99%

(182) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 1:44 PM

In Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential election campaign he popularized a four-word phrase -- a slight modification to a reminder political strategist James Carville posted on Clinton's campaign office wall -- which resonated for an electorate that found incumbent George H. W. Bush surprisingly out of touch with the needs and...

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Finally, Newt Gingrich Gets Two Things Right

(15) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 1:51 PM

One of my goals in writing this blog is to take the seemingly incomprehensible and make it at least a little more understandable for the average reader. This is a particularly worthwhile goal in my opinion -- I removed the "H" in IMHO some time ago -- because while we...

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American Corporations Owe Nothing to American Workers, and That's a Big Part of the Problem.

(87) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 7:03 AM

In last Wednesday's CNBC-sponsored "Your Money, Your Vote" Republican Presidential Debate, an intriguing question was posed that goes to the heart of the issue "to what extent should America be willing to rely on the private sector for our economic recovery?" That question came fairly early in the evening, when...

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