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An Oracle in Athens

November 8, 2012

Yesterday, more of America’s impending entitlement state future played out on the streets of Athens as Greece’s parliament passed a new round of austerity measures: The problem when you’re in so much debt is that your freedom as a nation is seriously diminished.  Shouts of “Fight!” and “They’re drinking our blood!” echoed in the streets [...]

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New Austerity Riots Ravage Greece and Spain

September 26, 2012

The latest round of austerity measures in Greece sparked an outburst of violence over the last 48 hours: Similar-type measures in Spain produced a similar reaction: Of course, international markets weren’t too pleased at these developments either. Why wouldn’t they be spooked?  There’s social unrest all over the world:  the Arab Spring, Libya, Syria, Iran, [...]

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Not So Cozy with Sarkozy

April 23, 2012

Sunday’s elections in France have produced a May 6 run-off between socialist Francois Hollande and President Sarkozy.  In the first round of voting Hollande edged-out Sarkozy for a 28.2% to 27% plurality.  Sarkozy’s second place finish is the first time that a sitting president was out-polled in the first round.  Sarkozy is apparently pegging to [...]

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Greek Suicide Stokes Protests

April 5, 2012

It’s not just young people going to extremes in Greece as apparently a 77-year-old man shot himself due to the government’s austerity measures.  In a completely, totally, absolutely shocking development, there were protests on the streets of Athens: Suicide is a cowardly act.  On top of everything else, this man was an anti-austerity activist whose [...]

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Obama’s Idea of Budget Cuts

November 27, 2010

When Republicans grab the reins of the public purse in January, they will have to deal with Obama and his idea of “budget cuts.”  Recently, a friend sent me this video (made about a year ago) which I think drives home the mammoth task facing the new Congress.  Forget about “austerity” when the Executive views [...]

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America Defends OUR Human Rights Record?

November 6, 2010

After I laughed a bit, I noticed that the UN wasn’t joking about this one.  Yesterday, America continued to allow itself to be subject to scrutiny regarding our apparently terrible human rights record by a UN forum on the topic.  Allegedly, we discriminate, racially profile, have overcrowded prisons, still have the death penalty, are religiously [...]

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Welfare State Burns in France

October 18, 2010

The major issue all Western nations must deal with in the 21st Century is addressing the gap between what our governments (the “welfare state”, “social democracy”, or “big government”) have promised their constituents and those government’s ability to make good on their promises.  No country will be immune, and America’s moment is coming. Not everyone [...]

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