Stephen Pearlstein has a good article in today’s Washington Post relating to monopoly in the phone industry. He relates the happenings since the Bell system was broken up by the federal government into long distance and regional ‘Baby Bells’.
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Reading and watching events play out across the Middle East, we have a front row seat to a highly historical moment in history. This part of the world has been under some kind of dictatorship for something like 6k years and we are witness to possibly the last vestiges of 'iron fist rule' in this relatively very brief time span in the history of the world. Some countries will not get it right on the first try and some dictatorships will live on, but not for long. The die has been cast, with the first pouring of the democratic mold by the small country of Tunisia.
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A Washington Post article of 3/20/11 carries an article relating that the SEC is accusing IBM of foreign bribery. I can recall the era of the 50's-60's when IBM was thought to be the darling of the corporate world and incorruptible.
Continue reading Fair Is What You Can Get Away With.
One infrequently hears rumblings about a third party. A party that might make it or a party being started. But, few start-ups arouse the public to any appreciable degree. Seems Progressives and Socialists have had more success than others in running on 3rd party platforms. For example, the IRS and Social Security came about through efforts by those parties. Ironically, between 50-60% of the public is favorable towards a third party. So, where is the disconnect? What must a 3rd party do to answer the cause?
Continue reading What Will It Take To Energize A Third Party?.
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We have been witness to a 30 year effort to 'globalise' America. We mused as President Carter gave up the Panama Canal where today China is working to double the width and handling capacity of the canal. We watched as Regan implemented the era of 'greed is good', 'bigger is better' and put anti-trust law in the closet. Then came President's Clinton and Bush I, pressing for a World Trade Organization and NAFTA. And, we watched the political infighting to give China WTO membership and the creation of all the AFTA's.
Continue reading A Little More Tautology, Please!.
An article, by Carol Leonnig and T.W. Farnam, was published in the Washington Post on the 26th of December relating to the ongoing conflict of interest concerning lobbying efforts aimed at influencing current legislative matters.
Continue reading The Corpocracy; Moving Them Pork Bellies!.