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Sanity Zone 12-6-2012 Fear of Flying

Posted 12-07-2012 at 07:45 AM by xan
Updated 12-15-2012 at 12:30 PM by Halo (added to categories: Business, News, U.S. National, Politics)

No, this is not a commentary on Erica Jong or 50 Shades of Grey. Brace yourselves: this is a commentary on the fiscal cliff. Such a surprise, right?

Anyway...I'll get to the point. Jump.

Take a running start and spread eagle into the "unknown." Our fiscal finances need to be drastically restructured (compared to now) and the only way to do it is to rip the bandaid off. So let's do it. Here's why:

#1 We have $16 Trillion in current...
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Sanity Zone 10-4-2012 Business aint Government, and Vice Versa

Posted 10-04-2012 at 12:07 PM by xan

There is a laughable myth that government can be run just like a business. That managers who are good at making profits can just easily run a successful government. It is laughable because those who get lucky enough to succeed in a business think that they know how to solve society's ills.

Governing is hard. Really hard. But it's easy to be a monopolist. In fact, if you fail at being a monopolist, you should be sterilized. Most businesses operate to get as close to a monopoly...
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Sanity Zone 8-26-2012 Welfare: Truth and Political Truth

Posted 08-22-2012 at 04:55 PM by xan

This is not going to be a boring entry on how Medicare works by law and in practice. It's not going to be about how one side or the other blatantly lies about the program. This entry is about how we decide what is "truth" and who we believe using Welfare as the whipping horse.

Our political process is based on core beliefs about the electorate. Politicians and policy creators aim to craft policies and law to achieve a certain economic outcome. In order to gain support...
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Sainity Zone 7-24-2012 NCAA, Penn State, and Egypt

Posted 07-24-2012 at 02:01 PM by xan
Updated 07-27-2012 at 06:25 AM by Halo

Bad Policy, Bad Judgment, Bad Outcome

This entry is not about the crimes of one man and the moral failings of his associates. Justice has been served to them. The perpetrator has been tried, convicted and imprisoned, potentially for the rest of his life. His associates justice will be served shortly through the criminal system, if not in the afterlife. A completely new organization now leads Penn State, with no ties whatsoever to the past, and processes in place to rectify and...
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It's not the crime, per se.

Posted 03-23-2012 at 08:23 AM by xan

I'm going to admit that I lit my hair on fire and lost perspective. I have no excuse for it, but hopefully, you all can relate. My personal passion is policy matters. The logic, the interrelationships, the transcendence of the issue at hand relative to all other possible issues are, to me, fascinating. Nothing is as simple as it first appears.

Now that the burnt flesh of indignation and self-righteousness has sloughed off, I have to apologize. Goodell had to do what he did....
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