Elon Musk says that skills are more important than degrees. There is truth to this, but the implication is that degrees do not impart skills. That doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Musk and others like to hold up outliers such as Gates and Jobs (and Musk) as examples of what one can do without a … More Brief Thoughts on Education & Success
President Trump gave the State of the Union address last night, summing up his first year. It was, predictably, full of exaggerations and outright lies. Even many of the true statements require additional context, which makes the somewhat misleading. Here’s a link to Politifact’s fact check of the address. Here’s a link to a transcript … More State of the Union
The federal government officially shut down at midnight on the morning of 20 January, the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Since then, congressional leaders have been working to find a resolution before Monday morning. That work has included a great deal of blaming as well, and so far attempts at laying blame are the only … More The Shutdown and the Blame Game
After some back and forth, the Republicans in the House and Senate have finally approved a tax bill. Billed as tax break for all Americans and a stimulus for jobs and economic growth, the objective assessment is that the bill heavily favors the wealthy both in the short and long term. The assertion that this … More Trickling Down
Analogies and metaphors are commonly used to make complicated or confusing subjects more understandable to a wider audience. There are times when an analogy is very helpful for putting a concept into a context that is more relatable. To paraphrase a comedian (whose name I cannot recall) explaining why he doesn’t understand why his male … More Bad Analogy: Beer and Taxes
Should we be fearful of this new North Korean capability? What is the US’s response to this threat? … More The only thing to fear is fear itself from North Korea.
President Donald Trump made a statement from the White House on June 1st that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement. There are many strong opinions on either side of this argument; however in my mind only one side of this argument has the majority of facts and evidence to … More It’s Getting Hot In Here!
Moments ago POTUS formally announced the planned US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. I don’t have words for this decision. Instead, I will share this statement from President Barack Obama.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country is the value of goods and services produced during a specific time period. The President of the US believes that US GDP is sluggish (a reasonably accurate assessment given 1.6% growth in 2016), and that the way to stimulate the economy (and thus increase GDP) is through … More GDP: Taxes, Spending, & Trade
There is a growing list of retail outlets that are choosing to no longer carry Trump brand products, or in some cases no choosing to promote the brand. In this case we’re speaking to Ivanka Trump’s products. The President has unsurprisingly been very vocal about the lines choosing to part ways with his daughter’s products, … More The Trump Brand