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FREEDOM: Not having an economic policy is expensive (Part 1)

FREEDOM: Not having an economic policy is expensive (Part 1)

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., October 30, 2014 — Recently, China quietly overtook the United States to become the world’s largest economy on the basis of purchasing power, according to the International Monetary Fund. The President didn’t call a press conference to announce the Chinese accomplishment because it doesn’t exactly reflect favorably upon his administration. It’s also an

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FREEDOM: What is the true ‘common core’ of education? (Part 2)

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 25, 2014 – The United States federal government spent approximately $141 billion on public education in fiscal 2014, yet test scores continued to fall in our K-12 schools and tuition continued to rise in our institutes of higher education. Additionally, vocational training remained relatively stagnant. Rather than throw more money

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FREEDOM: Fueling the discussion about Climate Change (Part 2)

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., October 17, 2014 — Nature abhors a vacuum, and so do our major political Parties. In the absence of a cogent resource policy, they rush to fill the void, not with long-term strategic plans, but rather with random musings that only have to survive an election cycle. We deserve better, but

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FREEDOM: A resource policy for energy and the environment (Part 1)

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., October 13, 2014 – Energy and the environment are inextricably combined, yet they are rarely discussed within the context of a national resource policy. Then again, we really do not have a national resource policy or any other clearly articulated policy for that matter. Let’s fix that by crafting an intelligent

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FREEDOM: Foreign policy that ‘redistributes the wealth’ (Part 3)

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., October 9, 2014 – What would happen if the world began to accept its joint responsibility for maintaining humanity? What if it were to demand that the United Nations be true to its name and its mission rather than lackadaisically expecting the United States to fulfill that role? What would the

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FREEDOM: A ‘Common Core’ enhancement for political leaders

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., September 22, 2014 – Whether the Common Core State Standards Initiative is a success or failure, it was spawned by the plummeting performance of the public education system in the United States. Given the plummeting performance of our political leaders, perhaps it is time to consider establishing a set of expectations for those

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