Category: Our Societal Issues

Fair Taxation Is Impossible Without Responsible Government Spending


Some taxes are better than others, but there is no such thing as a fair tax. We have reached the point where people think others are not paying their fair share, whatever that means.  Fair share of what?  What is your fair share of… Continue Reading “Fair Taxation Is Impossible Without Responsible Government Spending”

The Mindless Pursuit Of Perfection


Perfection is a costly objective. Perhaps it is time to accept good enough. Suppose I suggested that you could solve 80% of any problem for a given amount of money. Call it $1,000,000. If you want to go farther, the cost to solve the… Continue Reading “The Mindless Pursuit Of Perfection”

What Fiscal Crisis Will Be Next?


The Americans have survived the fiscal cliff.  Sadly for them, cliffs usually are found on the side of mountains.  What does the fiscal mountain look like? There is a mountain of debt built on a foundation of undeliverable promises and reckless adventurism.  The mountain… Continue Reading “What Fiscal Crisis Will Be Next?”

Large Numbers Are Confusing


Million. Billion. Trillion. Similar right? Not so much! Numbers, especially large numbers, need context to make sense. If you count one number a second you will reach a million in 1,000,000 seconds. That is not surprising really. 11.6 days. A billion will take longer.… Continue Reading “Large Numbers Are Confusing”

Language Is Democratic; Not Much Else Is


Language is democratic, but our social space is not.  Trivia requires no regulation. Democratic means rule by the people.  Whatever the people want, the people get.  Austro/British philosopher Karl Popper has argued that a democracy is such that the government can be changed without… Continue Reading “Language Is Democratic; Not Much Else Is”

Government Money


23% of the people think that the government has their own money. What have these people missed? There is no such thing as the government’s money. There is only the people’s money. Governments spend your money after they have taken it from you. You… Continue Reading “Government Money”

‘Tis the Season


Most people know the story of the Good Samaritan.  He helped an injured person of another faith and gained no personal advantage from doing it.  That is important, but what is also important is that the Good Samaritan had money.  He paid the innkeeper… Continue Reading “‘Tis the Season”

How Institutions Survive


Never give a problem to someone who will be harmed if they solve it. If you do this, the organization or department tasked with solving the problem, will make the problem bigger and harder to measure. That is how they can justify their continued… Continue Reading “How Institutions Survive”

How A Visiting Martian Evaluates Candidates For Political Office


A visiting Martian has an advantage over Earthlings. He is objective. He has no history with us. How things came to be the way they are is not relevant to his decision making. He examines what is objective reality, calculates what should change and… Continue Reading “How A Visiting Martian Evaluates Candidates For Political Office”

On Regulation


One of my accounting firm partners was a big fan of wind-powered vehicles.  Ice racer, sail plane, and a 37-foot C&C sailboat.  The sailboat lived on Lake Huron.  He once told me that wearing a life jacket on the sailboat was a waste of… Continue Reading “On Regulation”

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