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How Should We Reach Out to "low-information Voters?

A low-information voter reveals their identity by their questions and expectations.  Here is a sample.  What is an “economy” and how does it affect me personally?  Why is everything I need to live on going up all the time when my earnings cannot keep up?  Who is responsible for what is happening to me and my family?  Why are…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on July 30, 2014 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Prepare for Hormegeddon

What happens when you have too much of a good thing in a public-policy context?  Bill Bonner, Chair of Bonner and Partners, is author of a newsletter titled “Diary of a Rogue Economist.” The following is the content of his latest newsletter. It tried to answer the above question. Content is posted with his permission. Here is a link to his bio for those interested.…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on July 26, 2014 at 1:00pm — 22 Comments

Those Pesky Internet Financial Publishers

Have you “had enough” from these prophets of gloom and doom filling your e-mail in-basket?  Here is a sample of their predictions:

  1. That stupid tax law starts July 1st.  It will crash the US dollar.  Buy gold and silver while you still…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on June 26, 2014 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

About Oaths of Office and Enlistment

Friday, May 30, my grandson officially received his Reserve Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force. He swore the following oath before a Commissioned Officer before receiving his golden Lieutenant bars from his parents:

I, (Full Name) having been appointed a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on June 3, 2014 at 3:00pm — 21 Comments

US Air Force Readiness is in Peril

This afternoon (May 20, 2014), I participated in a conference call presented by a high-ranking military source.  He has in-depth knowledge about modernization of Air Force programs worth more than $40 billion annually.

He began with a commentary about the lawsuit with Space-x over a launch rocket contract.  The US Air Force awarded a multi-year contract to a competitor instead of an annual contract.  It was a “block buy” for 30 launchers that saved the Air Force about $2 billion.  The…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on May 20, 2014 at 8:30pm — 15 Comments

Mission of Mercy by the US Air Force

The US Military is not just about warfare.  These people also do great things to help others in life-threatening situations.  Here are a few examples:

Our US Navy docked an aircraft carrier in Indonesia when the tsunami devastated their coastline…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on May 13, 2014 at 12:30pm — 15 Comments

About Public Education

When someone attacked a conservative-minded educator on a public forum, I had enough.  They all got an eyeful from me.  If you wish to do the same, feel free to copy and share.

I am not an education theorist, expert practitioner, professional teacher or administrator, candidate for any of the above, lawyer, or political scientist.  I am a parent, grandparent, and now a great grandparent with white hair and fuzzy ears who listens, reads, observes,…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on May 2, 2014 at 1:38pm — No Comments

The US Stock Market - Investors Be Wary

Recently stock market sleuths are taking a close look at ways the “big money” investors are behaving in the stock market.  The FBI is joining them with a (now public) multi-year investigation into computer-assisted stock market trading practices.  They are focusing on a class of financial instruments nicknamed “derivatives”, “option calls”, “futures contracts”, “Puts” and “Calls”, “hedge…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on April 28, 2014 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Is a Financial Market Crash Imminent?

William Bonner and Addison Wiggin are a combination economics and financial professionals.  They have been studying the United States financial landscape for about the last 20 years from an economics perspective.  I have been reading about their opinion of the rise and fall of an epic financial bubble that is about to…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on April 25, 2014 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

Obama's Post American World

I dearly wish that our political celebrities would combine their observations with insight and season them liberally with understanding.  I also wish that…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on April 15, 2014 at 1:30pm — 26 Comments

US Economics and Finance through (fictional) Foreign Eyes

Thank you for coming to this meeting on such short notice.  We are especially grateful to Fu Ling U from China and Schneider Von Dipstick from Germany for their long journey here.

First, it is difficult to wrap our minds around the hugeness of the US dollar numbers we are dealing with.  Perhaps this example will give you a feel for…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 4, 2014 at 1:45pm — 17 Comments

Oil Industry Primer for Newbies


Added by Roger O'Daniel on March 1, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Oil Religion and Politics Updated


Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 20, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

U.S. Air Force Flight to Weakness Updated

Michael Dunn is a retired US Air Force Lt. General, former CEO of the Air Force Association.  Jack David is a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute and was a deputy assistant secretary of defense in the George W. Bush administration.  Together, they published an article in the Wall Street Journal.  The following link requires a subscription to their on-line edition, so it only works for subscribers with a valid…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 16, 2014 at 4:00pm — 28 Comments

A Citizen Indicts Federal Politicians

“During the last 25 years, you spent money we do not have on federal programs we do not need.  Every year you promised the American people that your number 1 priority is to cut spending and balance the federal budget.  Despite these promises, the federal budget continues to grow.…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 12, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Conscience of a Conservative - Letter from Bruce

Bruce is one of those hardworking  people who lives his convictions, never gives up when hardships happen, and strives to become the best that he can be in all things he commits to do.  He ran for City Council in his ward, but could not overcome the political strength of the Democratic party machine that dared anyone to defy their liberal views.…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 7, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Solar Power - Boon or Boondoggle?

A local church with a primary school asked me for an opinion.  A State-qualified contractor proposed a $140,000 electrical solar panel installation.  The following is my report, redacted to protect their privacy.

Executive Summary

The proposal submitted by [contractor] describes a combination of a lottery, a public grant, a potential insurance problem, a…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on February 1, 2014 at 9:51pm — 24 Comments

Unemployment - Getting to the Truth

Our US Government and the Federal Reserve are not telling the truth about the health and stamina of the United States economy.  The economic indicators that they use to measure the health of the United States economy are invalid by design.  They try to hide the monetary and fiscal mismanagement of our economy.  The mainstream media proclaims economic recovery while the exact opposite is true.  Our public education system and most universities do not…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on January 23, 2014 at 1:17pm — 21 Comments

How do liberals think?

The following question appeared in a local community public Internet forum.  “Why is Civics not taught in public schools?”  I partially redacted names and sources of two responders to protect their identity.  I also partially edited their prose to improve readability.  I will call them “Jim” and…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on January 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Agemain's Laws of Prudent Thinking

Want to change a corporation's policy?  Let them know you are after them and why.   Reduce their customer base, embarrass them in public, and let  the public know about their misdeeds and harmful relationships.  However, watch your back.  Beware of the cobra . . . It bites.

Mr. Agemain was the keynote speaker of the third annual automation conference of the American Bankers Association.  This was the…


Added by Roger O'Daniel on January 6, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

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