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A step back, a deep breath, and a reassessment: Reality

I was stunned by the results of the recent presidential election. I had a hard time believing that the electorate would reject a continuation of the social programs that have been so important to our nation: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and various protections of social and economic groups on the margin. My deep roots in …

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1913 again?

Earlier this month, I attended a panel discussion at the World War I National Memorial and Museum in Kansas City.  Dr. Matthew Naylor, President of the Museum, made some observations that frightened me.  “There has never been a time since 1913 that is more like 1913 than today.”  In 1913 the world and especially the …

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Expenditure Entitlements and Tax Entitlements

As presidential campaigns begin, it is important to understand the difference between these two and the people who benefit from them. The so-called federal entitlement programs include Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid along with a few others.  These programs totaled $1.9 trillion for 2010 exlcuding Veterans benefits.   Ninety-one percent of these benefits go to …

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