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Who Killed the Middle Class?

Who Killed the Middle Class?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth — a rising, thriving middle class.” So said Barack Obama in…

Retirement Income and the New Normal

Retirement Income and the New Normal

There were three ways to look at how to generate retirement income.  The Bank Way, the Wall Street Way and the Insured Way. Two of the three, the Bank Way…

Children and Disaster: Is my child OK?

Children and Disaster:  Is my child OK?

Paul H. VanValin, PhD Hurricane Sandy is called a “super storm” because of the devastating effect it had on so many people.  Sandy’s impact is still being felt by many…

Fewer Dollars and Babies Threaten Social Programs

Fewer Dollars and Babies Threaten Social Programs

By MICHAEL BARONE Our major public policies are based on the assumption that America will continue to enjoy growth. Economic growth and population growth. Through most of our history, this…

CITIZEN TALK: Zero Tolerance for Crime

I have been pretty quiet with my opinions about the assault currently underway on our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. But while listening to the Senate hearings on gun…

CITIZEN TALK: The Necessity of Accounting…and Accountability

In my Financial Accounting class this semester, I learned that every single publicly traded company has to publish a full annual report on its assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses, and cash…

If Demography Is Destiny, Good News for Texas, D.C.

If Demography Is Destiny, Good News for Texas, D.C.

Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This…

Lincoln Re-examined

Lincoln Re-examined

By SUZANNE FIELDS Every schoolchild with enough smarts and curiosity to get beyond the latest video game of “Call of Duty” ought to go see “Lincoln,” the movie, and check…

The Cost of Freedom

The Cost of Freedom

By ROBIN TULL As a financial planner I’m used to assessing the cost of things. How much will it cost to buy a house, to take a vacation, to send…

A Post Election Dream

A Post Election Dream

By Carlos Campo A light rain fell and a surprisingly frosty wind chilled the citizens waiting in the serpentine line. There was a seriousness in this group, a sense that…

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