Monday, July 26, 2010

Is the Threat From Iran, Terrorists and the Taliban Real?

Someone who wished to post a comment on my blog (the comment will be posted as soon as "anonymous" identifies herself) wrote that my recent article "The Fragility of Freedom" was using scare tactics. In the article I referred to several external  as well as internal threats to our citizens' safety and liberties.

On the external threats, I referenced included:
  1. Iran's ability to have nuclear weapons within the next two years and that if they were to drop a bomb on one of our major cities, such as Chicago, the events of 9/11 will pale in comparison.
  2. Countries around the world have theocratic governments (meaning church and state are combined) and the mission of those governments is to convert the world to their system. In those countries, women have no rights.
  3. Terrorists who cloak themselves in religion intend to inflict as much harm as possible on our country and our citizens.
I believe these external threats are real and should be taken seriously.

Do you agree or disagree?

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Note to Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:
You made some good points in your comments posted last Friday.

I am willing to publish your comments if you are willing to identify yourself. It's only fair - you know who I am. I deserve the same courtesy of knowing who you are.


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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Our Government Can't Limit How Much Profit My Business Makes! Or Can it?

If we do a good job at the business we run, we should expect to make a profit. No where in our constitution is the power granted to Government to limit how much profit a business can make. Or does it?

In the new health care bill signed into law this past March, insurance companies are required to meet a medical-loss ratio. The medical-loss ratio is the amount the insurance company must pay out in claims versus the premiums they collect. Regardless of how well an insurance company ran its business in the past, they must now pay out at least 80% of what they collect in premiums towards medical claims.

I am no fan of medical insurance companies. This law, though, effectively limits how much profit the companies can make.

If such laws can be implemented against one industry, what is to stop the government from implementing comparable laws against your industry? Is there no limit to the government's power?

On this Independence Day weekend, Thomas Jefferson's words in the Delcaration of Independence are poignant:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. ... to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

Have we, the governed, consented to granting the government to limit our profits?

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

How Potato Parable Can Teach Us About Abundance

As a child I was pretty inquisitive. When I got a toy, it wasn’t unusual for me to take it apart to see how it worked. I remember when I got my first doll with moving arms and legs – I pulled the doll’s arm out of the socket to see what allowed it to move.

So it shouldn’t surprise you that as a child I once planted a potato in the ground to see what would happen.

Click here to read what happened:

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