Insisting that the “damage done by drugs is felt far beyond the millions of Americans with diagnosable substance abuse or dependence problems,” President Obama has declared October 2011 to be National Substance Abuse Prevention Month. However, while drug abuse and drug-related crimes have unquestionably taken a toll on American families and communities, the government’s own War on Drugs has left indelible scars on the population.
The combination of the debt-ceiling debate and the recent bankruptcy of a solar firm with a $535 million loan guarantee is certain to give energy subsidies a leading part in the Washington budget drama this fall.
How many were fed up with the constant bally-hoo and repetition of Gov. Chris Christie being pushed for President? Now we have the answer. It is NO.
The economics of class and sectional differences drive politics. The tax code is the scorecard of the winners and losers. While wages have stagnated since 1968 taxes have become oppressively higher.
Technology, having outstripped our ability as humans to control it, has become our Frankenstein’s monster. Delighted with technology’s conveniences, its ability to make our lives easier by performing an endless array of tasks faster and more efficiently, we have given it free rein in our lives, with little thought to the legal or moral ramifications of allowing surveillance technology, especially, to uncover nearly every intimate detail of our lives.
Political commentator James J. Devine calls for unity as we pursue solutions to America’s problems: “At its heart, the frustration among voters in this deeply divided nation is essentially rooted in one thing: There has been a class war waged against the working middle class for nearly thirty years and its effect is finally being felt.”
The headlines blare “N.J towns to save $267M in pension costs thanks to new law” when they should blare: “N.J. towns get another way to avoid paying pension costs thanks to a bunch of idiots making pension policy and a bigger bunch of idiots who take them seriously”
How many have had a problem with identity theft? Someone just told me it happened to him, and it’s totally tragic. This happened through a computer with charges made against his account that almost wiped him out. One was from Florida and one from China, would you believe? I have mentioned this previously – I will never go this way when it comes to my money.
As an entrepreneurship educator, studying the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, has been one of the great pleasures of the profession. At times, it even feels like an indulgence given the difficulty future technology leaders will surely have in replicating his contributions.
My heart goes out to the family of Steve Jobs, his friends and colleagues. He was an American icon and one of the greatest visionaries of our time. His passing is such a great loss for our country.