Our System of Federalism and the Mess it Sometimes Creates

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The notion of federalism is that the Constitution grants the states the leeway to set up their own laboratories about governing that do not conflict with the rights it guarantee to the People, (Art...

How Things Work

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After spending 20 years learning how things worked on the upper floors of government (military) bureaucracy and Fortune 500 corporate management I spent another 20 years at the other end of the economic and...

The “Union” in United States; Thomas Jefferson “Out-Subtles” Napoleon

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Every school kid knows, or at least used to be taught, about Thomas Jefferson's purchase of "Louisiana" from France for15 million dollars in 1803. That was $18 per sq sq mile or a little...

Letter from Archbishop Vingano to President Trump

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Seems the Angels in Heaven are Gathering Dated: June 7, 2020 Holy Trinity Sunday Mr. President,             In recent months we have been witnessing the formation of two opposing sides that I would call Biblical: the...

Social Distancing, “If I was any Closer to You, I’d be Behind You” (Updated)

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(I updated this on 4/03 after I found some notes on corporate production tatistical modeling from a Fortune 500 company in the 1980s. Instructive, perhaps at least for government agency decision makers.) In Virginia it's...

“One of These Day I’m Gonna Run This Construction Company!”

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For those of you old enough, there was a beatnik comedian from the 60s named Brother Dave Gardner. He told a story about going to a construction site where he saw a fellow standing over by the gravel pile with his foot on his...