Category Archives: Video

Extraversion and Success

extraversion

Is there a link between extroversion and success? My wife and I had a discussion this evening about a possible link between extroversion and success. Does having extroverted tendencies lead one to have greater success, in business or in life?

2012 Update: Herman Cain

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If there’s one dark horse in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination that’s currently getting a lot of attention, it’s the candidate that has never held political office, and has only run for office once before. But with each successive dropout in the Republican race, Herman Cain’s profile is raised higher.

Health Care Rationing Is Coming

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The debate about health care continues, but there is one thing that’s certain: there will be rationing of health care in our future. Whether the rationing happens through government intervention, insurance companies’ policies, or individual rationing, there will be rationing.

Arguments for God: The Problem of Evil

JOPLIN TORNADO - Residents of Joplin, Mo, walk west on 26th Street near Maiden Lane after a tornado hit the southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. The tornado tore a path a mile wide and four miles long destroying homes and businesses.(AP/Mike Gullett)

The church that I attend, Grace Church of DuPage, is going through a series on the book of Job. We’ve been at it for several weeks, and we’ll be at it for a few more (it’s a rather short series–7 or 8 weeks–so we’re covering large portions each week). This last week, the pastor took on the problem of evil, which is a large philosophical issue that many in the Church have dealt with in the last thousand years.

Political Differences: The Role of Government

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Earlier, I wrote about a difference between conservatives and liberals in regards to their views on how taxes affect behavior. Today, I want to look at a more fundamental difference between conservatives and liberals: the way that they view the role of government.

The Real Reason Government Can’t Do Anything Well

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Why do people complain about government? Why do conservatives say that everything the government does is inefficient? Why do some people want to privatize Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Education, and the post office? Why do a lot of people advocate for smaller government? One thing: price controls.

2012 Update: Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty

“I think we know with reasonable certainty that, standing up there on the west front of the Capitol on January 20, 2013, will be one of three people: Obama, [Tim] Pawlenty, and [Mitch] Daniels.” George Will came to this conclusion on ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” InTrade, the world’s leading prediction market (according to itself), has Tim Pawlenty’s chances of being the Republican nominee at 18.4% (It has Romney at 25.8%, Jon Huntsman at 12.6%, and Mitch Daniels at 11%).

Unions Bear Down on Boeing

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

I have been disheartened over the last few weeks to read how the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a complaint against Boeing, in an effort to stop Boeing from building a new plant to build its 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina.

Rent Control Hurts Everyone

Rent Control

It always pains me to read stories like this one in The Bay Citizen of San Francisco on April 30: “In San Francisco, one of the toughest places in the country to find a place to live, more than 31,000 housing units—one of every 12—now sit vacant, according to recently released census data. That’s the highest vacancy rate in the region, and a 70 percent increase from a decade ago.”

Taxing the Rich Doesn’t Solve Our Problem

Middle Class Tax Target

In an article published in April, the Wall Street Journal said that “Obama targets the middle class while pretending to tax only the rich.” I’ve heard this argument several times in the last week: raising taxes on the rich doesn’t solve the federal government’s deficit problem. In fact, if the government were to take every dollar that each rich person makes, it would only raise about $1 trillion. “The mathematical reality is that in the absence of entitlement reform on the Paul Ryan model, Washington will need to soak the middle class—because that’s where the money is.”