I’ve written extensively on the subject of healthcare reform over the past 15 months, and some of the most intense debates on this blog have taken place in the comments of healthcare related posts. As President Obama prepares for what is likely to be the most significant battle of his political career, it seems like [...]
For over seventy years, Democratic presidents have attempted to overhaul our healthcare system with the ultimate goal of establishing a single-payer plan. Franklin Roosevelt’s original vision for Social Security included universal health coverage, but he was unable to muster the political support needed to make it a reality in 1937. In later years, Harry Truman [...]
In yesterday’s post, I wrote about my goal of losing 60 pounds before my 48th birthday. I’m over halfway there, and I feel confident that I will be able to stick with the lifestyle changes I’m making for the long-term. The change in my appearance is already fairly dramatic, and I’m beginning to develop a [...]
When I stepped on my scale this morning I was tantalizingly close to a weight below 200 pounds for the first time in at least 15 years. Since September, I’ve lost nearly 35 pounds, or 15% of my total body weight. I still have a long way to go to reach my ultimate goal of [...]
In virtually every profession, charlatans and frauds occasionally attempt to pass themselves off as legitimate practitioners. Strict licensing requirements make it more difficult in some fields than others, but that doesn’t prevent the truly dedicated scam artist from attempting to cash in on a potentially lucrative business. It doesn’t happen very often, but the sheer [...]
If the automakers and the banks have to give up their corporate jets in return for taxpayer funded bailouts, why does Nancy Pelosi still get to fly home every weekend in a G5 at taxpayer expense?
Since getting out of the food business in January of 2008, I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out what I wanted to do for the next phase of my career. I applied half-heartedly for a few positions, but I never really embarked on a focused job search since I didn’t have [...]
Regular readers of this blog will recall that I was appointed last year to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Authority for the City of Roanoke. I joined the body in the hopes that we could take a proactive role in shaping the economic future of our city, [...]
Much hoopla has been made about the first 100 days of the Obama administration, and frankly, I’m pretty tired of it. There is no particular significance to the first 100 days of any new administration, other than to give our 24 hour news media something to blather about. In historical terms, 100 days is a [...]
If you think General Motors and Chrysler are poorly managed now, just wait until the Federal Government and the United Auto Workers become the majority stockholders.