Thursday, April 3, 2014
The following is an essay from Navy veteran Frank Villanueva. Mr. Villanueva recounts his military transition experience and offers some insights for those in the process of transitioning from military to civilian life.
I joined the military at age 18, after quitting college and having no clue as to what to do with my life. I rose through the enlisted ranks fairly quick and spent most of my military years as a supervisor. After spending over twenty years in the US Navy, I felt that I had achieved a level of comfort and seniority to be considered a senior manager. I always tried to lead by motivating, inspiring, and setting the right example to my subordinates. In many ways, I considered myself a mentor. So, when the time came to retire, I did not foresee any obstacles.
When I retired from the military, I thought I could just "flip" the switch and make the transition. I soon learned that this was not easy and that I needed help making the adjustment. I read articles about ways to prepare for and apply to civilian jobs. I also enrolled in college. Eventually, I found a position on a military base. However, my goal had been to work for a Fortune 500 firm as a Program Manager.
Monday, February 17, 2014
The following is an editorial by James Hall
With Ben Bernanke's departure as Chairman of the Federal Reserve the critiques of his tenure begin. The mainstream financial press is giving mostly favorable accounts. Heretofore, such praiseworthy acclamations strike a sharp contrast with the actual record of the state of the economy. However, the admirers of the Fed and his specific enactments live in a time warp that only "masters of the universe" encounter. For the remaining population, an intense struggle for survival is the actual experience, remembered from the Bernanke years.
Investopedia expresses a complimentary score of The Legacy Of Ben Bernanke, and cites distinguished highlights and concludes that, "Under Bernanke’s stewardship, the Fed became the most transparent it has ever been in its history."
Yet, they are compelled to mention that from 2008 onward, Bernanke and the Fed embarked on a series of unparalleled – and often unconventional – rescue programs and stimulus measures. These included:
- Ratcheting interest rates down to the lowest levels in American history;
- Force-feeding the U.S. economy with trillions of dollars through successive rounds of "quantitative easing";
- Bailing out troubled Wall Street firms and institutions;
- Orchestrating the rescue of other troubled financial institutions through shotgun weddings; and
- Lending funds to diverse sectors of the U.S. economy to revive stalled credit markets.
Monday, February 3, 2014
The following is an editorial by David M. Huntwork
Time and time again I have been accused of being on the “wrong side of history” when it comes to the arguments over abortion and, especially, to so-called gay marriage. This linguistic fad has exploded in use lately as if history itself is the sole arbitrator of what is right and true. It is the weapon of utter dismissiveness that is boldly and routinely wielded by the Left.
One should, in reality, not be interested in being on the “right side of history,” but on the right side of right and wrong.
The most recent and sudden burst of Leftist momentum in the culture wars have Progressives engaging in histrionic vitriol on a massive scale. Progressives make the fundamental mistake of feeling that being in lockstep with or creating social fads and whims of popular opinion at this particular moment in history is equivalent to being on the “right side of history.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
The following is an editorial by David M. Huntwork
The network A&E issued a statement late Wednesday branding Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s recent statements to GQ about sin and homosexuality unacceptable and indicated that his beliefs “in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who [sic] have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community.” The network has placed Phil under indefinite hiatus.
Expressing a Biblical viewpoint is now “unacceptable?” In any forum? Really? How far and how fast we have fallen as a society and as a culture. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion (especially the Christian one) is now not tolerated in the eyes of those who have completely capitulated to the charms of the gay agenda and those who seek to complete the mainstreaming of homosexuality into society without debate or criticism.
It is amazing that one can now be hounded, punished, and censored for merely having the audacity of believing in traditional morals and values. And for daring to express them. Political correctness is a tool of tyranny wielded by the radical 'isms' of the Left with increasing ferocity. The persecution of Christians continues to expand and grow every day and those who dare to proclaim a Biblical principle can expect no mercy. The Left has absolutely no tolerance for any beliefs other than their own. All else is branded incendiary bigotry, intolerance, and hatred. It has become fashionable to persecute traditional values, but if you dare offend gays, lesbians, or Muslims for that matter, you’re going to be intimidated, silenced, and labeled as a hater.
Posted by Dennis Gallagher at 9:44 PM
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The following is reprinted in its entirety by permission from Imprimis, a publication of Hillsdale College.
The following is adapted from a speech delivered at Hillsdale College by Peter J. Wallison on November 5, 2013, during a conference entitled “Dodd-Frank: A Law Like No Other,” co-sponsored by the Center for Constructive Alternatives and the Ludwig Von Mises Lecture Series.
The 2008 financial crisis was a major event, equivalent in its initial scope—if not its duration—to the Great Depression of the 1930s. At the time, many commentators said that we were witnessing a crisis of capitalism, proof that the free market system was inherently unstable. Government officials who participated in efforts to mitigate its effects claim that their actions prevented a complete meltdown of the world’s financial system, an idea that has found acceptance among academic and other observers, particularly the media. These views culminated in the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act that is founded on the notion that the financial system is inherently unstable and must be controlled by government regulation.
We will never know, of course, what would have happened if these emergency actions had not been taken, but it is possible to gain an understanding of why they were considered necessary—that is, the causes of the crisis.
Monday, November 18, 2013
My two cents (if it is worth that much in an Obama economy) for victory over the Republican party opposition is as follows. I’ll preface my comments by saying I do not purport to be another Lee Atwater, Mike Murphy, Karl Rove or James Carville when it comes to political strategy. I, however, like many who are actively engaged in the political process, have strong opinions on what I believe works and what doesn’t work as far as successfully promoting Republican and conservative candidates into elected office.
I’ll begin by saying that in America today there is no longer a Democratic party. That party has been expunged for well over two decades. There are no longer any Harry Truman’s, Adlai Stevenson’s, JFKs, RFKs, Eugene McCarthy’s, Scoop Jacksons or Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s governing or legislating within the Republican’s opposing party. They are long gone. The six-time presidential candidate of the Socialist party Norman Thomas is quoted as saying in 1944,
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”