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Economics Politics

What the Wright Brothers can teach us all today

The Wright Brothers changed the world in so many ways. A few weeks ago I read David McCullough’s book on the Wright Brothers, and last week my family visited the Wright Brothers Memorial Museum in the Outer Banks. What really impresses me about them is that they revolutionized the world literally on a shoestring budget. […]

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Employment Politics

The deepness of simplicity

I have been reading Walter Isaacson’s biography about Steve Jobs, aptly called … “Steve Jobs.” Jobs is not exactly the type of person I want to emulate in many ways. He wasn’t a great family man, and he was often impatient and downright rude with his employees and colleagues. However, he had several qualities that […]

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Politics

Conservatism is still needed in the post-Cold War period

In the James Bond movie “Skyfall,” the discussion turns quite philosophical when in a court scene “M” asks a profound question: “So before you declare us irrelevant, ask yourselves: ‘How safe do you feel?’” The scene is immediately afterward met by a typical James Bond shootout. The backdrop of the movie involves a subplot in […]

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Faith Politics

The priesthood of the believer and the dignity of work

I am a Christian who believes in the priesthood of all believers. By trade, I work in the employment business, and I place many people in what are often considered thankless and mundane jobs. So labor and work are matters that are of interest to me. So I was especially interested as I recently was […]

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Economics Employment Politics

Why pass-through businesses matter

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson made headlines a few weeks ago when he threatened to vote against the Republican-sponsored tax overhaul. The Republicans in the Senate needed to take seriously any Republican who said he or she would oppose the bill, because they have a razor-thin majority and could allow no more than two defections. Johnson […]