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AIG: Bring lawyers, guns and money

The only real difference between Bernie Madoff and the management of AIG is that when Bernie Madoff got caught, he pleaded guilty. When AIG…

Rewarding failure

If AIG were in the public relations business instead of insurance, it surely would have gone broke years ago.

Take the reaction to its decision to go ahead with…

When honesty is only an illusion

Trust in government -- essential to a democracy -- depends greatly on whether citizens believe the government's dealings are conducted honestly and above board. In the United States, the means…

The health care crisis: Is it solvable?

As the nation seems to be marching inexorably toward universal health care, did you ever wonder why medical costs have grown beyond all other goods and services? Why is it…

Recession set to be longest of postwar period

Factory jobs disappeared. Inflation soared. Unemployment climbed to alarming levels. The hungry lined up at soup kitchens.

It wasn't the Great Depression. It…

Afghanistan: The new Vietnam?

The new Obama administration has been forthright in redirecting primary attention in the war on terrorist groups to Afghanistan, where the Taliban -- a vital al Qaeda ally -- is…

Let’s face it…Pork is with us to stay

Those expensive non-crucial items -- also known as "earmarks" -- lawmakers stick into nearly every spending bill to help assure their reelection would be better labeled "nose marks" for all…

Is a Disunited States in our future?

Top Russian diplomat Igor Panarin has been predicting for more than 10 years now that the United States will break up into six separate pieces that will become client states…

Good etiquette for a bad economy

As you know, the best minds in Washington, D.C., are working to fix the economy. That strongly suggests to me that the recession is going to be around for a…

One in five homeowners in trouble with mortgages

One in five U.S. homeowners with mortgages owe more to their lenders than their properties are worth, and the rate will increase as housing…