Based on my experience and observational research, I have come to value the intellectual caliber of a person based on how they measure up on the product of three dimensions: Intellectual Caliber = Intellectual Strength x Intellectual Integrity x Intellectual Humility Descriptions of what is meant by each of these dimensions are provided below.  They […]

As I write this, the Republicans have just brought out their replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Listening to the arguments pro and con, there is one issue in particular that I fear is being misrepresented, and there is another issue in particular that I fear has been lost or is being ignored. The […]

Other than them being obligatory, I don’t look at the taxes I pay any differently than I look at the price I pay for discretionary goods and services: Am I getting my money’s worth? Is the price I am paying a fair one? Our current tax system has all but two of these properties, and I […]

I am a strong believer in the positive power of capitalism.  Free market capitalism has enabled leaps in the advancement of society’s quality of life and economic well-being that no managed market economy can come close to matching.  However, I am neither so naïve or ignorant not to also recognize the negative power of capitalism.  […]

The Road Not Taken (Robert Frost) Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the […]

Before the 2016 campaigns… Political Pollster: An American electorate that is already lax about exercising their right to vote, seems to be even less engaged than ever.  It is said that the two biggest reasons for this are voter ignorance and voter apathy.  What is your perspective? Voting Age Adult: I don’t know and I don’t care. […]

Folks experienced in trying to lead change know that the general population comes in three flavors: pioneers (the folks that love trying new stuff); Missourians (the folks that need to see that something works before they are willing to try it, “Show me.”), and the resistors (these are the evangelists of negativism, and the water […]