The Pipeline made simple

The U.S. Senate rejected passage of the Keystone Pipeline by one vote this week. The controversial energy plan will be back on the agenda, however, in January. For most of us, separating fact from fiction as both sides alter the facts is difficult at best, but here...

The U.S. and China Square off

  In Beijing this week the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is winding down. As representatives from its 21 member nations return home, one thing is certain.  China has become America’s main rival for influence in that region. Depending on who you...

The Elephant in the room

  Mid-term elections are less than two weeks away. Issues, for the most part, have fallen bye the wayside as pure politics runs amuck. No wonder voter turnout is traditionally so poor in this midterm madness. Republicans are running against an unpopular president...

Why is this recovery different?

The stock markets are at record highs. Interest rates are at record lows. The unemployment rate is below 6% and yet, most Americans are unhappy. They are not feeling the recovery. Why? The answer to that question is complicated. But let’s start with the financial...

Is Wall Street responsible for climate change?

  Monday’s Wall Street sit-in by a few hundred radicals would lead us to believe that Wall Street is responsible for the present changes in the world’s climate.  Maybe so, but remember this, what Wall Street has done, it can also undo. Readers know that I am no...

Financing ISIS

  Out-gunned, out-manned and out-financed, terrorists should be logically on the losing end of any combat engagement. And yet,   they exist and sometimes flourish despite the odds. Much of their success can be attributed to cash, the life blood of any army, and...