Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Democratic Agenda

The Democratic Party lacks a cohesive message encompassing a strategic vision that captures the many disparate interests of its constituency,

This was clear in the scattershot platform put forward by Hillary Clinton in her Presidential campaign. Rather than having a driving focus, it consisted of a laundry list of issues with no apparent central theme.

Despite the current chaos surrounding the Presidency of Donald Trump, the core Republican agenda, while slowed, remains in force. It’s key, two-pronged objective is the neutering of the Affordable Care Act and so-called “tax reform”. Both are little more than a furthering of the same goal they have pursued for over thirty-five years, the enhancement and entrenchment of the interests of the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the vast majority of citizens.

In order to oppose this trend Democrats must forcefully assert that the fundamental role of government pertains to the distribution of wealth. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

New Budget Substitutes Taxes For Landfill Revenue

Just as I have been predicting, the loss of revenues from the landfill will fall squarely on the taxpayers of Southbridge

 The budget presentation for the next fiscal year proposes to eliminate $920,000 from landfill revenues that the town relies upon to finance its operating budget. And how is this accomplished?  Simple – Gross Increase at Projected Tax Levy for the next fiscal year increase by $994,429.

At the same time, when adjusted for the increased tax rate, the contribution from new growth is projected to decline by almost 20%.

 How long will it be at this rate before “new growth” becomes negative and taxes increase just to maintain current levels of service? 

Friday, February 17, 2017

How To Save 51 Billion Lives For 68 Cents

Using the power of engineering and brilliant inventions to save lives!!! Great times collaborating with Bill and Melinda Gates! You should check out the Gates Annual Letter here: 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A New Hat Trick

In 1969, as I was leaving High School and entering college, I was convinced that the country had passed from reality into a twisted version of the twilight zone.

After all, an Edsel was worth $100,000, the NY Mets had won the World Series and Richard Nixon was President.

In the intervening forty-eight years things gradually recovered some sense of normalcy following Nixon's resignation.

Until now that is.

As we enter 2017, a Cheeto that looks like the gorilla Harambe has sold for $100,000, the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series and Donald Trump is President.

I can only pray that history will continue to repeat itself.