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The Greek Debt Crisis Contains Warnings for All Nations

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 2:20pm

If the Greeks have the political courage to finally and completely address their debt problems, they could become a leader in Europe and the world on how to achieve economic growth in the 21st century. Beyond paying what they owe to Europe and the IMF, their real issue...

Killing Ex-Im Bank is Just Plain Stupid

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:58am

So, this is the conservatives’ big idea about how to win the hearts and minds of Americans – killing the Ex-Im bank? Seriously? Let’s review: 

1) The US Export-Import Bank is a moneymaker for the federal government. That’s right. Almost alone amongst...

The Longevity Dividend from an Aging Population

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 3:45pm

As the 2016 American presidential campaign gets rolling, it will be interesting to see how the candidates outline their strategies for dealing with an aging population. The candidate who gets it right will not talk about how to deal with more “old people,” but how to...

Jindal’s Position on Obamacare Is Lose-Lose

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 12:41pm

Bobby Jindal lost me on Obamacare. If the Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act, the Louisiana governor says the GOP should dump the law and start over. “Republicans were elected to repeal Obamacare; that’s what they should do.” He does not endorse the...

Why the Clintons Really Established Their Foundation

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 8:40am

In a recent column, I suggested that stockholders in companies that donate to the Clinton Foundation should protest that misuse of funds. Why am I so opposed...

The Class of 2015 Could Witness the Next Century

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 3:20pm

Class of 2015, it is an honor to address you today on this monumental occasion. I’m a bit surprised by the invitation, to be honest. I’m not in movies, I have no guitar, and I do not and never will hold public office.

Instead, I spend my life working with...

Even Fashion Sees the Power of Aging Boomers

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:00am

After more than 100 years in print, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) on Apr. 27 officially goes all-digital. In its final print edition three days earlier, Turning The Page, the editors announce: “Today we say goodbye to an old friend, a morning habit for generations....

A Closed School in Scranton Opens a New Window on Aging

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 11:00am

Audubon Elementary School in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has long been scheduled for demolition. The school has sat empty for four years ever since mold was discovered in the old...

Why the U.S. Can’t Trust Iran

Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 12:15am

It appears we have a deal to have a deal with Iran. That’s the upshot of months – years - of negotiating, including some frantic last-minute sessions aimed at preventing Congress from punishing Iran’s intransigence by imposing further sanctions. President Obama,...

What Smart People Get Wrong About Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 2:22pm

Rare diseases – such as Alzheimer’s in anyone under age 60 – are heart-wrenching and tragic. But they don’t get vast public attention, unlike communicable diseases such as TB, malaria, Ebola or, more recently, cancer, heart disease...

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