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Column: Obamacare Revelation: The Cost of the CEO Tax Break

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Corporate America’s CEO pay horror stories just keep rolling in. Marissa Mayer took the CEO reins at high-tech giant Yahoo in 2012. As of the end of last year, that status had brought Mayer a personal windfall that could eventually hit $214 million. Meanwhile, with Mayer at the helm, the value of the high-tech giant’s core business has shrunk from $7.3 billion to $500 million. Core business operations at biotech …

Column: Corporations Flee Excessive American Tax

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Obama administration is highly exercised about “inversion,” the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad. Not fair, says Barack Obama. It’s taking advantage of an “unpatriotic tax loophole” that hardworking American families have to …

Column: Even With an Engineering Degree, It’s Hard to Find a Job

Saturday, August 30, 2014

When I graduated from Penn State a year ago, I thought I was perfectly prepared to succeed in the business world. I’d worked hard, graduated at the top of my class in computer science and managed to acquire lots of experience with the sorts of industry software that I was sure hiring managers were looking for. I’d even chosen a STEM (science, technology, …

Editorial: A Bumper Crop Of Car Loans

Friday, August 15, 2014

The U.S. auto market is booming, with new car sales on track to hit 16.5 million in 2014, the best year since 2006. On the whole, this is great for the economy, since more demand for cars means more jobs in automobile manufacturing, sales and service. It’s a …

Column: Things Get Rough as Obama Hits the Links

Thursday, August 14, 2014

President Obama must really be teed off. Hillary Rodham Clinton, his once-loyal secretary of state and his likeliest successor, has gone rogue, criticizing his foreign policy as too timid. Obama responded with not one but two rounds of …

Column: Sprawl, and Hipsters, Come to the South

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Should the Piedmont area of the Carolinas and Georgia have stayed a poor region of mill villages and farms? Should prosperity be a first-come-only-served condition? Do new houses represent prosperity in the Northeast but pollution in the South? A new paper from the U.S. Geological Survery and comments …

Column: How to Lose Friends: Politics on Facebook

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shortly after Israel invaded the Gaza Strip in 2009, a close Muslim friend I’d known since elementary school suddenly disappeared from my Facebook feed. She’d been excoriating Israel in her posts, and I’d said nothing. Then I posted a statistic showing the number of Hamas-fired missiles landing in …

Willem Lange: A Musical Web Link Sends Me on a Sentimental Journey Home

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I wandered today to the hill, Maggie, to watch the scene below: The creek and the old rusty mill, Maggie, where we sat in the long, long ago. I really should spend less time in front of this computer. Like a maelstrom, it can suck you into so …

Column: Missouri’s Alternative for Primary Care

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Everyone agrees that the United States does not have enough primary-care physicians. There are huge swaths of the nation, especially rural and inner-city areas, that lack any primary-care physicians. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the shortage is at least 16,000 doctors. Various strategies have …

Column: The Iraq War Sequel Needs a Cast of Allies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

With the bombing campaign launched by the Obama administration against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, America’s unending war in the Middle East has come roaring back after a two-year intermission, under new ownership. Welcome …

Column: There Go the Neighborhoods, Authors Say

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Now, “being ‘neighborly’ means leaving those around you in peace.” Or think …

Column: Obama Mulls Cynical Immigration Order

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

President Obama is impatient. Congress won’t act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. The White House is coy as to exactly what the president will do. But the leaks point to an executive order essentially legalizing an enormous new class of illegal immigrants, perhaps up to …

Editorial: It’s Sunny, In a Bad Way

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You probably haven’t noticed, but the sun has been more restless lately. Scientists have been predicting an upswing in volatile solar behavior, resulting in “space weather” that poses a surprisingly dangerous threat to modern society. A big “coronal mass ejection” is one of the least commonly discussed natural …