Let’s face it; the US is a violent country. Murders are an everyday event. Mass murders, workplace slaughters, and school shootings are common occurrences. I could quote statistics about how often these crimes occur, but one only has to pick up a daily newspaper in a large city or tune in to the nightly television… Continue reading
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It’s About the Money
Given the quickly changing “goals” of military intervention in Syria, it is important to determine the likely beneficiary from such action. Initially, the President wanted to send a message to the Syrian regime about the cost of using chemical weapons. Targeted, limited, and proportional strikes were the strategy of choice to punish the Assad regime… Continue reading
Blood & Treasure in Syria?
The phrase “blood and treasure” refers to the costs of war, both in lives and resources lost. Consider the cost of a US led “…limited and politically tailored response”1 to President Bashir al-Assad’s mass killing of civilians in Syria. What a limited and politically tailored response would look like is unclear, but it will be… Continue reading
Elite Private Universities: Are They A Good Value?
A comparison of the costs of public versus private institutions was the focus of my last post. However, cost is only part of the equation; we also have to consider the career outcome of graduating from public and private institutions. As I noted previously, with careful course planning students can get a quality education at… Continue reading
College Education: Public or Private?
For baby boomers, a college degree was the key to a successful future. Our parents expected us to go to college. Public colleges and universities were attractive because they were close to home and were relatively inexpensive. Most of us never entertained seriously the idea that we could not get a good education at the… Continue reading