Gongol.com Archives: August 2006
Brian Gongol

August 25, 2006

The American Way UPS survey says Chinese customers want "Made in the USA"
Looking at the next 50 to 100 years, there are lots of people who fear that the US will no longer have economic, strategic, or political dominance in the world. That may or may not be true. But if we're smart about it, we'll do our best to make sure that American values are dominant in the next century. Those values are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- highly secular, even commercial, values. A simple back-of-the-envelope calculation makes it clear that embracing economic growth along with those values is about the only way to ensure long-term happiness in the land of the free and the home of the brave. But the signals are that the government wants to do exactly the opposite -- for instance, threatening to crack down on Internet retailing and start taxing it to death. Perhaps if we quit expanding the Federal government to titanic proportions, we would find ourselves less encumbered by the taxes needed to feed the leviathan.

Science and Technology Polar bears, meet George Costanza
Danish researchers say polar bears are experiencing "shrinkage" due to pollution

CommerceBucket Public-private partnerships in public works

Broadcasting CBS to stream shows by 20th Century Fox online

News Austrian police find missing girl after eight years
She escaped her captor when he got distracted by a telephone call. He promptly took off in his car and killed himself

The United States of America 83% of seats in state legislatures up for grabs this year
Iowa's race is one of the tightest. State legislatures have a lot to be angry about, with Washinton trying to pre-empt them on everything from running the National Guard to introducing national ID guidelines to firing off unfunded "homeland security" mandates.

Graphics Bank Note

Water News Even more wildfires in northern Nebraska