Is Money for Military Operations Well Spent?

It has been estimated that Australians have forked out around $15 billion to fund overseas defense missions since 1999. This figure is estimated to increase by around $1 billion or more in recent years owing to war against the Islamic States in Iraq. This estimation was provided in a report by the online Australian news portal news.com.au.… [Read more]

Paving the Way to a Legacy: Beyond Inauguration Day

With the eyes of the nation focused on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Barack H. Obama will be sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

Whether we agree with his politics or policies there is one thing about which we should all agree: we are bearing witness to a powerful, historic event – one which is a significant reminder of the greatness of a democracy.… [Read more]

America: The Empire

America at last count was said to have military bases in over 36 countries. The United States’ global influence has grown since President Polk; some argue it is due to economic interests by way of crude resource material, and by way of  business growth opportunity with regard to trading among other nations.  Others would argue it is a direct course of the many, many pieces of legislation nullified since World War II.… [Read more]

Thanks A Whole Lot, S&P!

I’ve been watching the news and the reports are saying things to the effect of now that Standard & Poor’s  (S&P) has issued their report, the ‘dust can settle’.  REALLY?!?  How can anyone say that in the face of the stock market tanking like it has over the past several days?  Thanks a whole lot, S&P!!… [Read more]

What Now?

I thought I would end up posting the very minute that the latest governmental fiasco deal was strong-armed and threatened debated into existence but, frankly, I’ve spent the last few days trying to find any upside to this latest episode.  I’m still searching and, given some of the reports that are not getting any mention in the press, maybe there’s more to this than meets the eye.  … [Read more]