America needs more capitalists, not cowards
There should be a five-second rule in economics. The object of the game is to score more points, not to hoard the ones we already have. Have you ever watched your favorite team founder in a big game because they started playing not to lose instead of continuing to play to win? It is the easiest way to squander a big lead.
It’s the EPA. It’s governing regulations. It’s the tax cuts set to expire. It’s Europe. It’s China. It’s everybody but me.
Too many businessmen today are blaming “uncertainty” for their failure to do more hiring, to invest in the stock market or even to invest in their own companies. Too many are doing nothing to help themselves or the economy. Too many are wringing their hands or just sitting there on them, too frightened to move. Too many are whiners. Not enough are problem solvers. Too many people are afraid to believe in others.
Even as a country, we have become too timid to do the things we know are necessary to promote the economy, things such as improving our infrastructure or buying each other’s products and services, (even though I heard you turn out some pretty fine product at a reasonable price.)
Well, let me tell you something mister. This is capitalism, American-style capitalism, the best there is. In capitalism, cowards don’t deserve to make a dollar. Not a penny nor a sniff.
It’s time to place your bets and move the game along. When the Supreme Court affirms the constitutionality of Obamacare later this month, it will be a happy day in America.
It will also mark the beginning of an enthusiastic, robust and prolonged economic recovery and expansion. Mark my words.
Game tied. Your ball out.
— Clay Wilkinson
Let’s not forget D-Day so soon
I note with some sadness that D-Day (June 6, 1944) did not merit inclusion in the Today In History section of the Tribune-Star.
To a few surviving veterans, it was the biggest day in the last century when they hit the beaches for the big push against Hitler. Time moves on and the events in history get re-evaluated. Soon now, D-Day will not be given one line in the history books, but I wish we could have waited a few more years before assigning it to the dust bin of history — just for the sake of a few old guys who made the trip and are still around.
— Toby Hightower