Bloomberg’s Past

Even today, it’s still one of the most devastatingly funny comebacks I’ve ever heard. For fifteen years I was part owner of The Delmar Lounge, a late-night lounge and restaurant in St. Louis. It drew a wide cross section of people and for many years was one of St. Louis’ most popular nightspots.

One of our regulars came from a family with money, a fact that he was more than willing to share. It was a Friday night and the lounge was packed. The rich kid wanted a place for he and his friends to sit, so he approached one of the tables and made an offer. “My friends and I would like a table. My family is very wealthy. I’ve got my checkbook with me. Within reason, of course, what would it take for you to give us your table?” One of the guys at the table, without missing a beat said “Well, you could b__w me”. Everybody at the table and around us, including the rich kid’s friends, burst out laughing. The rich kid slinked away, the table had a good laugh and went back to their Friday night.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is an Intellectual Fraud

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Michael Milken and Redemption

I have to admit, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Michael Milken..  He did deserve the jail time he got, he was breaking securities laws in an attempt to hide his holdings and influence.  But in the scope of Wall Street characters or scoundrels, whichever you prefer, he was also an innovator that helped change and yes improve our financial markets. 

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Iran Needs to Allow a Vote on Being a Theocracy

We need to make Democracy a condition of any future nuclear deal with Iran

Iran insists that it is a responsible nation and can be trusted with nuclear technology.  Recent unrest has shown yet again that the nation doesn’t trust its own people, and the people are losing their trust in their leadership.  Iran is not a democracy, it is a theocracy, run in the name of God by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.  The Supreme Leader has control over every aspect of society, and a private army, the Revolutionary Guard, that only answers to him. 

Certainly, it’s fine if Iran wants to be a Theocracy, that’s the right of its citizens – every country has the right to choose its own government.  But the citizens of Iran should have the right to periodically affirm that choice through a vote or choose to end the Theocracy. 

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Blake Ashby speaking at St. Louis County Libertarian meeting Monday December 16

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Be Gentle with your Trump-loving relatives this Thanksgiving

Be gentle with your Trump-loving family members this Thanksgiving. And yes, that means taking a step back from your moral high ground.

I didn’t vote for the President and I’m not a fan of the Administration. However the Pro Impeachment crowd seems to regularly distort or even ignore why people voted for Trump – because they felt that a President Hillary Clinton would be more dangerous to our country and to our Constitution.

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Socialism and Unicorns

I’m sorry, but it’s just hard for me to take people that talk about socialism seriously.  If I said I believe in government by unicorns” you would laugh at me. But socialism is no more connected to reality than unicorns are.

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CEO Salaries – a distortion of American Capitalism

Here’s an example of how American Capitalism has been distorted:  compensation for Chief Executive Officers of public companies.  If you go back a few decades, the average corporate CEO made about 20 times what his or her workers made.  By 2010, the average CEO made 200 times what the average worker made, an increase of 1,000%.  The average CEO went from being paid hundreds of thousand dollars a year to being paid tens of millions of dollars a year.

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Trump, Israel and the Two State Solution

President Trump left his mark on a little more of the world this week.  The administration reversed decades of US policy, declaring that Israel has a right to build settlements in Palestinian West Bank. 

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American Capitalism is BROKEN and we need to fix it

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