Author Archives: Blake Ashby

Oil Production and Global Interdependence

If nothing else, the global pandemic is highlighting the interdependence of the global economy, and hopefully the need for international cooperation. Global oil production is yet another example of this interdependence. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/10/trump-mexico-oil/

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We need an Old Energy New Deal, not a Green New Deal

The Green New Deal didn’t make sense before the pandemic.  It makes even less sense now.  What we need is an Old Energy New Deal, focused on making our existing energy infrastructure more efficient, less polluting.  It’s not glamorous, but … Continue reading

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We Shouldn’t Question President Trump’s Integrity

It’s a rough time for our country, but we will get through it, and we will eventually get back to the presidential election.  When we do, I’m hoping its with a more civil, less hateful approach.  And that includes how … Continue reading

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An Honest Conversation About the Role of Government

We need to get through this crisis, and we will.  Once we do, we need to have a real conversation about the proper role of government.  What do we as individuals take responsibility for, and what responsibilities do we place … Continue reading

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Israeli Democracy

Lost in the global bad news over the weekend was a bit of good news – Israel became a little more democratic. For the first time ever, the parties representing Arab Israelis have agreed to participate in a coalition government. … Continue reading

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Digital Threats Act – Ending Online Death Threats

One of the problems in our society is that the anonymity of digital communications allows some people to feel empowered to say things that they would never say to someone’s face. An example of this are threats of harm or … Continue reading

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The Disappointment of Elizabeth Warren

I think, of all the Democratic candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the most disappointing.  She could have been a contender.  But at the end of the day she did a bunch of things that made me think of her as … Continue reading

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Every Wonder Why CEO Salaries Went Up 1,000%?

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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