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Bush and Obama Deserve Credit for GM’s Turnaround

By at December 2, 2010 | 11:02 am | 0 Comment

Bush and Obama Deserve Credit for GM’s Turnaround

General Motors was Horatio Alger, and the model of adaptability over the first-half of the American century. GM consolidated, acquired, competed and expanded at a rapid rate; it contributed to the World War I effort, survived the 1929 stock crash, mobilized for the Great War and adjusted to postwar labor unrest. William Durant’s colorized versions of the Model-T followed […]

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I see London

By at December 1, 2010 | 12:00 pm | 2 Comments

I see London

I see London, I see France, I see someone’s underpants, or, why not let airport security go to the dogs? When I was a kid, back in the late Jurassic, we used to have to practice the “duck and cover” drills in our school. For those of you who grew up after the interesting years of The Cold War, “duck and cover” […]

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When a Burger turns to Turkey, anything can happen

By at November 25, 2010 | 12:16 pm | 1 Comments

When a Burger turns to Turkey, anything can happen

My family is very traditional when it comes to holiday meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas. We almost always have turkey and dressing, gravy, green beans, my aunt Shirley’s creamed corn casserole. Stuff like that. One Christmas we had something else. It was Bubba’s fault. Bubba was a friend who lived across the street in the Georgia town where I grew up. He […]

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Senator Musto’s career comes crashing down

By at November 23, 2010 | 5:32 pm | 113 Comments

Senator Musto’s career comes crashing down

Senator Raphael Musto or Ray as he prefers, nearly had his bags packed as he prepared to ride-off in to the sunset on his way to retirement. Musto intended to call it a legislative career at the end of the session. Political insiders tell RocktheCapital.com over the months there was talk in the hallways of the Capitol […]

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission opens the door to a 31 year old environmental mess

By at November 23, 2010 | 1:34 am | 1 Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission opens the door to a 31 year old environmental mess

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has agreed to address the remains of a 30 year old nuclear mess. The “mess” is located at Three Mile Island’s, Unit 2, just outside Harrisburg. The unit has not been thoroughly decontaminated since the partial core meltdown in 1979. Eric Epstein, one of the founders of Rock The Capital and Chairman of TMI-Alert filed a petition in […]

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Millionaires who want to give back with no strings attached

By at November 20, 2010 | 11:17 am | 97 Comments

Millionaires who want to give back with no strings attached

The holiday spirit is starting to percolate, which is what inspired me to donate free time to Rock The Capital, which pales so deeply by comparison to what dozens of America’s wealthiest taxpayers have pledged to do for the good of country. A group of millionaires, roughly 40 at last count, recently forged an alliance with one goal in mind, end the Bush era tax cuts for folks earning more than […]

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The Chinese Finger Trap

By at November 19, 2010 | 12:53 pm | 6 Comments

The Chinese Finger Trap

When I was a kid a friend gave me a Chinese finger trap – a woven bamboo tube that got wider when compressed and narrower when stretched. These characteristics made it extremely easy for you to get you fingers into the trap, but very hard to get them out – similar to what we now face with […]

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Markosek steers his way to the House Appropriations Committee

By at November 18, 2010 | 2:02 pm | 0 Comment

Markosek steers his way to the House Appropriations Committee

If there is one subject Joe Markosek can consider himself an expert in, its transportation. Markosek has focused much of his attention on roads since first being elected to the House in 1982. It came as no surprise when he was tapped to become chairman of the House Transportation Committee. What has come as a surprise, and […]

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Last Call for Overhaul

By at November 17, 2010 | 12:35 pm | 2 Comments

Last Call for Overhaul

What do Utah and Pennsylvania have in common besides nuclear waste and overrated college football teams? State control of liquor sales. Utah is a theocracy where moral righteousness regarding liquor consumption ends during tax collection. Utah’s booze sales of $267 million last year were funneled through 44 state stores, 100 contract stores, and 600 employees. […]

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Pennsylvania’s Senate Ethics Committee has its own ethical lapse

By at November 17, 2010 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania’s Senate Ethics Committee has its own ethical lapse

Senator Robert Mellow is but weeks away from riding off in to the glorious sunset of retirement. Glorious as it is, at least on paper, as Pennsylvania’s longest serving Senator; he stands to receive a pension worth over $300,000 a year. However, there are troubling questions that go unanswered, a federal investigation, and now a renewed demand for […]

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