Pondering Pogo's Enemy: One Op-Ed at a Time

Pondering Pogo's Enemy: One Op-Ed at a Time

by Herb Van Fleet

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532317606
Publisher: Op-Ed Publishing
Publication date: 12/05/2016
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Herb Van Fleet is a retired financial consultant and resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has had no formal training as a writer except in what few writing courses he took in college many,
many years ago. After retirement, Mr. Van Fleet considered writing a book, specifically on current events. Initially, he submitted a number of letters-to-the-editor to his local paper in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He then started sending the LTE's to home town newspaper, the Joplin Globe. As those became longer and longer, the Globe started running them as op-eds. After more than 50 of those op-ed's, the book was born and it became Pondering Pogo's Enemy.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF PONDERINGS:

1. ECONOMIC ISSUES 1
1. 1 Blaming Henry Ford 1
1.2 Minimum Wage and Big Business 5
1.3 The Tragedy of Self-Interest 8
1.4. Drug Companies and Free Enterprise 14

2. GOVERNANCE AND DEMOCRACY 18
2.1 Planning Seven Generations Ahead 18
2.2 What is the Power of We The People? 22
2.3 The 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room 26
2.4 The Right to Keep From Being Shot 31
2.5 Time to Quit Digging 33
2.6 How to Save a Drowning Man 36
2.7 So Long Democracy, We Knew Ye Well. R.I.P. 39
2.8 Thoughts on the Fourth of July 42
2.9 The Debt Ceiling Conundrum 46
2.10 Why Supreme Court Opinions Need a Supermajority 49

3. NATIONAL SECURITY 56
3.1 Terms and Conditions for Government Surveillance 56
3.2 No Place to Hide 61
3.3 The Snowden Controversy 65
3.4 War and Humanitarianism 68

3.5 Searching for the Least Worst Decision 71
3.6 Torturing America's Values 74
3.7 Chicken Little and the War on Terrorism in America 79

4. POLITICAL ISSUES 82
4.1 A New Star Chamber 82
4.2 From Russia With . . . Irony? 90
4.3 I Like IKE and So Should You! 93
4.4 Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Health Care 97
4.5 When "Give 'em Hell" Truman Actually Gave 'em Hell 107

5. SOCIAL ISSUES 111
5.1 Oskar and Huck 111
5.2 Tribalism, Pluralism and Geronimo 113
5.3 Speaking of Broadcast Media and Free Speech 116
5.4 Predicting is Hard, Especially about the Future. 119
5.5 When Politically Correct is not Politically Correct 122
5.6 About the Death Penalty 125
5.7 About Marriage - Gay or Straight 129
5.8 Pro Life or Pro Birth? 132
5.9 Marriage Licenses and the Wall of Separation 135
5.10 The Conversation About Race 139

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