JUSTICE OR POLITICS?: The Supreme Court takes a controversial stance on campaign financing

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I suppose it’s a matter of perspective. But from where I sit, it looks as if the decision made by the Supreme Court regarding extension of maximum contributions to political campaigns by corporations has little to do with “what’s best for the United States of America.”  It looks like a purely political decision, in which […]

SOCIAL INSECURITY: a political comment

Forgive me if I just take an opportunity to make a political statement today.  It has been building up in me, and I think it’s time to let it out. There are things about the Social Security dilemma which are not being said, and I think we need to hear them before we make up […]

QUID PRO QUO: one thing in return for another.

Quid pro quo is commonly understood to mean “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”  That is to say, “you do me a favor and I’ll do one for you.”   The phrase comes from Latin, meaning “something for something.” In the business world, quid pro quo is an ordinary concept, in which one business […]

FERAL: existing in a wild state or condition

We have a pack of feral cats living in a wooded area near our home.   Every now and then they show themselves, usually in teams of two or three, but there have to be more than that in the pack.  They stay away from people, and they only come out in the evening or at […]

C-LEVEL : in-house jargon identifying those who bear titles that begin with C, such as CEO, COO, etc.

Business terms get tossed around like paper airplanes, most of the time with the uninformed expectation that everyone knows what they mean.   People who are in corporation-level positions use a jargon familiar to the industry on a daily basis, so it’s second nature to them to say something like: “The COO came through the office […]

CORPORATION: persons united in a body for some purpose

The dialogue/argument about the nature of corporations has picked up steam in the last few weeks as those involved in politics articulate their affection for or displeasure with the Supreme Court’s approval of SuperPac funding.  In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a 2010 decision, the Courts indicated that non-affiliated groups could collect and dispense […]