Blog May 5, 2021

Unintended Consequences

Prussian Minister Otto von Bismarck once said that laws are like sausages: it’s better not to see them being made. Frankly, that comparison is unfair to sausage makers. When was the last time a kitchen full of lawmakers cooked up something as tasty as a delicate Bavarian weisswürst, or as satisfying as a classic Wisconsin brat, […]

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Blog April 28, 2021

Let’s Be Honest

Americans love holidays — so much that if we see a blank spot on the calendar, someone is ready to fill it. Usually, it’s someone with something to sell: would it shock you to learn that something called the National Retail Federation was behind Cyber Monday? (No Virginia, there is no Cyber Santa.) Friday, April […]

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Blog April 22, 2021

Poetry That Is Seen

The punk philosopher Iggy Pop once said, “When it comes to art, money is an unimportant detail. It just happens to be a huge unimportant detail.” While we like to think of art as priceless, the sad reality is that with few exceptions, art is just another commodity to be bought and sold. This week’s […]

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Blog April 14, 2021

Shakespeare the Tax Cheat: A Drama in Two Sonnets

One April day, in 1564/ (We know the month, but sadly not the date)/The Bard the world would someday all adore/Was born to write the plays we’d see as great./ Today we think of Shakespeare’s clever quatrains./Yet he was so much more than just a scrivener./His businesses included trading grains/And storing them for buyers making […]

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Blog April 7, 2021

Something to Celebrate?

This time of year, millions of Americans celebrate Easter and Passover, the holiest days of their faith. But the calendar is loaded with plenty of “Hallmark holidays,” too, usually invented by companies looking to sell something. There’s Sweetest Day, invented by greeting card companies to sell more greeting cards. There’s Small Business Saturday, invented by […]

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Blog March 31, 2021

Penny for Your Thoughts

In 2017, country singer Luke Bryan scored a #1 hit with “Most People Are Good.” Certainly, most people consider themselves good. Of course, “illusory superiority bias” (also known as the “better than average” effect) means most of us think we’re better than we really are at most everything. One survey showed 64% of drivers rating themselves […]

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