As events unfold, we all tend to forget history. What I want to do with this piece is to explore some history of Iraq now that our combat forces have been withdrawn.
China has been all over the news. Part of the stories have related to exports and imports between the United States and China. Other news has covered the challenges faced by China’s economy. While there have been some fluctuations in China’s economy we have also faced downturns at home.
Several weeks ago, my wife Phoebe, her sister, Suzie and I visited Phoebe’s brother, Bert and his wife, Anita in Saratoga Springs, New York. It was during the racing seasons — so off we went to the track. The Saratoga Race Track is an historic setting, and we were fortunate to have Club House seating with a fine luncheon. I will not list the wins or even how much was lost!
As I watch television, I am amazed with the advertising. What amazes me is that the ads actually sell something? Or do they? The content and images in many of the television ads really turn me off. It is not just the higher volume. Let me explain what I mean.
Over the last few months, have you had to let go of a loved one? What do I mean? Well, it could be a child has just started kindergarten, or could be a wedding where one of your children was married. It could also mean a child leaving home to attend a college some distance from home.
In today’s global economy and increasing mobility, families are no longer living across town from each other. They are across the country or even on the other side of the globe. Jobs today are very mobile. I will never forget when some thirty years ago a friend, who was an executive at IBM, told me, “IBM does not stand for International Business Machines. It stands for I’ve been moved.”
Now that the Fall is just about with us, let me outline a great place to visit with your family – the North Fork of Long Island. To get there is not a long trip. For the readers of this column it is around one hour by car. Any day of the week will work, but more is happening on Saturdays and Sundays. Count on spending the entire day, including dinner.
There are basically two factors, which will cause significant shortages in the healthcare field over the next 20 years. First, baby boomers will grow older and it is an undisputed fact that most healthcare resources are needed as we age. Today, in the United States, there are around 40 million people over the age of 65. By 2030, that number will explode to over 71 million. That is a 77 percent increase – an impact, which will measurably affect the delivery of healthcare. Next, adding some 30 million people to healthcare insurance under the recently passed healthcare bill will put a further strain on resources in the field of healthcare.
This piece is not about the replacement of General McCrystal by General Petraeus after McCrystal’s sad interview with Rolling Stone magazine. It is about what is at stake for the United States and our allies in Afghanistan.
While the story is all over the news, I want to provide some details about our growing debt which should be of concern to all of us without regard to which side the political aisle we belong.
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