“AS YOUNG PEOPLE make decisions about which jobs to pursue, I always tell them that learning is more important than initial compensation. They can’t afford not to learn.” That advice comes from Hank Paulson, former secretary of the Treasury.

Beth Ford, Land O’ Lakes CEO, offered this bit of wisdom. “I think you have to work for money in order to understand its value. My advice to this generation of young adults would be to get started developing their work ethic even before they start their careers.”

When Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California, he liked to tell his liberal-socialist friends “You can’t love jobs and hate the people who create them.” Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat president, thought this was a tenet of faith.

Over the years, Democrats have changed their beliefs to “We support economic growth, provided it’s driven by government programs.”

In describing the disparity in the current judicial system, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has repeated the observation “It is better to be rich and guilty than innocent and poor.”



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FOLLOWING ARE A few clips taken from various sources over the past month. The files need to be cleaned out once and a while.

Something just doesn’t seem right these days. What can the American people expect from their government when the two sides have no intention of cooperating and allowing any movement or progress.

In Wisconsin, about 11 months ago, the Republican-controlled Legislature used lame-duck session laws and rule changes to create stalemates for the incoming Democrat governor. The whole idea was to block, disrupt and make it nearly impossible for any action or progress to be made, resulting in gridlock.

Drastic changes often come with consequences. As America converts from gasoline (fossil fuel)-powered vehicles to electric cars, that will mean state and federal governments will lose increasing amounts of gasoline tax revenues.

Those tax revenues are used to build and repair roads, highways and bridges. Where will politicians turn to replace that tax revenue? Instead of a user tax, the tax revenue may start coming from sources that include people who don’t use the roads and highways.

No one fix works for every state. Some states are considering a fee for each mile driven by an electric vehicle owner; maybe using GPS technology? Other state legislatures are looking at an annual fee of $200 to $400 per vehicle to replace the lost gasoline tax revenue. What about interstate highways and bridges?

Governments also may have to subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles. How much are green-energy supporters willing to pay to make up the differences?



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GOVERNMENTS FACE a few challenges as the population ages. In the United States, the personal income tax furnishes some 34% of overall government revenues each year. And payroll taxes on wages provide a further 23% of revenues.

These generational fiscal realities present today’s baby boomers a stark choice. Every choice will be costly. Will they make the tough choices?

They can do it by reforming the programs to reduce their benefit checks, which they earned and were promised, to an affordable level or they can roll over and accept the sort of left-wing, European-style taxation they claim to hate, like value-added taxes on consumption.

Here’s what conservatives fear. The Democratic field of presidential candidates is dominated by academics, attorneys and activists. What is missing are aspirants with common sense business experience.

Candidates such as John Hickenlooper, Mike Bennet and John Delaney — who were unwilling to embrace the liberal base of the Democratic Party — were unable to gain traction in the early going. They wanted to know “How would the agenda be paid for?”

They lost out to the candidates who proposed eliminating private health insurance, making college free, forgiving student loan debt, imposing a new wealth tax on successful Americans, cutting dependence on fossil fuels and providing health care for every man, woman and child whether they contribute anything for it.



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“YOU MAY KNOW that penicillin was discovered by the Scottish physician Alexander Fleming in 1928, a landmark event in the history of medicine,” wrote John Browne in his book “Make, Think, Imagine;” a tribute to engineers.

Because it was difficult to extract penicillin from the mold that generated it, just one person was treated with the drug in the first 14 years after the discovery. Only after American engineers turned their attention to the problem could penicillin be produced in industrial quantities.

As a result, more than 2 million doses were available for the Allied forces by D-Day in 1944. Most of the doses were generated from a converted ice factory in Brooklyn, N.Y., using a commercial process designed by chemical engineer Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau.

Browne believed creative engineers are at the heart of all human progress.