Author Archives: Richard John Stapleton

The greater the power, the greater the greed

Many, probably most, human beings are inherently selfish, greedy and grasping, whether acting individually or in groups such as families, businesses, governments, economies or religions. Continue reading

Why the US Supreme Court should legalize LGBT marriages

Here is a quote from page 576 of my book, Business Voyages: Mental Maps, Scripts, Schemata and Tools for Discovering and Co-Constructing Your Own Business Worlds, a business bible for people who want to do the right thing for all people: Continue reading

The Gramm-Leach-Biley Act, the most disastrous economic act of the 20th century

The Crash of 2008 was not caused by irrational exuberance, as Alan Greenspan euphemistically put it, but by greed, cunning and ambition, held in check since 1935 by the Glass-Steagall Act, which was unleashed when President Bill Clinton signed the Gramm-Leach-Biley Act of 1999. Continue reading

Would it be fair to restore the tax rates of big business and the rich back to their 1980 levels?

This question is one of the most relevant questions that could be posed to US citizens and their elected representatives, which, if answered correctly, could possibly restore the fiscal health and happiness of the US. Continue reading

A Democratic Town Hall meeting in the Deep South

I attended a Town Hall meeting last Thursday, from 3-4 p.m., in Statesboro, Georgia, sponsored and conducted by our Democratic US Representative John Barrow. He is a blue dog Democrat, a lawyer in his forties or fifties, who votes and talks like a Republican. Continue reading

Let’s not fiddle while Rome burns

Having voted for Obama, I was surprised when he came up with his my2k idea as a Christmas gift for middle and lower class US citizens in the last week or so, basically a red herring in my opinion, focusing on saving $2,000 or so per middle class family in 2013 by not falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, requiring cutting a deal around Christmas time with John Boehner and his grim unmerry band of know nothing Republican tea party Grinches in the House, who are determined to make the poor suffer if their rich Scrooge-like sugar daddies in the upper class have to pay a penny more in taxes, shamelessly violating, so they seem to think, the gift their Santa Claus lobbyist, Grover Norquist, gave to them to sign on a snowy night before their cheery fireplaces, a pledge never to increase the taxes of the elite rich for any reason, to receive wonderful Christmas presents from the elite rich every Christmas. Continue reading

A Christmas story about the US fiscal cliff

The largest headline on page 1 of today’s (December 4, 2012) Statesboro (Georgia) Herald, here in the Bible Belt, reads “GOP Issues New ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Offer.” Continue reading

Comprehending the US presidential debates

Is Romney winning in the 8th round?

The presidential debates with Obama and Romney having debated twice and Biden and Ryan having debated once, as of this writing October 19, 2012, show how difficult it is for humans to comprehend the political worlds in which they live. Continue reading

Voting: Duty, privilege or right?

Representative democracy has no legitimacy if it only represents the interests of large corporations and the elite rich. Continue reading