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Thomas Flake
Serial entrepreneur with four kids and a serious addiciton to the outdoors.
Interests: Business Development, Solving environmental issues utilizing free market solutions, Investing, Fitness (weight lifting, swimming, running, martial arts), Outdoor Extreme Activities (rock climbing, whitewater rafting), Philosophy (Research into where technology is taking us)
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Rick, It isn't that "...that not long ago, I might've said the very same thing had circumstances availed the opportunity." In fact, you did say things very like what conservatives are saying today with regard to the Pope and the economy/environment when I penned "The Immorality of Christians" on your site. I encourage you to go back and re-read your response. Perhaps it is that you are simply more enlightened today. Regardless, I think you may find it eye opening how far you have come my friend. Tom
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2015 on “Tired of the pope.” at Brutally Honest
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Hi Tim, When you say, "Of course Obama and his Republicans friends will make sure gas pricing don't stay cheap by imposing more taxes." I suppose they could tax gasoline at the pump, but I don't see the political will to do that. I don't see the newly elected Republican majority having an appetite to raise taxes. What you say about Obamacare is true. Interestingly it isn't clear what happens to productivity when 30MM residents have improved access to healthcare. Logic would indicate that there would be net improvement in productivity it is simply unclear by how much. Here's the thing, I wouldn't necessarily agree that we shouldn't raise taxes If and Only If the increased revenue were used to pay down the debt. I believe that is the moral imperative of our time. With 18 Trillion+ in debt, we currently pay $240 BB per year in interest...What if we had no debt? What could the surplus be used for. It is about $800 per year for every man woman and child...stolen from our children. So one rational response to keep the economy from overheating in the scenario I've forecast is to increase taxes. Better to pay down the national debt and reduce the burden we are leaving our children than to willy / nilly allow the negative effects of a strong dollar and huge inflation. Certainly better that than to have the Fed collect it in increased interest payments. But historically fiscal policy and monetary policy are at odds so I realize this is fantasy. What will happend is the government won't take action, the Fed won't take sufficient action soon enough and we will be faced with significant wage inflation AND an overly valuable dollar. Which are two things that shouldn't co-exist but I think will. This will cause rotation out of export producing industries and rotation into domestic consumption producing industries. Don't believe me? Check out what happened to US Steel in the stock market today. They are getting hammered because of a strong dollar. You should think about shorting Caterpillar because the strong dollar will make it impossible for them to compete against Komatsu.
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An 8 step plan toward higher employment By Tom Flake - Wednesday, August 31, 2011 I announced about a month ago on Brutally Honest that I was running for President on Votocracy and I could still use your support. But... Continue reading
"We regretfully report the death of your country" By Tom Flake - Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Mr. and Mrs. American, We regretfully report the death of your country. It happened on 8/2/2011. The cause of death was economic murder. It... Continue reading
"There is a workable plan for fixing much of what ails the economy" By Tom Flake - Wednesday, July 06, 2011 Long time readers will note that my positions are not normally taken without research taken from primary documents and... Continue reading
What they are doing to you (-or-) Why I wouldn't hire these guys to negotiate for a ham sandwichBy Tom Flake June 3, 2011Yesterday House Speaker John Boehner spoke about the Republican position on raising the debt ceiling. The position... Continue reading
"How many illegal aliens are within five miles of the REAL West Point?"By Tom Flake May 9,2011In a previous post I mentioned that it struck me that the Obama administration was managing public perception in a way that reminded me... Continue reading
"I am running for president..."By Tom Flake There is currently an experiment in Social Media going on at . It is a mock election with real world implications. I'd like to ask for your support.I am running for president... Continue reading
"I am running for president..."By Tom Flake There is currently an experiment in Social Media going on at . It is a mock election with real world implications. I'd like to ask for your support.I am running for president... Continue reading
The New Name for HoovervilleBy Tom FlakeOccupy Wall Street is now entering its third week and showing no signs of weakening. In fact, as the unions attempt to co-opt the movement for their own ends, it may in fact strengthen... Continue reading
Thursday, May 05, 2011 "Now Back to Reality" By Tom Flake Osama Bin Ladin is dead. I am relieved. Someone who wanted to kill me and my way of life has assumed room temperature and we should at least take... Continue reading
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 This Fight for America's Soul Must Occur Now By Tom Flake If we are going to do anything about the crushing debt we are leaving our children and grandchildren, why are we accepting Boehner's boner? The... Continue reading
Tuesday, April 12, 2011"A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"By Tom FlakeHere we are two years into President Barak Obama's administration and I have to admit as I searched for an analogy, or metaphor... Continue reading
Friday, March 11, 2011"Enough oil to COMPLETELY REPLACE all imports"By Tom FlakeMy mother recently forwarded me one of those emails that make the rounds either offering some amazing discovery or incredible wealth creation by working with someone in Nigeria. In... Continue reading
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Today the Dow dropped 165 points. This was 1.48% of its value. Did it even register on your consciousness? Did you ask yourself why your retirement was today worth less than yesterday? The Dow has had... Continue reading