On Monday, The NY Times published an article by its economics reporter Catherine Rampell:

The article is titled:

"‘Made in China,’ but Still Profiting Americans."

Now, anyone who's read either this article of mine or this article of mine knows I'm unlikely to agree with the claim that America profits from products made in China.

So, as I began to read Catherine's article, I was dying to find out exactly how she believes America profits from imported Chinese goods!

Catherine writes:

Today, The NY Times published an article by Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and author of the book 13 Bankers.

The article is titled "A Second Great Depression, or Worse?"

After reading what he wrote, it would be an understatement to say I'm shocked!

Looks like I'll have to add more room to my Logic's 'Liars' list!

And what a coup this is...the former chief economist of the IMF!

I had another "A-Ha!" moment today!

I love these moments!  I suddenly think of an explanation for some type of behavior or activity, an explanation that I've never heard anyone else mention!

These are exciting for me, because "A-Ha!" moments can lead people toward solving the world's problems!

It was after reading the following article that I had my "A-Ha!" moment:

Please note:  The following article was written for the main site among my sister sites:  www.NoSuchThingAsAnOpinion.com.

Today marks the one month mark for my site!  (Prior to that, my sister site published articles since November 2010, but neither of the sites published daily until June 2011).

I thought this would be an appropriate time to look back at the first month's readership figures!

Today, CNN published an article written by Contributor Ruben Navarrette Jr.

After reading it, I'm shocked:  I agree with much of what Ruben has written!

I didn't expect that at all!

Why am I surprised that I would agree with him?

On Tuesday, CNBC reported:

"The US credit rating would be even worse than its recent downgrade from Standard & Poor's if the nation was judged as a private company, banking analyst Dick Bove told CNBC Tuesday.

Speaking amid the hotly contested debate over whether the US should have lost its coveted triple-A rating in favor of the new Double-A plus, Bove said the US balance sheet and the burdensome national debt tell a clear story."

You've got a company which is losing about $1.4 trillion this year, probably will lose somewhere around a trillion dollars over the next couple of years. It owes $14.4 trillion (and) over the next five years that will get up to $20 trillion," the Rochdale Securities analyst said.

"So there's no likelihood whatsoever that this particular company is able to pay down from its own resources the amount of debt that it has, nor is there any likelihood that it's going to get rid of its deficit," he added. "If that was a real company, of course, that would be a junk bond."

Before I critique his argument, let me be clear:

I rarely write articles about celebrities.  In fact, I believe I've written only one.

This will be the second.


I realize that my headline is alarming.  If it's even possible to be more alarmed, after today's events!


I've created a series of articles highlighting several passionate, revealing and lengthy debates I've had with readers.

This article was the first article in the series.

Below is a selection of excerpts from more debates.   Just enough excerpts to give you a feel for the intensity and intelligence level of the particular debate!


I've had several passionate, revealing and lengthy debates with several readers.

Below is a selection of a series of excerpts from two of those debates.   They should give you a feel for the intensity and intelligence level of the particular debate!