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“A $100 Trillion here, a $100 Trillion there, pretty soon you’re talking real money.”

I’d apologize to Everett Dirksen, but according to those who’ve actually checked, he never really said, “a billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking real money.” Some argue his actual quote was “a million here, a million there,” but … Continue reading

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America’s $100 Trillion “Capture-Management” challenge.

“America is open for business.” – President Donald Trump. News reports have it that the president’s recent trip to Davos and speech exceeded expectations. From his speech: “I’m here to deliver a simple message: There has never been a better … Continue reading

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$100 trillion? Opportunity or sinkhole? The reaction so far.

  The law of holes: “When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.” – Will Rogers As noted in a previous LOTRW post, the world’s peoples face a $100T bill coming due. That’s how much nations must spend over … Continue reading

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What will world leaders pay for a good night’s sleep? $100 Trillion over the next twenty years.

O, sleep it is a gentle thing, Beloved from pole to pole! To Mary Queen the praise be given! She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven, That slid into my soul. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient … Continue reading

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$100T, (clumsily) translated into jobs and business opportunity.

A week ago, I ran into a long-time USACE colleague in the supermarket. We started out the way people of our generation do: “I’m thinking of retirement,” he said. “I’m pushing seventy.” “I’m pulling seventy,” I replied. Then we talked … Continue reading

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Seven (Black) Swans a-swimming…

This and every Christmas, our attention eventually turns to our true love, and his/her gift of seven-swans-a-swimming (along with six geese-a-laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, and all that other kit). Here are seven Black Swans that figure in … Continue reading

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The State of the Union(‘s) Science.

In 2019, every week brings not just its own politics but also a corresponding civics lesson. For example, in the run-up to last Tuesday’s presidential address to Congress, we weren’t just reminded that Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of … Continue reading

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No science, no sustainability.

On August 26, 1999 – almost two decades ago – Allan Bromley, science advisor to George H.W. Bush from 1989-1993, contributed an op-ed to the Washington Post, entitled No Science, no Surplus. His basic point? That America’s healthy finances and … Continue reading

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The FY 2019 budget.

“The President proposes, the Congress disposes.” – old Washington, DC adage Historically, U.S. presidents haven’t always submitted budgets to the Congress. In fact, prior to 1921, formulation of the budget was a jealously guarded Congressional prerogative. But as government grew, … Continue reading

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Earthquake-Ready Nation?

As we approach the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great Tohoku earthquake and the associated tsunami, the people of Japan are not feeling particularly earthquake-ready, as discussed in this morning’s print edition of the Washington Post. Hard to … Continue reading

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