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Needed: More independent contractors

By Tom Purcell
If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar. Maybe I better explain. In addition to writing this weekly column, I provide professional copywriting services to a variety of organizations. If they like my work, they give me …

Criticizing Obama: Too late, not too little

By Tom Purcell
I’m starting to feel bad for President Obama, if you want to know the truth. His poll numbers are so low — an IBD/TIPP poll indicates that 53 percent of adults in the United States now characterize Obama’s presidency as …

What women want ...

By Tom Purcell
Boy, are the folks at the syndicated game show “Jeopardy” in trouble after introducing a new category: “What Do Women Want.” In one prompt, Alex Trebek gave contestants these clues: “Some help around the house; would it kill you to …

Religion & morality

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Religious and nonreligious people are equally prone to immoral acts. So finds a new study by Saint Peter’s University, which I read about in Science magazine. Daniel Wisneski and Wilhelm Hofmann, the study’s lead authors, recruited 1,252 adults …

Home cooking as burden: Hard to swallow

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Home-cooked family meals are tyrannical. So suggests Slate blogger Amanda Marcotte. Marcotte says that a study by North Carolina State University sociologists Sarah Bowen, Sinikka Elliott and Joslyn Brenton finds that “the stress that cooking puts on people, …

Obama learns of Pearl Harbor

By Tom Purcell
Dec. 7, 1941: An aide enters the Oval Office with grim news for President Barack Obama. “Mr. President, the Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor! We have sustained severe damage to our naval and military forces. More than 2,400 Americans are …

Hovering over college kids

By Tom Purcell
Ah, college is back in session — which means, says The Washington Post, that “helicopter parents” are in full flight. Helicopter parents, says The Post, are parents who have “watched their (childrens’) every move, checked their grades online hourly, advocated …

The taste of government control

By Tom Purcell
They’re going to have to get used to it. I speak of the school students who are complaining about the taste of their government-funded school grub. As part of the 2010 National School Lunch Program, you see, school districts that …

It’s good to have things to get done

By Tom Purcell
Did you ever have a week in which you had an impossible amount of work to complete, yet somehow got it done? Likewise, did you ever have a week in which you knew your workload would be light, so you …

A matter of time wasted

By Tom Purcell
It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused. I refer to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which provided government employees the opportunity to do their jobs from home. Teleworking is generally a good concept. …

Expect less, be happy

By Tom Purcell
Get this: Low expectations are the key to happiness. That was one of the findings of a happiness study recently conducted by researchers at University College London. Researchers used a magnetic resonance imaging machine to monitor brain activity as they …

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