Some Common Cents for December 30th, 2016

happy-new-year-2017-wallpaper_16We will undoubtedly remember 2016 as one of the more confounding, frustrating, and tumultuous years in our nation’s peacetime history. I think it fair to say most of us, if not all, felt some measure of significant angst, if not disillusionment, at some point over the last 12 months. I would further argue, when taken as a whole, most of us will be happy to see 2016 in the rearview mirror, regardless of any personal successes we might have had along the way.

One of the things I am most saddened about is Thomas Sowell’s retirement from his syndicated column. I was a huge fan, and have read any number of his books. His work Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy is the only ‘business’ book I consistently recommend without reservation or qualification.

What was strange about his retirement was I didn’t see it coming. He had written a “Random Thoughts” column only the day prior to his last, and off cycle, one. The former wasn’t one of his best, as he came across somewhat surly and curmudgeonly. Here are a few excerpts: …Read More…

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