Robert McDowell

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America needs to abolish the IRS and implement the Fair Tax


Some time ago there was a story in the Tulsa daily paper that was headlined: “Report: IRS refunded $4B to ID thieves.” This caught my eye, but the sub-heading went on to say: “Some of the fraudulent tax refunds went to addresses in other countries last year.” Writer credit was given to Stephen Ohlemacher of […]

Veterans Day (Nov. 11) is a great reminder, especially for children


This year the official observation of Veterans Day, in the beginning after World War I called Armistice Day, falls on Wednesday. Unlike most of the official U.S. holidays, Veterans Day (like Independence Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) falls on a certain date in the month.  It does confuse many people of advanced age […]

A new life resumed following the conclusion of World War II


World War II actually began in September 1939 when the forces of Nazi Germany began a ‘surprise’ invasion of Poland.  It stands clear in my memory because my parents had sailed just days before from Europe to return home from a several months  long business trip. Letters from Mother had remarked about the several times […]

Concerns arise about what will happen in November of 2016


Now that we have passed the halfway point in 2015, it seems time to split our attention to the next 12 months until November 8, 2016, when ballots will, hopefully, be cast throughout the United States to elect the next president. Given the record of ignoring existing laws and practices of the PRESBO Administration and […]

Minority protests by Muslims are not very worthwhile in substance


Frankly, it is offensive to me to hear from and read about some self-appointed leaders of these “minority groups” rant and rave about how it is so terrible what some of the Republican presidential candidates have said about them – particularly the way they manage to misrepresent and falsely state what the speaker has said. […]

Removing the 10 Commandments in the night was a genuine shock


It was a shock to me to hear on the radio news on October 6 that during the night, reportedly at 10:30 p.m., crews with Highway Patrol guards moved onto the grounds of the State Capitol and removed a granite monument showing the Ten Commandments. The reported reason for the sneaky night removal was to […]

The news about political action committee money is inaccurate


As was stated several decades ago (former California State Treasurer Jesse M. Unruh in 1966), “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” It seems unfortunate that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Super PACs can receive unlimited amount per donation and make unlimited amounts to candidates, or spend same on their behalf.  As […]

Our government does not really care about international business


A short while ago my attention was grabbed by a story in the daily Tulsa paper that bore the headline: “Crude oil trade with Mexico approved.” The byline credit was to Josh Lederman of the Associated Press.  It also carried a sub-headline of “U.S. energy industry applauds the White House’s decision.” The gist of the […]

Mine spill shows the arrogance of the Environmental Protection Agency


In August, we received news reports about a “massive” spill of highly toxic liquids from an abandoned mine on the Western Slope of Colorado as a result of a “mistake” by a manager of a group charged with cleaning up the site of an old silver mine. It seems that in typical form, government employees […]

The party primary system for the Republicans could be improved


It seems that we are now well into the campaign for the 2016 general election, where a president, vice-president, one third of the U.S. Senate, and all of the 435 House members will be selected by ballot from nominees, also selected by ballot. In addition in Oklahoma, there will be one member of the Corporation […]