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The blog 'Breaking Bread' is for a civil general discussion, like you might have at the dinner table with guests. The posts 'Economics Without the B.S.' are intended for a general audience that wouldn't have to know the difference between a Phillips Curve, a Laffer Curve, or a Cole Hamels Curve. Vic Volpe was formally educated at Penn State and the University of Scranton, with major studies in History, Economics and Finance, and Business; and, is self-educated since by way of books and on-line university courses. His practical education came from fifty years of work experience in the blue-collar trades as well as a white-collar professional career -- a white-collar professional career in production and R&D. In his professional career and as a long-haul trucker, he has traveled throughout the lower forty-eight. From his professional career alone he has visited many manufacturing plants in the United States, Europe and China. He has lived in major metropolitan areas and very small towns in various parts of the United States. He served three years with the U.S. Army as an enlisted man, much of that time in Germany.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Challenge Me!

Economics Without The B.S.**:

[**  Double entendre intended.]

Generation of the '60's: Challenge Me!

For a '60's Generation (of followers, not leaders; but, who worked for inspirational leaders) that is out of work, listening to today's leadership, let's take a look back at what we can do.

1957 -- Russians launch Sputnik -- before the U.S. can get a satellite in orbit...or a rocket off the ground ----

April 12, 1961 -- Russians send Yuri Gagarin into orbital flight, before the U.S.
Several weeks later, May 5, 1961 -- Alan Shepard becomes the first American into space, on just a sub-orbital flight.
Just a couple of weeks later, on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy, before a Joint Session of Congress and before the Nation and World, announces that we are going to the Moon!

President Kennedy's address in Houston, Texas, September 12, 1962 (a year and half after the speech to Congress) -- why we are going to the Moon.

November 1962 -- President Kennedy tells his NASA administrator why we are going to the Moon.  Does the NASA administrator, James Webb, sound convinced that we will be on the Moon by the end of the decade?

July 20, 1969 -- Neil Armstrong, with Apollo 11, lands on the Moon.
1971 -- Alan Shepard, ten years after his sub-orbital flight, is hitting golf balls on the Moon.

What have you done lately?
Give me a challenge.  Into the unknown.  And watch what I can do.
When is the last time you saw a scientific achievement, in bold headlines, on the front page of your newspaper?

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