Author Archives: Terry Noel

About Terry Noel

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. My specialty is entrepreneurship.

To the Lifeboats! Obamacare Is Sinking!

In a shocking revelation, the White House admitted this week that the technical rollout of the Affordable Care Act was “unacceptable.” Before that, it was subject to “glitches.” In other words, a scratch on the hull of the Titanic was … Continue reading

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The Tea Party Is Alive and Ill

Like most new ideas,* libertarianism must thrive in a hostile environment. The Tea Party, once the caretaker of the infant, has been infected by the very party that should have nurtured it to strength and health. Originally, the Tea Party … Continue reading

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You’re Rich, Now Shut Up

The Supreme Court just heard arguments concerning campaign contribution limits. At issue is the aggregate total that an individual may contribute to several candidates within a certain time period. Fortunately, questions from some Justices indicate that they may be ready … Continue reading

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Who Shut Down the Government?

Terry missed his blog last week due to a family medical emergency. He is sorry that in so doing, he allowed the government to shut down. Terry promises to make everything right by issuing a really strong opinion today. __________________________________________ … Continue reading

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What Does Barack Say?

Constitutional crises are generally more weighty than silly viral videos. Not so with Barack Obama’s baffling and puerile actions in the face of the Syrian “crisis.” One wonders how the man can do himself or the country any more damage. … Continue reading

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The Right to Earn a Living

Early last year, Julie Crowe sued the city of Bloomington IL. She had not been hit by a bus. She was not injured by stepping in a manhole cover. She was not harassed by a loathsome jerk on the job. She … Continue reading

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You Owe Me

I never get ahead. Wanna know why? The system. Fat cats. Silver spoon types. You know what I’m talking about. I used to wonder if I was good enough. If I tried hard enough. Then I realized it’s not my fault. … Continue reading

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The NSA’s Collateral Damage

Why would a successful e-mail service provider shut its doors and destroy its servers with no warning whatsoever to its users? Welcome to the new surveillance state. Last Thursday, within hours of one another, Lavabit and Silent Circle shuttered operations. … Continue reading

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It’s Not My Fault!

As we age, most of us learn some hard lessons about what we can and cannot control in our lives. Friends die, children suffer, and despite our best efforts, we grow old and weak. The ones of us who make … Continue reading

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Don’t Follow the Money, Unless You Follow It All the Way

“Never get out of the boat…unless you are going all the way.” –Capt. Willard from Apocalypse Now Some people say that if you want to know the truth about something, follow the money. That is actually not bad advice, if … Continue reading

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