Many people write or speak to tell us what we should think. Some want to be believed because they are experts, or think they are. Some want to be believed because they claim to speak for us. Some have had revelations. Others want us to trust them because they communicate through prominent media outlets. Many tell us what we should think. I write to encourage my readers to think for themselves. I write to ask you to inquire. Question me. Have fun.

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The Editorial Board should have no opinion

Jul 11, 2020

The WSJ Editorial Board expressed its opinion about the case of Michael Flynn. It does not matter what they said; in my book, the Editorial Board should have no opinion on any topic. Editorial boards’ job is not to lecture, but to facilitate views from individuals who can present valid arguments. The Editorial Board's job at the WSJ is to guarantee to me, a subscriber, that the different opinions presented are fact-checked. I pay a subscription for the WSJ because I do not have the time nor the means to fact-check whatever is written and posted on the internet. I do not pay for the subscription to be brainwashed by whatever the self-anointed authority of the Editorial Board believes is right. I can make my judgment based on the facts and their interpretation by other individuals.

More parenting is needed
Aug 01, 2019
Peter Gray in Psychology Today advises for less parenting. The problem is exactly the opposite: There is not enough parenting. In the past, when most of our ancestors lived in self-supporting households, often a farm, out of necessity, children were an integral part of whatever adults needed to do during their daily life, and they learned that way. Now, we do not need to do as much at home. Work is outside the home, food is brought in, heat is turned on and off, and mysteriously magical, colorful screens are the center of most activities. If we leave children free to explore what they find the most attractive, they will play video games. There might be some educational value in it, but one needs to learn much more. Hence, we need more effort in parenting, with parents doing more in the home than is otherwise required, and spending more time with children outside in order to introduce them to the real world. This realization hit home after I witnessed the surprise of a 7-year old seeing apples on my apple tree.
Less fight more work
Jul 30, 2017

The fight over Obamacare repeal is over, at least for now. The GOP can start to work on a new proposal that each of us can look at it, and then compare how my particular health care solution would play in it, as compared to Obamacare. In a television interview, HHS Secretary Tom Price said that Obamacare “may be working for Washington, it may be working for insurance companies, but it’s not working for patients.” Maybe it is time to consider patients’ involvement in the preparation of an Obamacare alternative? It could be that Obamacare repeal failed just because it has been prepared by Washington with consultation from insurance companies. Let us start with addressing 19 health care issues that politicians avoid talking about.

How to pay for the wall?
Apr 04, 2017

If you want to build the wall, pay for it with your own money. How much of your own money are you willing to donate? Trump received 62,979,879 votes. If each of Trump’s supporters voluntarily donates at least $1,000, which corresponds to about $42 per month for the next two years, and if we encourage those who are more affluent to double their donations, then Trump can have on hand about $100 billion, which may suffice for a substantial piece of the wall. Hence, all of you who are talking loudly about spending my money on building this wall, stay away from my wallet, but open your own wallet and send money to the “Build the Wall Fund.” Put your money where your mouth is.

What is wrong with Russia?
Dec 22, 2015

It appears that Russian leaders cannot free themselves from the medieval concept of regional influence, where weaker neighbors were subdued into becoming serf states. Is anyone capable of explaining to them that in these times of a global economy, any influence comes from economic strength? Russia, thanks to its size, natural resources and well-educated labor force, has everything that it takes to maintain a dominant position in the region, just by maintaining free trade with all its neighbors. It can do so without military interventions in Georgia and in Ukraine. Russia has everything that it takes to be a respected wealthier neighbor, to whom everyone in the region would turn for help when needed. Instead, it is a bully and a hooligan. It would take so little to change that. But it is so hard for Russia to do it. 

Closed mind for closed borders
Nov 19, 2015

Known to some as a libertarian, Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr. speaks against open borders. His argument is that it is an infraction against private property. He misses the point that most people migrate just because Mr. Rockwell’s neighbors want them on their private property – for picking apples, washing the dishes or writing a computer code. Then, Mr. Rockwell wrongly laments that those foreigners invited by his neighbors violate his private property rights by loitering in the public spaces that he frequents. He wants the government to deny the rights of his neighbors to do on their private property whatever they wish, so he will not need to face immigrants in the public spaces. Mr. Rockwell left the train called “liberty” at the station called “xenophobia.”    

They do not know…
Sep 14, 2015

Mr. Trump says: “A lot of what I’m doing is by instinct.” I prefer that our President would make decisions based on systematic due diligence. The instinct that guides Mr. Trump in his professional life arrives from his vast experience, starting when he was growing up under the mentoring of his successful father, followed by a solid education and years of practice. Mr. Trump's confidence is misguiding, as it gives his supporters the illusion that someone who mastered real estate dealing can be equally skillful as President. It is similar to the illusion surrounding Dr. Carson, that he can be as good a President as he is a brain surgeon. If both gentlemen were humbler, they would realize that they qualify to be President equally as much as Mr. Trump qualifies to conduct brain surgeries and Dr. Carson to run Mr. Trump’s real estate empire. The problem is not that they do not know many things they should; the problem is that they do not realize that.

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We need a new immigration policy

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Roberta Jacobson, the President’s coordinator for the southern border, is in hot water. We have a spike in illegal border crossings by unaccompanied minors. Adherents of the previous administration blame it on Biden’s reversal of the former merciless policies. The chart in the Wall Street Journal shows that during the Trump years, we experienced similar waves as well. It means that the problem is with our policy, not whether it is executed with cruelty or with soft gloves. Neither former President Trump nor President Biden has understood that.  

Both sides of the political spectrum lack the imagination to comprehend why we have ongoing massive illegal border crossings. During the press briefing on March 10, Ms. Jacobson tried to convince us that the smugglers are the culprits because they misinform disoriented people south of the border. This argument is just as convincing and fact-based as the claims by the opposite side that George Soros is financing caravans of aspiring illegal immigrants.

There is a simple explanation for why these kids arrive. If frustrated with miseries in their mother countries, foreigners decide to try their luck in America – they cannot do it legally. There is no protocol for applying, there is no form to fill out, and there is no place to submit it. Our existing immigration policy does not have this option. The unwritten rule of our immigration law is that no one is welcome. As that is obvious nonsense – there are multiple exemptions for family members, specialty workers, and a myriad of other reasons that lobbyists have added. Most potential migrants do not fall into these categories, or even if they do, the time and cost of the requisite legal hassle are beyond their reach.

The simplest way of getting a shot at the American dream is by coming here in any way possible, getting a job, avoiding trouble, and making enough money to pay lawyers to legalize one’s status. Everyone knows it, except American politicians and pundits, regardless of whether they call themselves liberals or conservatives. It is beyond their imagination that illegal immigration is a logical outcome of our immigration policy. The side effect of this situation is that we have compatriots who were brought here illegally as children. We educated them, and often the United States is the only country they know but, formally, they are illegal here. DACA is a temporary relief for some of them.

Public opinion is in favor of legalizing at least this group of illegal immigrants. Logically, people from Latin America see bringing children as the easiest way to get legal status. Wisely, they take advantage of the temporary softening of border crossing enforcement and send as many kids as they can manage. They probably did not read the full text of the U.S. Citizenship Act, but they know that Ms. Jacobson is lying, promising “a new vision of immigration.” It is not there. Ms. Jacobson dares to offend these people, claiming that smugglers influence them to act irrationally. To make things worse, the current administration asks for $4 billion of our money to spread their baloney message down there.

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The U.S. Citizenship Act proposal focuses on mitigating the consequences of the faults in our immigration system instead of eliminating them. It is an upside-down approach. First, we need a new policy with easy-to-understand legal immigration rules that guarantee as many foreign workers as our economy needs. Then, we can look at how to fix the problems of the past. 

Let Democrats prepare their ideal immigration policy concept and let Republicans do the same. Let them convince us of their visions. Some may say that with our deep political divisions, such a plan will go nowhere. I disagree. On immigration, both Democrats and Republicans put their dogma above facts and logic. Ideologically split, they are united in their incompetence. When Americans see that, fixing our immigration system will be easy.

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About me

I was born in 1951 in Gdansk, Poland.
Since my high school years, I have interest in politics and love for writing. During my college years, I started writing to student papers and soon became a freelance author to major Polish political magazines.

In 1980 I wrote a book “Czy w Polsce może być lepiej?” (“Could it be better in Poland?” – this book is available only in Polish) analyzing major problems in Poland at the time and outlining possible solutions.

I was among those Polish political writers who by their writings contributed to the peaceful system transformation that finally took place in 1989. Since 1985, I have lived in the Chicago area. I went through the hard times typical of many immigrants. Working in the service business, I have seen the best and the worst places, I met the poorest and the richest. I have seen and experienced America not known to most of the politicians, business people, and other political writers. For eleven years, I ran my own company. Presently, I am an independent consultant.

My political writing comes out of necessity. I write when I see that the prevailing voices on the political arena are misleading or erroneous. Abstract mathematics and control theory (of complex technological processes) strongly influenced my understanding of social phenomena. In the past, my opponents rebuked my mathematical mind as cold, soulless, and inhuman. On a few occasions, I was prized for my engineer’s precision and logic.

I have a master’s degree in electronic engineering with a specialization in mathematical machines from Politechnika Gdańska (Technical University of Gdansk).

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