Economics usually loses to what passes for political expediency.

Interfering in the right of private businesses to conduct their affairs in their own way is a perversion of the free market system. It seems you cannot call yourself “business friendly” and then take away the decision process from businesses.

The biggest example of this is the government ban on requiring poof of vaccination on cruise ships. Both Republican Governors DeSantis and Abbot of Florida and Texas respectively have signed executive orders banning cruise lines from having such a requirement. Yet both governors claim to be pro-business.

In both states, the…


I cannot think about why COVID deniers are anything but selfish.

The absurdity now is just boring. Half of the country has decided to take leave of its senses. You can try and call being unvaccinated a choice, but the definition of choice is fluid to many. Prochoice is bad when it comes to a woman’s right to choose. Yet it is just fine when the choice is whether to be vaccinated or not. And the inconsistent thought of life being sacred is irrational if that choice endangers children too young to be vaccinated.

If your freedom to choose then…


Facts do not mean much in our country today.

In fact, they can seem a hindrance to some people. When you only believe what you want and ignore all else that does not correspond to your belief system, then right and wrong and truth and falsehood hold very little meaning to you. Minds will not be changed. So why argue.

We have come to a very dangerous place when politicians overstep and make the disregard of scientific and all facts a litmus test for loyalty. It seems the wilder the accusation, the less connection to reality is needed. We are…


Physicians tend to the welfare of their patients. Their prime directive during treatment of those in their care is to first do no wrong. Government should follow the same admonition when it comes to the economy. In both instances, it is harder than it looks.

Doctors know that their intervention may result in great harm to a patient, so they proceed carefully. When government takes an action, it can have an effect that can cause a problem for an entire city, nation, or the world. Therefore, it isn’t a bad thing when government acts cautiously. …


Elected officials pretend that they want the “real” American history taught in schools.

They then do everything possible to make sure that it is only their brand of history. Yet, facts are facts and trying to put a political slant on them shows how insincere their desire really is. In educating our children, there should be no hiding the truth. And truth is not open to alternate interpretations.

One of these truths is that 70% of the Declaration of Independence signers were slave holders including Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia and John Hancock of Boston. …


Music has a way of defining the events and times of one’s life.

The meanings we give to those tunes that were popular during different periods become more important than the song itself…what was going on behind the lyric. And the younger and more impressionable someone is, the greater the significance. This was quite a regular occurrence for me in the late 1960s and early 1970s with rock music.

It was a chaotic time in the U.S. There were assassinations, race and anti-war riots, drugs being used by all classes of society, and a sexual revolution. …


What happens when voters are looking for a consistent political philosophy in their leaders but cannot find one?

That is something that began nagging at me about a decade ago and still does today. Nothing about having a political philosophy and then applying it consistently across the board is easy. We all have expressed the feeling of “there ought to be a law against that.” Yet to pass such a law sometimes would be anathema to the very heart of how we believe government should operate.

For instance, last session the Florida Legislature passed a bill that was signed into…


What do Biden’s expanded infrastructure proposal, unemployment benefits, immigration, mortality rate, and the birth rate all have in common with filling low paying jobs?

Aspects of each of these helps explain why there is a shortage of workers willing to take jobs for pre-pandemic pay. The first is immigration. All immigration both with and without government permission is down.

Earlier this century and for most of the 20th century, the immigrants crossing the southern border without permission were mostly men looking for work. …


We hear that the crime is out of control, especially in U.S. cities and that we are back in bad old days of the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. It is not that bad…yet.

I lived and worked in New York City during that period. At times it felt as though we lived in a war zone. For most of that period, I resided in Queens and my office was in mid-town Manhattan. One evening on my commute home, I was standing on a packed subway car reading, one guy came pushing his way through the crowd with a gun…


The Democrats have ambitious new plans. If they ever become law, America will not be the same place. I believe that we will wonder how the county ever existed without these new programs (if passed) like the way people now feel about the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, and Medicare.

From universal childcare and VPK to guaranteed family leave and internet access, it is about time that Americans receive the same social safety net that is so common in the rest of the developed world. The key to these types of programs being accepted by Americans is that they are…

Thomas F Campenni

Currently lives in Stuart Florida and former City Commissioner. His career has been as a commercial real estate owner, broker and manger in New York City.

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