I was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1956, graduated from Lewis University in 1979 with a degree in Economics and the University of Arizona in 1980 with an M.B.A. I worked for IBM for 5 years and then Raytheon for 29 years. I've been married to the same wonderful woman for 27 years and have two fantastic daughters. During this time entire time I've been refining my ideas about economic policy and government. Everything I've observed has made me an economic conservative, but socially more middle of the road.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've probably been writing this book in my mind for my entire life, but it really came together in the last year. I actually had a dream that pictured that economy as a giant passenger train with the fuel coming from all the passengers ideas. And with extra cars filled with rocks constantly being loaded onto the train. The rocks are added every time we create more regulations, allow crony capitalism to happen or over spend and over tax our people. The people keep coming up with new ideas that will make the train speed forward, but the regulations, etc keep adding extra weight and slowing it down. I eventually came to realize that trains are a little old fashioned and changed it into a magical cruise ship.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I know that economics tends to be a rather boring topic, and very few people willingly read books on the topic unless they are forced to in school. But I'm not a PhD economist. So I try to write in a manner that is easy and kind of fun to read while still making the important points. Our nation's future is dependent on our economic success. If people don't understand economics and what it takes for our economy to grow, they will vote for politicians that pander to their short term wants and our nation will inevitably face a long period of decline. Along with it, fewer people will have opportunities to improve themselves. I write because I strongly believe that our free market economy is humanity's greatest invention ever. We need to do whatever it takes to keep it healthy.
This book uses examples and stories to simplify and explain the most pressing economic issue of our time. Why is the growth rate of our economy since the great recession of 2008 far lower than after any other recession since the end of World War II. We are allowing high taxes, over regulation and crony capitalism to drag down the natural growth rate of our economy.