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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Parents are the Primary Teachers

BY DOMENICK J. MAGLIO, PHD. Traditional Realist

A child’s education begins at home. Functional parents naturally provide role modeling that is fertile ground for the child’s moral, emotional social and educational development.  Children spontaneously imitate speech patterns, vocabulary, thinking and the value of continual learning of the parent. 

In the past families was a cohesive group that did almost everything together. Sitting down to meals, working around the house, recreation, visiting relatives, church attendance were practically rituals for the family.  It was the most important social unit in society.

Modern parents are often AWOL in crucial areas. Although parents work hard chauffeuring their children to extra curricular activities they miss the exposure to many of the child’s important behaviors.  Infants are often left in centers to be cared for by “professional” strangers. The majority of parents enroll their children in preschools instead of keeping them at home. Both parents often work long hours and are lucky to spend a few quality moments with their child.

Many parents take for granted the school is educating their child. This can turn into an educational disaster that can threaten the child’s abilities and opportunities to succeed later in life. Parents are the primary teachers. The abdicating of this responsibility is dangerous to society.

Parents are so preoccupied with their own careers that they assume their child is doing well in school since the report cards from early elementary normally indicate he is an A-B student. Often he is granted Honor Roll status. The child usually is a compliant child who stays out of any trouble at home and in school. 

This typical child’s academic, social and emotional issues are not being adequately addressed. Eventually in the transition to middle school or after a comprehensive state exam the parent becomes aware of a significant two-year or more deficit in one or several academic areas.  These problems prompt them to put the child in another classroom setting or school to avoid the stigma of being labeled or held back a grade.

Then reality hits them hard, the mother’s tears flow and the child realizes that his inflated grades can no longer hide the truth. The child does not know simple math no less algebra and/or is unable to write a coherent paragraph.  The student and parents are crushed knowing their options are not going to correct the errors of the past without a lot of work and pain.

Students being held back or labeled are only the tips of the icebergs. Both the parents and student have to accept they have been delusional. The child has to accept a drastic change in behavior and thinking to have a chance to rehabilitate himself as a student. The parents have to restructure their lives to make a total commitment to assist the child in filling in his academic and work ethic gaps. 

These incidents can be drastically reduced if parents would take the time to observe the child’s initiative, work habits and become aware of what the child actually knows. Reading the child’s reports and essays as well as reviewing math tests enables the parent to evaluate the child’s knowledge. Through daily monitoring and questioning the parents must maintain awareness of what the child is learning. There is no excuse for the parents not assessing their child’s education.

Modern parents can no longer rely on our dysfunctional education system to take over most aspects of their child’s life. We are supposed to protect and teach our children the things they need to know to prosper in life.

Casually leaving our children’s education to the schools is not a wise decision. Too many adults are more concerned with their pet’s grooming than with their child’s education. In school there are many social temptations, many opportunities to take short cuts such as cheating and little follow-up by teachers and administrators concerning academic deficiencies. Parents should more closely evaluate their child’s academics, social abilities and skills.

Parents can either shirk their duty to pass on their wisdom suffering the pain of a dysfunctional child or witness the child creating his own success.

The ability of their child to be self-reliant and successful lies primarily in the hands of the parents by training them to have positive habits, skills and values. The parents’ focusing on the children when they are young will reap them the satisfaction of participating in their success.  The legacy of their children is determined by how well they were able to train them when they were young.

It is not about spending more money on education but parents placing a great value on learning. Parental observation as well as direct involvement with the child’s academics and after school activities is powerful antidotes to preventing an inadequate and disabled human being.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist

The democrats are noted for their belief in an all-encompassing government, a government that is supposed to meet the needs of all its citizens especially the poor. On the other hand the republicans are supporters of big business.  “When big business does well, the whole country prospers” is a Republican notion. These supposed specific party values have become the conventional wisdom passed down over the years from political leaders and pundits. 

“Too big to fail” is an anti capitalist policy of assisting large international corporations with billions of US dollars, easing of regulations and limiting competition for certain corporations and not others. Goldman Sacks was chosen while Lehman Brothers was not.  This protecting of certain international corporations was supposedly to prevent a Wall Street meltdown and global financial collapse, instead it was a reward to politically connected cronies.

Both presidents, George W. Bush (the Compassionate Conservative) and Barak Obama supported this policy. This exposes the fact that these supposedly diametrically opposed politicians both favored big business and big government. During his 8 years in office President Bush significantly increased the size of government while President Obama doubled down on assisting Wall Street and government bloating.  Obama established a close relationship with particular corporations by granting federal money and special regulation exemptions to keep them economically viable. General Motors became Government Motors for several years while the stockholders and dealerships were shortchanged and the unions were rewarded.

Both parties pick winners and losers to increase their power to receive political donations and future high-level positions for themselves and their cronies.  Big government and big business have gone hand in hand to develop a base of power for both. Yet both parties and commentators act as if the expressed differences were actually religiously practiced.

This false dichotomy has become more obvious to thoughtful independent voters. People on the left and the right of the political spectrum are realizing that campaigns are nothing more than kabuki dances. Each party uses its particular catch phrases to win allegiances and votes but once in power only rule to increase the bureaucracies in government and business to maintain their office.

Centralized power in business and government has lead to greater exploitation of citizens and workers. The Tea Party and young leftists are becoming more aware that decentralization of power going back to local communities is the best method of keeping independence, freedom and increasing economic opportunity for the people.

There has been a political enlightenment among many of the American voters. Centralized power in government encourages large corporations to join with big government to eliminate competition with smaller businesses. Government picks winners though passing specific laws and regulations. They insure an unfair playing field to prevent start-ups from ever stepping on the playing field. The winning corporations support the enlargement of the government bureaucracy. Everyone else, especially the people, lose in this charade.

The American people should demand capitalist principles be practiced in the USA. No longer should small business be burdened with ludicrous paperwork and unnecessary regulations. This does nothing to protect the public but does everything to create more government positions and stifle new business start-ups.
Government should remove its crushing boot on the throats of smaller companies and allow the free market invisible forces to operate. 

When companies regardless of their size become inefficient to operate at a profit, they should not be bailed out but be allowed to cease. This process cleanses the economic system of mismanagement. Other better managed businesses, although small, will fill the vacuum.

A major dividend of government keeping its hands off a free market naturally encourages more competition, which prevents large inefficient companies to perpetuate themselves. The increased competitive businesses will heighten accountability that sets a standard for government operations limiting the opportunity for blatant graft.

Both parties have played ball with their greedy hands held out for big business to fill. The only way to beat back and break up this fascist marriage between big government and big business is to vote for representatives from either party who are more concerned with citizen’s liberty than personal power and money.
This will curb the unholy alliance. Our freedom as a nation depends on it.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Thursday, August 07, 2014


By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D.

Affordable Healthcare and Common Core are using the same template. Both are being sold as being reasonable incremental cost saving quality changes to improve the delivery system of these two major institutions.

The truth is these are the first steps in nationalizing two of the most important  aspects of our daily lives that touches every American. Health care concerns are expanding as we become more of an aged society.  We are more dependent on the medical establishment today to care for us. The majority of us are taking less and less responsibility for our own health.

Our schools have morphed into social service sand social engineering centers.  Education has moved away from teaching children academic fundamentals to become independent learners. It has become a massive cultural change industry that is able to redistribute wealth for social restructuring through a multitude of grants, programs and directives.

The fiasco of the rollout of Obamacare was politically motivated. They could not be transparent with one sixth of the economy when they have proclaimed an economic savings that could not happen. Increasing the number of participants by 45 million obviously would balloon the cost of health care.  The only way to accomplish this feat is to increase fees and or decrease payments to the doctors. This had to be subtly phased in so not to create a public backlash. 

The statement that “you can keep your doctor” needs to be revised to “you can keep your doctor if you are willing to pay out of pocket if he is still in business.” Many doctors are not enthusiastic from going to running their own practices to being an insignificant cog in a system directed by national bureaucrats.

Even their independent professional healing decisions will  cease with a payment schedule. This plan dictates specific treatments modalities for each and every diagnosis that is determined by a checklist of symptoms. Doctor’s status has been degraded from the pinnacle of all professions- almost gods- to people who are told every step of the way what to do and how much they will be paid.

Teachers never had the exalted status of doctors nevertheless their professional creativity to help students, which attracted most of them to the  field was written out of the script.. The Common Core rationalized educational format will reduce teachers to robots filling in bureaucratic forms and following directions for specific tasks. The human initiative and relationship development factors will be squashed by a highly scripted system of teaching to the test.

The major reward of being a part of a highly  self-gratifying position of helping students to reach their full potential will be a thing of the past.

The intangibles of a doctor being a physical healer and a teacher being an inspirational guide for developing the mind cannot be written into the guidelines of these nationalized guidelines. It is impossible to define and quantify these intangibles. The quality of these systems will be naturally tarnished by removing the intrinsic interpersonal value of doing a meaningful job. It will be sacrificed for the supposed effectiveness of a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

The Affordable Care Act will not be affordable as it will be used as a major tax revenue stream for socialistic programs. The quality of healthcare will deteriorate as doctors are no longer allowed to practice healing and leave the profession.

Common Core will be a nationalized system indoctrinating our youth to usher us into a one-world government. Students will not be taught to critically think but will be propagandized with uncritical group-think. Future teachers will be scripted pawns who will not be allowed to treat students as unique individuals. All students will be treated in the same manner to arrive at the same goals.

Nationalization of industries or institutions throughout history and throughout the world have a common denominator of standardizing declining mediocrity. The

The top down approach chokes out individual initiative that encourages excellence. People do as little and as quickly as possible to do what is required but nothing more. It demoralizes the workers as well as the recipients.

Standards and expectations drop until everyone begins to accept the new normal of incompetence and broken promises.  The striving for excellence becomes a fading memory. 


Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist

The media, Democrats and even Republicans made a mockery of Vice President candidate, Sarah Palin, in the 2008 election. They crucified her for her Affordable Care Act comments of predictable inferior service, long waits, high costs, MDs leaving and fewer entering the field of medicine and especially the “death panels” as a necessary part of the future implementation.  The unfolding facts are proving her right and them wrong.

Imagine an insignificant, non-Ivy league educated, attractive mother of five, governor of the isolated state of Alaska, audaciously contradicting the media and the political establishment. The elites had no alternative but to target and destroy an outsider who raised objections to many progressive sacred cows.

Even the Republican campaign staff of John McCain limited Palin’s opportunities to speak openly. She was taken out of the campaign limelight for raising concerns about global warming, big government, inherent inefficiencies and corruption. This resonated with citizens.

The establishment relentlessly hammered her statement that Russia was still an adversary of the United States. This was preposterous to the One World Government, progressive establishment who wanted to initiate a “reset button” with Russia. She was viciously ridiculed in the media for the remark, “I can see Russia from my back door” even though Tammy Fay made that comical statement, not Palin.

Yet the establishment’s greatest fury was reserved for her prediction that the death panels would become a fundamental part of Obamacare. The media and political elites counter argument was to double down by singing the praises of the Veteran’s Administration Healthcare, Canada’s and England’s medical programs.  Everyone paraded in front of the cameras could not have been happier with all three nationalized delivery systems.

Most Americans were confused. They knew people from all over the world including Canada and England who came to the USA to receive advanced medical treatment.  These ordinary thinking citizens heard about the long lines and waits in the nationalized medical programs in other countries and did not want to abandon the most advanced healthcare system in the world.

The individuals who were most surprised about the glowing reports of VA hospitals were our veterans. These patriots had first hand experience of horror stories and horrendous service at the VA hospitals across the nation. Now we all know.

President Obama stated as a senator and announced to the nation on May 30 as commander-in-chief that the veteran’s health services have been in disarray for decades.  He acknowledged inspector generals reports revealing these problems in over 57 hospital medical centers all over the USA.  Even with tripling the VA budget since the year 2000, the VA centers have “cooked the books” to hide incredible waiting times. 

The inspector general even found 17,000 veterans not on any list. There have been 68,000 veterans who have never gotten appointments after requesting them. The initial time to get an appointment was 115 days, which is 5 times as long as reported. Only half of the veterans with PTSD received treatment. This bureaucratic time scam resulted in some preventable deaths of these heroes.

This behavior is understandable when you grant 65% of the senior executives bonuses to lower the waiting time of patients. These quotas would encourage schemes to fake a decline in waiting hours.

The VA medical service is a central government model. The workers are government employees who are rigidly protected by union derived practices. Eighty percent of these VA employees were viewed as exceeding expectations. They are driven not by the consumer of services, the veterans, but by the internal politics of a government bureaucracy. The protocol of working hours is established from the top down.  The budget is set, the wages and hours are locked in. Thus the only way to cut costs is to cut the quality of service. 

Of course Sarah Palin was right about “death panels.” Inevitably government healthcare costs will rise and quality of service will decline. As in England, a committee of “experts” will have to make decisions to lower healthcare expenses by cutting back on coverage.

The Affordable Care Act will ration services especially for older patients.  They will, in essence, pull the plug on many older or severely ill patients in the system.  “Death panels,” as many people have referred to these medical expert committees, seems to be an accurate label. Indeed, Sarah Palin was right on the money about Obamacare limiting service to control costs.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Thursday, July 17, 2014


By Domenick J. maglio PhD Traditional Realist

The Mississippi Republican runoff election has undeniably affirmed the established Republican party is more concerned about retaining personal power rather than following its stated principles. They continue to give lip service to fiscally responsible limited government that follows the Constitution. They support legislation and politicians that are contrary to their own stated beliefs in order to retain their high level Washington, D.C. positions.

Mississippi senator, Thad Cochran, consistently voted to bring home the bacon to his state for four decades by acquiescing to big government programs. His primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, was a strong traditional conservative, Tea Party member who energized the base of the state’s party. The Republican Party did not stay neutral letting the people determine the direction of the primary. They banned together to support one of their own “club members.”

Mitch McConnell, the majority leader of the Republicans in the senate, stated he would stand up to Tea Party conservative’s insurgence. He did not respond to the Democrats labeling the Tea Party as “Tea Baggers”, terrorists and other negative terms since he was frightened that his position would be jeopardized by these principled members. With the support of other established leaders he raised $820,000 in one night for Cochran. Karl Rove’s, Club for Growth, contributed $3 million to Cochran.

The exposing of the party’s behind the scenes money involvement in the primary election fills in the dots unveiling a callous picture of using political power to maintain their own congressional positions.  Many of these Republican, Washington, D.C. government representative’s self-interest clearly outweighs their mission of serving the people. This completed picture of the self-interest of Republican officials makes sense of many strange incidents that have recently taken place in the Republican Party.  The unexpected reviving of John McCain’s dead candidacy for the nomination as president in 2008 becomes clearer. A moderate RINO (Republican in Name Only) would not respond forcefully to candidate Obama’s accusations so as not to create a backlash that may jeopardize individual Republican seats.

McCain’s campaign muzzled Sarah Palin who was greeted enthusiastically all over the country. She spoke forcefully about conservative ideals and issues, which gained traction with her constituents. However, she caused controversy in the media that caused fear among the entrenched Republicans who did not follow these conservative principles.

In 2012 presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, played it safe in his candidacy for presidency. His message was he was going to administer government more efficiently than the Obama administration without any defined changes in policy. He sold himself as a middle of the road candidate not as a conservative. When the Benghazi fiasco surfaced, he backed off the issue in the last debate instead of attacking Obama’s disastrous foreign policy. The Republican voters responded to this milk toast approach by 3 million voters staying home instead of voting for the “know nothing” party.

The Republican establishment party has turned out to be the “retention party of RINOS.” It has no essential message to put the USA back on track as a sovereign nation. It allows the Constitution to be violated on a regular basis. It allows the speaker of the house, John Boehner, to appease a stonewalling president rather than lead his fellow congressmen to uncover the truth about numerous scandals. Only after two years of increasing pressure did he finally appoint a select committee to maintain his leadership position.

The Republican Party’s establishment has lost its focus on fighting for conservative principles in running our government. By surrendering these ideals to maintain their own positions in government they are contributing to the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.

It is necessary for the survival of our nation that the status quo RINOS get out of the way to allow new blood to enter the debate. This essential open discussion would allow the American citizens to put us back on the right path. The USA has to return to the Constitution and fiscal responsibility to once again be the beacon of freedom to the world and a prosperous freedom-loving nation. 

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Sunday, July 06, 2014


By Domenick J.Maglio, PhD. Traditional Realist

Edward Snowden was a spy who worked for the National Security Administration or National Spy Organization. He is also a hero for putting is life on the line for our freedom. He revealed NSA’s ability to store enormous amount of personal information on every American citizen. This is a bombshell that threatens the freedom of the all of us. In essence the technology to spy on every human is here. It has a frightening potential for the enslavement of every person not only in the United States but the entire world.

The US may be the most advanced in data surveillance but it is not the only nation collecting private information on its people. We have learned that the developed nations also are using modern technology to spy on each other and their own citizens. Snowden quizzed President Putin on Russian television about his surveillance program. He said it was to put Putin on record to open up discussion on this issue.  The next day Snowden noted the Russian government was already requesting bulk data from social media companies. This indicated that Putin was not telling the truth, Russia is involved in sophisticated surveillance.

This technology would benefit international terrorist groups although it would be infinitely more dangerous in the hands of government leaders throughout the world. These leaders have the means of using their power to discreetly remove any opposing person before they make a move. This will allow them to upgrade the intensity of repression without provoking any backlash.

Snowden said in The Guardian, “ I blew the whistle on the NSA surveillance practices not because I believed the USA was uniquely at fault but because I believe that mass surveillance of innocents-the construction of state run surveillance time machines that can turn back the clock on the most intimate details of our lives- is a threat to all people everywhere no matter who runs them.

Turning the clock back on any person can be used to create a negative narrative to destroy anyone, even a saint.  A law-abiding citizen that has been labeled as “a person of interest” by the state would be defenseless. The officials would be able to go back in time selecting certain past utterances. This is horrifying.

Even a current politically incorrect speech or behavior has caused great pain and suffering.  These people who were exercising their freedom of speech and association were forced into re-education (sensitivity training) to be reinstated into their positions to stop their persecution.  Mozilla CEO, Chick-fil-A CEO, Donald Stirling-owner of LA Clippers, popular chef-Paula Deen and Duck Dynasty star, Phil Robertson, and many others suffered for their freedom to speak.  This skewering of famous people is less inhibiting and frightening than the ability of the NSA to use every person’s private thoughts against them. This would naturally cause censorship of our speech for fear of prosecution and persecution.

Edward Snowden was aware that Thomas Drake, an NSA whistleblower, had shared his concerns with congressional committees in 2005. He was investigated by the FBI and was charged with 10 felonies. His government career was destroyed and his life was changed forever.  Although knowing this information, Snowden said he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about NSA surveillance. An NSA, April 8th, 2013 email to the NSA general council’s office verified that he brought up these concerns. At that time Snowden knew that more whistleblowers under the Obama administration suffered serious adverse consequences than during any other administration.

Snowden knew that private discussions are supposed to be protected by the First Amendment for good reason.  The verbalizing of ideas is an essential process that is needed to formulate one’s thinking and beliefs. Without the security of a person knowing his thoughts would remain private a person would stop talking and thinking.

The NAZIs, the Soviet Union and other primitive totalitarian states use fear of the state.  They only had primitive methods to put the fear of the state into the minds of the people by invading the homes or torturing others to frighten them into submission.  The belief in individual freedom was shattered by these unsophisticated practices leaving a spiritless people and an evil government.

The United States and others already have all of a person’s most intimate speech and thoughts stored. Anyone targeted by the state would have their information  exploited by bureaucratic experts. This would automatically render them guilty of whatever the state wanted to prove.

The allowing of the NSA or any other nation’s surveillance program to continue operations would inevitably be too tempting for a power grabbing leader not to employ. This level of surveillance is the most powerful Weapon of Freedom Destruction (WFD) the world has ever had to face.

The USA and other nations have to incorporate powerful checks and balances, real failsafe measures to halt this totalitarian ticking time bomb and prevent it from occurring in the future.

In the name of preventing terrorism there is no security/freedom exchange under the surveillance of all citizens.  When a national government can spy on all its citizens the government becomes the potential terrorist. These national leaders have the ultimate WFD to establish a global totalitarian hell.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


By Domenick J. Maglio Ph.D. Traditional Realist

The 2013 Antarctica expedition of scientists and tourists was to retrace the steps of the 1912 explorer Douglas Mawson. It was supposed to show that global warming was decreasing the ocean ice cap.  Instead several nations sent icebreakers to assist the stuck vessel. They too became stuck and eventually a helicopter was sent to evacuate the global warming alarmists from the impassible ice. This ice had reached record levels of 3.5 million square miles, according to the National Snow and ice Data Center.

The media did not mention the irony of scientists being stuck in ice that was supposed to have been melted.  Even after the expedition they made the following statement “we are stuck in our own experiment.” The media coverage only highlighted the ship’s party atmosphere of being “brave individuals.” They carefully avoided the obvious implication that “global warming” or “climate change” predictions were wrong, once again.

Scientific prediction after prediction of global warming that does not materialize is conveniently ignored.  In the early 1970s “scientists” were talking about global warming. By 1974 they were writing of the coming Ice Age.  In the 1990s Al Gore and other politicos were predicting the ice would melt raising the ocean levels, dying of the polar bears and leaving the worlds most populated costal areas underwater.

In 2007 the BBC stated that the arctic would be iceless by 2013.  Satellite data from the US National Snow and ice Center and European Space Agency have shown ice is thicker in the arctic than it was 5 years ago.

Jerry Brown, governor of California, stated on May 13, 2014 that LAX would be underwater within 200 years although the airport is 125 feet above sea level.
Even NOAA said, “it would take 45,903.6 years to reach 125 feet at the present rate of global warming, we’d be in a new ice age by then and sea levels would be falling.”

There is numerous fear mongering studies blaming every disaster and anti social behavior on CO2 emissions. Hurricanes, increased or lack of, tornados, mudslides, fires, drought, cold spells, heat waves are promoted as definitive signs of global warming, change, or disruption.  Terrorism, domestic violence, general crime, wars and birthrates have been noted by proponents of global warming to have increased or will continue to escalate due to global warming. These so called expert “studies” and the federal government through grants, which drives these absurd claims exponentially, incentivizes articles supporting global warming.

No matter how many gloom and doom predictions are proven false, the drumbeat continues for global governmental intervention. This translates into redistributing wealth by robbing developed nations, particularly the USA, by charging a carbon emissions fee. Even if the US emissions were lowered to zero, China, India and other underdeveloped countries that are the greatest polluters are exempted.  The USA paying the fee will not touch the problem.  

Yet the EPA bureaucratically commanded on June 2nd, 2014 that the coal industry has to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% in 15 years. There was no congressional law passed to legitimize this capricious and irrational act.

The climate models that these scientists have created are as good as the variables that they choose.  Garbage in- garbage out is the common language used for weak models. These models have not accurately predicted 10-day weather patterns no less long-term climate changes.

Even if we lowered CO2 emissions to near zero, climate change would occur. Climate has changed since the beginning of time.  The attempt to use CO2 emissions as a prime mover of climate change might be a smart political strategy, except hard cold facts are getting in the way.

It is hard to make a cogent argument for taxing or regulating CO2 emissions as inaccurate predictions continue to surface. These incidents of truth appear at the most inconvenient and ironic times.

This ridiculous push to tax developed nations for pollution when they are NOT the major contributors is an attempt to finance a global government that would produce a supposed “Global Utopia.” This global warming, climate change or the Obama administration’s new term, “global disruption” would be humorous if it was not for its financial and political long-term implications on global stability.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014


By Domenick J Maglio PhD.  Traditional Realist

Knowing how to become motivated to get things done needs internalization of many skills, habits and values. In the past the method of teaching youngsters how to work and enjoy the fruits of their labor had been a function of good parenting. It is becoming a relic of the past.

The proper way to clean a window does not come with a manual. Usually it was learned by the parent assigning a child the chore. Instructions of how to do it correctly may have become before starting it although in most cases it came after with a blistering critique of the less than stellar results.

 In the aftermath of cleaning a window a youngster would usually receive a politically incorrect critique of his failure to meet his parent’s expectation. The way to reach the level of quality might have been touched on but not clearly. It was up to the child to think the process through and then ask questions to fill in the gaps.

 The child in training was supposed to correct his own work deficiencies. This did not come from asking unnecessary questions to waste time but the knowledge came from replaying in his mind the parent’s reaction to the job he did.

Parents expected a high level of competency not only with chores but during the child’s school years. The child was expected to complete his assignments in a timely and correct manner. It was not the teachers or parent’s responsibility to remind the child. The youngster was supposed to obediently learn the lesson in whatever way he could or else. The “or else” usually did not have to be administered as the child knew the parent’s word was golden.

Modern parents are too harried to follow up their commands. Children quickly learn they are paper tigers. They keep on expanding the limits becoming obnoxious negotiators until they are able to do what they want.

Instead of parents becoming indignant because the child will not obey their directions, they feel guilty. They realize they do not have the close family experience that they enjoyed as children. The parents compensate by being friends since they do not have the time and motivation to be in charge parents.

The guilt driven parents are more protective of their child’s feelings. When the child is having difficulty in school they immediately contact the teacher to see how they can assist their precious child. The child’s ability to solve the problem he is facing is not seriously considered. They do not believe the child can work through his own difficulties he is facing in school.

We are not setting obligations for children to do things around the house. Children are usually given a free pass. Even the inconsequential things a modern parent asks a child to do to contribute around the house have to be incentivized with dollar bills. The price is negotiated which usually goes well for the child and poorly for the parent. The child receives his “allowance” regardless of the quality or timeliness in which the task was done. Our children are being conditioned to be lazy at home and at school. They do only what they want when they want to do it.

Successful people in whatever endeavor they choose have the ability to get things done well and on time. Often they have to do things they do not want to do because it is part of the job or is necessary for the sake of the business.

The goal of being good at whatever a person does guides him to use his time wisely. Developing good time management skills is encouraged by the person to get the finished product completed well in the shortest time period. When this is achieved through trial and error these people become experts in what they have chosen to do.

When a person brings something to be completed to an expert they agree to a price and time to complete the project. The higher the number of people who want his services indicates he will do an excellent job in the specific time period. This is the reason this expression exists: “ When you want to get something done, bring it to a busy person.” It holds true today as it did in the past.

The pathetic reality is modern parents have forgotten their major legacy is their children.  They are providing their children an affluent lifestyle but are not giving their child the ability to carry on their work ethic. Low parental expectations at home and at school are resulting in too many weak and lazy people who are not productive in their lives.

It is time for parents and grandparents to aggressively insist that children and grandchildren do better and do more. They need to hold these loved ones to a  standard no lower than the one they had. Anyone who becomes good in any profession has to continually push himself to reach the top. It starts at home.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at

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