Announcement: Write in Richard Dedor on November 4

After watching enough negative advertisements, listening to candidate statements, and reading about the two leading candidates running to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, I encourage all Iowans to look at their options and consider me as a write-in to represent them, the great people of Iowa, as their US Senator in the next Congress.

Guest Column: No Labels seeks change

Check out my guest opinion article in the October 26, 2014, issue of the Globe Gazette. Excerpt: I believe debate is good. In fact, it is the only disinfectant in a thriving democracy. Our government is only at its best when opposing viewpoints are shared and debated. Through those actions, trust is developed which leads […]

Iowa Windmills

Returning to Iowa

As my rental truck trudged out of Astoria, New York, across the Gov. Christie-made famous George Washington Bridge and towards the West, a mix of excitement and fear cursed through my veins. I’m a young —nearly 31 — professional who just relocated back to Iowa from the energy and excitement of New York City. I […]

When Markets Start to Fail

When markets start to fail the very group of people they were designed to serve, innovators arrive. That is what has happened to the world’s financial markets. Over the past year, you may have heard about a new “currency,” Bitcoin. I have not written or spoken about it much and that is mostly because I […]

Experian Social Security

Chat with Richard: The Tragedy of the Third Rail

As we near the midterm election of 2014, one issue that has slowly cropped up has been Social Security. There have been some bits of misinformation and I have been engaging with fellow Americans on Twitter and I thought it was time to clear a few things up. First, I have never advocated for a […]

Rand Paul

Chat with Richard: The Value of Common Core Standards

Earlier this year, I came out in support of Common Core. Conversely, Senator Rand Paul, who I have agreed with on occasion, recently called out Gov. Jeb Bush for his support of Common Core and said he would not have a chance in a Republican Primary. Rand’s contention is that Common Core represents dramatic federal […]

War on Poverty White House Graphic

News: U.S. Census Bureau Annual Report on Poverty

Story Excerpt: Judged by that standard, the War on Poverty has been a colossal flop. The welfare state has undermined self-sufficiency by discouraging work and penalizing marriage. When the War on Poverty began seven percent of children were born outside marriage. Today, 42 percent of children are. By eroding marriage, the welfare state has made […]