Comedian Steve Martin once quipped, “I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.” Sadly, combatants in the “War on Women” seem to agree with Martin, except they want others to pay for their sex --- at least the contraception.
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Melanie Sturm has 15 years of private equity investing experience, previous to which she specialized in project finance at International Finance Corporation and mergers & acquisitions at Morgan Stanley and Drexel Burnham Lambert. She has an MBA from INSEAD and undergraduate degrees in international relations and economics from Tufts University.
When Gloria Steinem popularized the saying “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” I wasn’t old enough to wear a bra, never mind burn it. However, thanks to that feminist credo and its infiltration of 1970s popular culture, women of my generation grew up believing we could make it on our own, like Mary Tyler Moore. While her theme song cautioned, “This world is awfully big, girl,” our confidence rose with Mary’s cap, tossed triumphantly to “You’re Gonna Make It After All.”
What do you get when you cross George Orwell's “Animal Farm” with John Belushi's “Animal House”? “Government Gone Wild”!
“The higher up in the tree the monkey goes, the more of his backside that shows,” goes the maxim. It would be hard to climb higher than Warren Buffett, the world’s most celebrated investor. However, as the namesake of the Buffett Rule --- a proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy --- Buffett and his backside are dangling precariously “out on a limb.”
Back in September when President Obama was arguing for his third stimulus, he pronounced America soft and said we lacked a competitive edge. At the same time, the NFL cognoscenti were declaring Tim Tebow an NFL bust despite being a first-round draft pick. Remarkably, Tim Tebow and the U.S. economy are showing signs of resurgence.
I didn’t “occupy Wall Street,” though I spent enough hours working there that a sleeping bag could have come in handy. I can attest to one of the protesters’ claims about Wall Street bankers: While most are good and ethical people, they are supremely money-oriented and, like the bear that sniffed out a Payday in my trash, they’ll take the path of least resistance to find theirs.
Winston Churchill famously quipped, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” What could be more beautiful (or seductive) than the strategy of promoting a “green economy,” an environmentally friendly cure-all for our economic troubles?
“They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no,” sang British singer-sensation Amy Winehouse before joining Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in the “Dead at 27 Club.” Seeing the media atwitter over the “Euro Crisis” makes me think Winehouse’s unfortunate demise is a metaphor for what ails Europe.
In a Russian joke, there are two friendly farmers, Boris and Ivan. Both are prosperous, though Boris owns chickens and Ivan doesn’t. When a genie offers Ivan anything he desires, he ponders his wish and orders, “Kill Boris’s chickens!”
In its annual survey of 25 countries, GlobeScan asks respondents if the free market is the best system for the world’s future.