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      Richard Olivastro

      Richard Olivastro is president of Olivastro Communications, a professional member of the National Speakers Association and founder of Citizens For Change. He can be reached at [email protected] or 877.RichSpeaks.

Have they forgotten?

11:00 AM 09/09/2010

It doesn’t seem like nine years have passed since America's Second Day of Infamy: September 11, 2001.

Prelude to the Constitution (Part 2)

8:51 AM 09/07/2010

In Part I of this series, I noted two of the federal government’s supposed weaknesses under the Articles of Confederation: its inability to regulate trade among the states and its inability to tax the states. I also noted that the former was indeed a weakness but the latter was not, and that amendments to the Articles of Confederation could have resolved both problems. But, back then -- as now -- the politically-minded understood that their personal power would flow with the power inherent in being able to tax and regulate.

Prelude to the Constitution (Part I of II)

11:29 PM 08/27/2010

With the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the 13 American colonies declared themselves to be independent and sovereign states.  (Actually, you could say it was 14 states that declared independence, because the area known as Vermont simultaneously separated from New York.)

A better stimulus for America

12:00 AM 08/23/2010

In the past, readers of this column received reports about the real causes underlying the problems affecting the credit markets, the housing situation, the general economy, and more.

Now cap spending!

11:56 AM 08/09/2010

The parallels between the 'Deepwater Horizon' oil rig and government are uncanny.

In a word: Uncertainty!

11:36 AM 07/26/2010

Most Americans feel they are drowning under the current wave of uncertainty that is affecting every aspect of their lives.

The Declaration changes everything

10:13 AM 07/19/2010

Considering the entire length of civilization, America’s existence as a country — 234 years — is but a short time. In fact, more years passed between 1492, when Columbus discovered the New World, and 1773, when colonists began the series of events that would lead to independence.

These ‘following days’

3:58 PM 07/09/2010

It was July 8, 1776 and founder Samuel Adams had just heard the Declaration of Independence read aloud in public for the first time.

Let freedom ring – again!

12:00 AM 07/02/2010

This coming weekend marks the 234th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America.