Richard Elfers

Economy rises and falls, regardless of who’s in the Oval Office

Economy rises and falls, regardless of who’s in the Oval Office

Are U.S. presidents responsible for the economy? Can President Trump and the Republicans take credit for the 4.1 percent growth rate we are experiencing? That’s… Continue reading

Economy rises and falls, regardless of who’s in the Oval Office
Real life, like Risk, requires great self-discipline

Real life, like Risk, requires great self-discipline

Have you ever played the board game called “Risk”? Last week I taught my three oldest grandkids (ages 11, 9 and 9) how to play… Continue reading

Real life, like Risk, requires great self-discipline
Perception becomes reality, nationally and individually

Perception becomes reality, nationally and individually

This seems to be China’s problem: it has a bad image, which is bringing major problems to its door. China has begun to change those… Continue reading

Perception becomes reality, nationally and individually
Ferguson oversteps bounds

Ferguson oversteps bounds

Imagine you are a devout 68-year-old Southern Baptist Christian, living in Richland, Washington, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, a floral shop, for over 20 years.… Continue reading

Ferguson oversteps bounds
All can consider, what would a great leader do?

All can consider, what would a great leader do?

The time was 460 B.C. The place, across the Tiber River from the city of Rome. The protagonist was a farmer who tilled the soil… Continue reading

All can consider, what would a great leader do?
Tribalism led to the loss of Vietnam, Iraq wars

Tribalism led to the loss of Vietnam, Iraq wars

Knowing and understanding tribalism can offer a solution to the divisions at home and abroad.

Tribalism led to the loss of Vietnam, Iraq wars
The sweetest revenge? Sometimes it’s just being nice

The sweetest revenge? Sometimes it’s just being nice

Do you remember the tit-for-tat fights you had as a kid? Someone hit you so you hit them back. Someone called you a name, so… Continue reading

The sweetest revenge? Sometimes it’s just being nice
Trump’s behavior means the world cannot trust the U.S.

Trump’s behavior means the world cannot trust the U.S.

‘The U.S. became involved in the Vietnam War precisely because it feared the implications for its containment policy against the Soviet Union if it allowed… Continue reading

Trump’s behavior means the world cannot trust the U.S.
Four cornerstones of arguing irrationally

Four cornerstones of arguing irrationally

Should a photo ID be required to be able to vote? I recently made the mistake of trying to have a rational online debate with… Continue reading

Four cornerstones of arguing irrationally
There a way to blend values, reinvent our society?

There a way to blend values, reinvent our society?

‘The most common basis of resistance to change is the fear that with your new learning will come a new position that will be lower… Continue reading

There a way to blend values, reinvent our society?
Major Supreme Court decisions are coming in June

Major Supreme Court decisions are coming in June

Some major landmark Supreme Court Cases will be decided by June. “All …of these cases have the potential to shake the United States to its… Continue reading

Major Supreme Court decisions are coming in June
U.S. isn’t the only nation flirting with trade wars

U.S. isn’t the only nation flirting with trade wars

Did you know there is an internal trade war brewing in Canada? It’s between Alberta and British Columbia over the building of an oil pipeline… Continue reading

U.S. isn’t the only nation flirting with trade wars
Voting habits tied to feelings of personal security

Voting habits tied to feelings of personal security

Why have we seen a worldwide shift toward authoritarianism? A quick glance across the globe sees leaders becoming more dictatorial and populist: Putin in Russia,… Continue reading

Voting habits tied to feelings of personal security
Protecting against the abuse of power

Protecting against the abuse of power

Do you largely agree with these assertions about our natures? “Give all power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all power to… Continue reading

Protecting against the abuse of power

“Seeing the Splinter in Our Neighbor’s Eye”

We only see what we value.

Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters

Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters

How does one know if marketing is effective? In the light of last week’s Congressional interrogation of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it appears that many… Continue reading

Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters
Plan with the end in mind

Plan with the end in mind

“Plan with the end in mind” was one of Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” I found his adage true when I taught… Continue reading

Plan with the end in mind
Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

What’s more important to the success of a government — short-term thinking or long-term thinking? Why are terms of service for the House of Representatives… Continue reading

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?
The Second Amendment in the 21st century

The Second Amendment in the 21st century

As I read about yet another school shooting, the 17th since the beginning of 2018, I’m reminded of the National Rifle Association’s reminder to the… Continue reading

The Second Amendment in the 21st century
Amendments have changed constitutional values

Amendments have changed constitutional values

Do you know why we have the electoral college to vote for the president?

Amendments have changed constitutional values