It would be easy to blame it on Richard Nixon. He started blathering about “energy independence” shortly after the Arab oil producers raised prices and launched an embargo against the U.S. in October of 1973. Within weeks, oil prices quintupled and the American economy went into seizures.
Four years ago, the analysts at John S. Herold Inc. were the first to call bullshit on Enron. On Feb. 21, 2001, three Herold analysts issued a report that said Enron’s profit margins were shriveling, the company had too few hard assets, and its stock price was way too high. Less than ten months later, Enron filed for bankruptcy.
For me, Election Day is like a church gathering for the neighborhood. Like a Sunday visit to church, the journey to the poll at the school near my house gives me a physical connection to a very specific group of people many of whom share my beliefs and concerns.
For most of the last five years, the Texas Funeral Service Commission has been battling with the world’s largest funeral services company, Houston-based Service Corporation International , over allegations that the company violated numerous state regulations in the late 1990s.