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FORBES: IRAQ CAN SQUASH ISIS BY GIVING IRAQI PEOPLE SHARE OF OIL RESERVES
STEVE FORBES: You might call it the Alaska solution. They have a permanent fund in Alaska. Each year every living person who is in Alaska gets a dividend. The Sunnis should be for it, and the Kurds would like to have legal protections as well.
SABRINA SCHAEFFER: They have to want the people in Iraq to feel connected to the country. The problem is the threat of ISIS, there is internal fighting, there is just so much going on. This is a country that fails to have some of the institutions that I think we feel taken for granted.
RICH KARLGAARD: The first thing you have to do is boot Isis out of the oil fields that it does control. This is really pressing. You posed a question will Iraqis to stand up and fight. They have to have something to fight with, too. So why don't we give them a second amendment along with ownership.
ELIZABETH MACDONALD: This is a beautifully elegant idea. Maybe if you empower the people you can push back on people like ISIS. What you're seeing is we have got the brave, dedicated, courageous people that are shut out of the corridors of power and a power structure that is elitist and corrupt. That is the next step. Property rights are the next step.
RICK UNGAR: My concern and skepticism is I'm not sure that even that amount of money that an Iraqi could help to earn will help overthrow religious rights.
REPORT: DEA PAID AMTRAK WORKER $854K FOR PASSENGER DATA IT COULD'VE GOTTEN FOR FREE
ELIZABETH MACDONALD: We are blown away by this. This has gone on for 20 years through three presidents and multiple wars. What does it take to fire a federal worker? We have got guys watching porn. We have people going home to do laundry and surf Facebook at home. This person should not have been allowed to retire without giving that money back.
RICK UNGAR: We all know it is more than just the money aspect that troubles me. What is troubling is that the DEA needs to know when I was taking Amtrak. It's none of their business. This is just bad from every possible angle.
STEVE FORBES: By the way, on that secretary, was tax paid on $850,000? Why over 20 years? Was there something else going on here? In terms of Amtrak itself, other than the Boston to Washington run, it loses money. Politicians like having trains run through their areas. I would pay the fare because it's so nice compared to an airplane.
CARRIE SHEFFIELD: It's toxic and not what we need going forward. That employee was allowed to stay on so long because of the public unions. They have a strangle hold on accountability.
RICH KARLGAARD: Particularly when you have an enforcement agency like the DEA, IRS, you really have a toxic combination where people will overuse their power. Steve is exactly right. I want to know what the DEA has over the secretary at Amtrak.
REPORT: MORE COMPANIES OFFERING DIE-HARD WORKERS EXTRA CASH TO TAKE VACATIONS
SABRINA SCHAEFFER: Vacations are not free. They come at a cost to employees, to employers, to other colleagues. Work doesn't disappear when I decide to take some time off. That's not to say that people shouldn't take time off but the idea that we would mandate shuffling things away is crazy.
ELIZABETH MACDONALD: I get the argument if you make it mandatory it will slam small businesses. But there is a strong argument that there is reduced productivity.
STEVE FORBES: It should be up to the employer. If you have a boss who says I don't want you to take vacation, it's a vibe, and it is all about timing. If you do it at the end of August, no one is going to notice. End of December, no one is going to notice. We have already given people a paid week off at year end because nobody does anything anyway so you might as well do it guilt free.
RICH KARLGAARD: More power to them. There are companies that pay to invest in their food and really elaborate gyms. It's probably a good idea. In start-ups it sure as heck wouldn't work.
RICK UNGAR: I can't remember the last time I took a vacation. Having somebody mandate that I do so is ridiculous. For all of us work is a vacation. We enjoy it.
ELIZABETH MACDONALD: CARBO Ceramics (CRR)
JOHN TAMNY: Intel Corporation (INTC)