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Author Tom Blair Gives Voice to Ben Franklin on Modern American Issues

(January 20, 2012)

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 01/20/12 -- What would Benjamin Franklin say about the power of modern corporations, the state of the federal budget and one of the strangest GOP presidential primary seasons ever? In "Poorer Richard's America: What Would Ben Say?" (www.tomblair.net), author Tom Blair offers convincing answers.

Benjamin Franklin on corporations: "Recall, dear reader, that we were a nation of plowmen, hunters, craftsmen, and fishermen in 1776; no Founding Father could have envisioned that in 200 years' time the voice of a single omnipotent corporation could mask, and thus overrule, the voices of thousands of America's citizens ... if only we had written 'All men and corporations are created equal.'"

On the federal budget: "My fellow Countrymen and Countrywomen, you may clamor for as many federal programs as you wish. Do so with caution; know well that each and every federal program is paid for dearly in the end by us Americans. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction; both in physics and in budgeting."

On the presidential primaries: "Your leaders are not leading; they equivocate and attempt to respond to all, and in doing such, they follow."


The author channeling America's outspoken founding father is Tom Blair, an outspoken pundit and Washington insider. Like his muse, he's a man of varied interests and talents. He founded Catalyst Health Solutions, a $1.43 billion prescription drug benefits company his son now runs. He has amassed a collection of flyable World War II airplanes, including the world's largest collection of Spitfires which, of course, he flies.

He does lunch with pal Gen. Colin Powell, socializes with U.S. presidents at the annual Washington-elite Alfalfa Club banquets and, got TV journalist and fellow author Tom Brokaw to write the foreword.

Today, Blair indulges in his 17 grandchildren, his passion for history and aviation, and an emerging profile as a witty and astute political commentator.

About Tom Blair

In addition to founding Catalyst Health Solutions, FedMed, Inc., United Payors & United Providers and America's Health Plan, among other companies, Tom Blair is on the board of directors of the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank, and the board of trustees of the National World War II Museum. He served by presidential appointment on the advisory board of the National Air and Space Museum.

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