Ralph R. Reiland
Mon, February 16, 2015
Good and Bad Economics
"A book so powerful in its clarity and simplicity that we can declare, without question, that it has shaped our world," wrote Nobel Laureate F.A. Hayek regarding the intellectual and policy ...
Thu, February 12, 2015
Good Intentions, Bad Results
A "nation of economic illiterates" is "easily misled by leaders who tell us of their good intentions -- their passion to solve our problems."
In their book Common ...
Wed, January 21, 2015
Fatwas, Gender Wrecks, and Snowmen
You hear some funny and unsolicited commentary when you're writing a weekly column.
The best this past week was from Dominic, a retiree I cross paths with from ...
Fri, January 02, 2015
Naughty and Nice
Inserting a bit of progressive politics into the holidays, The New Yorker magazine ended 2014 with an issue that included "Climate-Change Christmas Carols."
Here's an example ...
Tue, December 16, 2014
Beyond the 'Glossy Veneer'
Joan Didion is "possibly the best living American essayist and probably the most influential," wrote New York magazine columnist Boris Kacha in his 2011 column on Didion's work.
Wed, December 03, 2014
Ferguson in Black and White
The debate about the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson got heated on NBC's Meet the Press on November 23 in an exchange between former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and ...
Mon, November 24, 2014
It' Still About the Economy
"Job Growth, but No Raises" was the editorial headline in The New York Times on November 8, four days after the midterm elections.
For many voters, ...
Mon, November 17, 2014
What's in a Name?
Richie Richman is a name that perfectly describes the well-heeled financial position of Mr. Richman.
It's like the name match of Tom Crapper, the man who many ...
Fri, November 14, 2014
Boots in the Face
What's the perfect way for a government to indict itself, to show the public they're being governed by a tyrannical regime that's establishing the nightmarish society depicted in George Orwell's ...
Mon, November 03, 2014
Hillary: Anti-Market, Again
People are still debating the old riddle: "Does it make a sound if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it?"
To answer that question, ...
Tue, October 28, 2014
Pot Brownies Putin's Trolls
Not once in my life have I ever said to anyone, "You wanna smoke a bowl?"
Still, I get ads via emails on my computer about water bongs, vaporizers, smoking pipes and scales.
Mon, October 20, 2014
Rarely have we witnessed such a barrage of organizational failures that threatened the fundamental security of the United States.
From the Secret Service blunders ...
Mon, October 13, 2014
What Obama Didn't Say About the Economy
In his speech the day before the federal government reported U.S. job growth was
248,000 in September, President Obama painted a picture that made the current state of the American economy look ...
Fri, August 08, 2014
Obama vs 'The Top'
"If you look at what's happened over the last four or five years, the folks who don't have a right to complain are the folks at the top," President Obama stated in a recent interview with ...
Mon, July 28, 2014
Obama's Part Time Nation
Vice President Joe Biden recently declared that America's jobs picture is outstanding -- historically exceptional, on the plus side.
"Businesses are hiring at historic rates," ...
Mon, July 14, 2014
Border Agents Turn Into Diaper Changers
Here's a recent -- and supposedly racist -- message from the labor union that represents U.S. border patrol agents, as posted by the governing National Border Patrol Council: "New annual job ...
Wed, July 09, 2014
Harebrained Bureaucrats and Gun Craziness
Regarding a recent dust-up near Pittsburgh, here's the June 6 headline at Reason magazine's blog: "First-Grader Finds Toy Gun, Turns It In, Gets Suspension."
How a 7-year-old kid ...
Thu, May 08, 2014
De-skilling America's Doctors
A surgeon declared war against health care's central planners recently in The Wall Street Journal.
"So when do we say damn the mandates and requirements from bureaucrats who are not ...
Tue, March 25, 2014
A Winning Economic Recovery Strategy
Here's a common sense perspective and first-rate line of attack for economic recovery in the ideas quoted below from a major speech by a top U.S. politician.
His policy recommendations ...
Mon, March 10, 2014
Barack, Mitt the Russian Bear
With Russian troops in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, here's a look back at how Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sized up Russia and Vladamir Putin during the 2012 presidential campaign.
Tue, February 18, 2014
Obama's Defining Challenge
It's the "defining challenge of our time," declared President Obama, referring to income inequality in the American economy.
A good start for Mr. Obama ...
Mon, January 27, 2014
Economic Inequality and Political Baloney
The big story that's simultaneously being spotlighted from the Vatican to the
White House, from Oxfam to newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York City,
is economic inequality and the ...
Thu, January 16, 2014
Welfare for Snowbirds
Today is our lucky day, the day each year my wife and I get to be on the receiving end of multiple doses of federal welfare — gratis money we didn't ask for and don't need that will be picked ...
Fri, December 20, 2013
Politically Correct Bird-O-Matics
Remember the old Dan Aykroyd skit on Saturday Night Live about the Bass-O-Matic? "Catch a bass, remove the hook and drop the whole fish into the Bass-O-Matic," said Aykroyd as he switched ...
Tue, December 10, 2013
Education's Ongoing Crack Up
Globally, the bad news regarding America's ability to successfully operate in an increasingly competitive and interconnected world economy is that 15-year-olds in the U.S. slipped further down in ...
Mon, November 25, 2013
Washington Fruitcakes; Extra Nutty
There's clearly no shortage of arrogance, senselessness and deceitfulness among the current crop of politicians and central planners in D.C.
First, here's Nancy ...
Wed, November 20, 2013
Spinning a Failure
"Even with the issues we've had, the marketplace is working and people are enrolling," happily announced Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on November 13, bizarrely ...
Wed, November 13, 2013
Too 'Smart' to Do the Job?
In his 2007 biography of Barack Obama, "Obama: From Promise to Power," Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell described the exchange he had with then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama just ...
Fri, November 08, 2013
World War II Faster than Development of Obamacare Website
Testifying on October 30 before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the cost to date of the federal government's malfunctioning ...
Fri, October 25, 2013
Coffee and Gunpowder
There was a petition at my local Starbucks the other morning about the government shutdown.
Starbucks Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz said he was circulating the ...
Mon, October 14, 2013
Lesson of the 'Nonessentials'
A couple of my friends are "nonessentials." That's a noun, plural, for people who are not indispensable, a term for people who have been officially and publicly categorized by the federal ...
Fri, October 11, 2013
Reagan, Obama: Performance vs. Excuses
Running for re-election last year, President Obama repeatedly proclaimed that he had inherited "the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."
Perhaps the never-ending ...
Fri, October 04, 2013
Obama 'Recovers' Lags Bush Recession
Obama: "Don't tell me how to mop!"
By Ralph R. Reiland
More than three years ago, at a $50,000-per-couple ...
Mon, September 09, 2013
Big Government v. Job Creation
Ask a classroom of high school seniors what they want to be when they grow up and I'd say it's a safe bet that no one will say that they want to be "a D.C. bureaucrat."
Wed, September 04, 2013
Springboards and Quicksand
If you don't want to work, the good news is that a new study by the Cato Institute, "The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off, 2013," shows that welfare currently pays more than the minimum wage ...
Mon, August 19, 2013
Better Dead than Profiled?
The stop-and-frisk tactic that's been employed for over a decade by New York City's cops has produced two clear and unarguable results. First, more blacks and Hispanics have been stopped. Second, ...
Wed, August 07, 2013
The Killing of a City
In 1960, Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the United States.
Today, Detroit's median household income is less than half the nationwide median household income, the city's 36 percent ...
Tue, July 30, 2013
Black Men Dying in Our Cities
"The madness," in stunning numbers
By Ralph R. Reiland
"Detroit Free ...
Fri, July 26, 2013
Muzzling for Political Corectness
America is "a nation of cowards" when it comes to discussing race, declared Attorney General Eric Holder on February 18, 2009,just two weeks after he was confirmed as head of the U.S. ...
Tue, July 16, 2013
Obamacare Going Off the Rails
"Under socialism, production is entirely directed by the orders of the central board of production management," explained Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), sociologist, philosopher and Austrian ...
Mon, July 08, 2013
Central Control Equals Independence?
Whether due to arrogance or stupidity -- or a combination of both operating simultaneously in the same haughty and mind-numbing individual (Nancy Pelosi comes to mind as the perfect archetype) -- ...
Mon, July 01, 2013
It's Still 'The Economy Stupid'
To help campaign workers in Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign to keep their eye on the ball, to stay focused on the public's top concern, Clinton campaign manager James Carville coined the ...
Wed, June 26, 2013
Sharks by Land and Sea
SEA ISLE, N.J. -- What's really a bad deal is to be careful all year – no
accelerating 0-to-60 mph in 2.7 seconds, no stopping at taverns in the city's
worst war zones for a beer ...
Mon, June 17, 2013
Brave New World
"In 1931, when Brave New World was being written, I was convinced that there was still plenty of time," wrote Aldous Huxley in 1958 in Brave New World Revisited. "The completely ...
Tue, June 11, 2013
Self-Proclaimed Economic Wizards
With the U.S. economy in its slowest job-market recovery since World War II and still 2.6 million jobs short from its payroll peak in January 2008, it's good to hear there's finally someone in the ...
Mon, June 03, 2013
McCain's Third Rate Escapade
"Third-rate men, of course,exist in all countries, but it is only here that they
are in full control of the state," wrote H.L. Mencken in his 1922 essay, "On Being an ...
Tue, May 28, 2013
A Government Against Liberty
Let's say you're like most people and believe the federal government has become too large, too wasteful, too crooked and too intrusive. Now imagine the morning mail arrives from the money-bleeding ...
Tue, May 14, 2013
Government Drops Ball in Castro Case
Unless you're a regular at sadomaso parties,it's unlikely that you'll ever see a
poor soul being led around naked on a leash.
Unlikely, that is, unless you ...
Mon, May 06, 2013
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, energy scholar and economics researcher, wrote recently that the passing of Margaret Thatcher provides "a timely reason to ask: What was ...
Wed, April 24, 2013
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winning American author, energy scholar and economic researcher, wrote recently that the passing of Margaret Thatcher provides "a timely reason to ask: What was the ...
Tue, April 16, 2013
Baloney vs. Stark Reality
It was nearly three years ago, June 2010, that the Obama administration billed the coming season as "Recovery Summer."
To pump up the administration's ...
Sun, March 31, 2013
Washington Then, Washington Now
We've dropped a long way in 224 years, from Washington then to Washington now, from George Washington to Washington, D.C.
Born into a Virginia farming family, Commander in Chief of the ...
Sun, March 17, 2013
Squirrell Robots and Closed Control Towers
Right when America's school kids are looking forward to a Spring tour of the
White House, the Obama administration cancelled all public tours, blaming budget
cuts and Republican pig ...
Mon, March 11, 2013
A Mad Hatter Government
Just when you think it can't get any crazier, the Washington politicians go another step higher on the lunacy scale.
With the automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, cutting only ...
Wed, March 06, 2013
Government Hostile to Job Creation
The vast majority of America's small business owners, the key job creators in the economy, say that Washington's policies are hostile to job creation and antagonistic toward free enterprise, and that ...
Tue, February 26, 2013
To Each According to His Needs
The government's goal is to "narrow the growing gap between the rich and the poor" by way of confiscating "more of the profits" of companies in order "to pay for ambitious ...
Tue, January 29, 2013
Red Ink and Welfare's Failure
A slideshow presented by Pennsylvania's Secretary of Public Welfare, Gary Alexander, "Welfare's Failure and the Solution," graphically illustrates the cost and unsustainability of the ...
Tue, January 15, 2013
Debt Crisis and Candy Cigarettes
It could be worse. And it will be.
But there's also good news, and I'll get there in a few minutes after a short update on the financial shenanigans of the D.C. ...
Mon, January 07, 2013
Cliff Deal: Growing Government
So we didn't go over the fiscal cliff and instead got a deal that delivers no cuts in government spending, raises taxes on "the rich" (the definition of which consistently changes), expands ...
Tue, January 01, 2013
Good Intentions and Bad Results
"If there is any lesson in the history of ideas, it is that good intentions tell you nothing about the actual consequences," stated Thomas Sowell, economist at the Hoover Institution, ...
Tue, December 18, 2012
Taxes, 'the Rich,' and 'Fairness'
"Why so much fighting about economics?," asked a friend recently. "Economics is just logic."
Well, not exactly. The basics are logical, as in ...
Mon, December 10, 2012
Obama: Fudging the Numbers
A week after his re-election, President Obama held a news conference to push for a spending and tax agreement — and to talk about small business.
He began by saying "our top priority ...
Mon, December 03, 2012
MSNBC's Tag Team of Redistributionists
It's not hard if you have a show on MSNBC.
There's a mantra and all you do is repeat it, like a fourth grade math teachergoing over the same fractions year after ...
Sat, November 24, 2012
Obama's Switcheroo Economics
Here's President Obama in August 2009 regarding the link between tax
increases,recessions, and business growth: "The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession ...
Thu, November 08, 2012
Demography as Destiny
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle ...
Thu, November 01, 2012
'The Liar Won!'
"Well, the liar won!" That's what half the country will be saying the night of the election or the morning after, no matter who wins, given the current level of political polarization, ...
Mon, October 29, 2012
Bad Lunches Cooked Up by Central Planners
The big news out of Sweden is that lunch lady Annika Eriksson has been shut down.
Eriksson was an exceptionally creative and hardworking head cook at a school in ...
Wed, October 24, 2012
Back When Democrats Knew Economics
Eleven months before he was assassinated as he rode with his wife in the back seat of an open convertible in a motorcade through downtown Dallas, President John F. Kennedy delivered a major address ...
Mon, October 15, 2012
Mud Pies from the Labor Department
The funny thing about the Labor Department's monthly unemployment report isthat the number-crunching bureaucrats act like they're delivering high caratdiamonds when the real worth of what ...
Mon, October 08, 2012
Central Planners' Projected Crackup
The way the federal government runs things is already bad enough, but it's officially projected to get only worse, much worse, in the years ahead according to the government's own number ...
Mon, October 01, 2012
Opposite Solutions from Obama and Romney
Romney and Obama don't disagree about everything when it comes to talking about the big things that are wrong.
Both say the economy is in sorry shape, and they're ...
Mon, September 17, 2012
A Recovery in Reverse
They say the economy is moving in the right direction, that we should stay the course, be patient, that it takes time to pull out of the recession that began in late 2007.
Tue, September 04, 2012
Obamacare's Central Planning
Central planning is tricky. Castro decided that individualism was an obstacle to economic development and nearly half of Cuba's 7,000 doctors fled to the United States.
Mon, August 27, 2012
Socializing Incomes by Demonizing Success
Therewas nothing new in President Obama's admonishment that "if you've got
abusiness, you didn't build that --somebody else made that happen."
Mon, August 20, 2012
Obama's Outstanding Non Recovery
Where are the jobs? That's the first question we should be asking in what's now become the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression —or, more precisely, the longest non-recovery ...
Mon, August 13, 2012
'You Didn't Build That' Collectivism
I got an e-mail last week from a former student who graduated 18 years ago. He was reacting to President Obama's comment in Roanoke, Va., on July 13: "Look, if you've been successful, you didn't ...
Fri, July 27, 2012
'You Didn't Build That' And Income Redistribution
President Obama's "you didn't build that" comment has become a top campaign issue.
The uproar began when Obama, speaking on July 13 in Roanoke, Virginia, ...
Thu, July 19, 2012
Obama's Anti-Jobs, Anti-Business Tax Agenda
"The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession, because that would just suck up, take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole." ...
Fri, July 13, 2012
Obama's Anti-Jobs, Anti-Tax Agenda
"The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession, because that would just suck up, take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole."
Tue, July 10, 2012
Is Fairness Equality?
There's a good reminder in April's issue of The American Spectator about the warning Kurt Vonnegut delivered in his 1961 short story "Harrison Bergeron."
Tue, July 03, 2012
Obama: Off Base About the Private Sector
There’s a political ad that’s hard to miss. It shows President Obama at a recent news conference saying “the private sector is doing fine.”
Wed, June 27, 2012
'The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind'?
SEA ISLE, N.J. --- During this polarized time, it wasn't a surprise that there was a dust-up on Ocean City's boardwalk about politics.
What kicked off the battle ...
Tue, June 19, 2012
A Summer Warning About Offshore Killers
SEA ISLE, N.J. – Sunday morning started off as a nice and uneventful day at the
shore, just a little windy. The big story on the front page of The Press of Atlantic City was about which ...
Tue, June 12, 2012
Jobs and 'The Rich'
SEAISLE, N.J. ---How many pretzels does it take to build a castle in the sand?
Howmany cans of jalapeno dip does it take to build a $30 million mansion on theocean so huge that it makes the ...
Fri, May 25, 2012
Occupying for a Failed Ideology
"I think the disruption added to the excitement of the evening," said a fellow attendee at the recent Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty Award Dinner as we were leaving the ...
Mon, May 21, 2012
Greece, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and Italy (and California). In each case, the promise of more bailouts and a steady flow of cheap money only produced more reckless behavior, excessive levels of ...
Tue, May 08, 2012
Bunnies, Jobs and Better Security
It would be funny if we weren't paying for it.
Now they want us to buy chaperones for our live wire Secret Service guys.
Per year, we already spend $1.7 ...
Fri, April 27, 2012
Class Envy Via Bad Numbers
With economic "fairness" the central theme of his re-election campaign, President Obama recently pitched his "Buffett Rule" tax hike to a student audience at Florida Atlantic ...
Tue, April 17, 2012
Divisive Politics, Bad Economics
Campaigning to make economic fairness the central theme of his reelection campaign, President Obama on April 10 pitched his Buffet Rule tax hike to a student audience at Florida Atlantic ...
Tue, April 10, 2012
Media Unreliability in Zimmerman-Martin Case
"A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar," said Mark Twain.
Last week, NBC News became truthful, at least partially, when it ...
Thu, April 05, 2012
Hey! Mullahs! Leave Them Emos Alone!
No posse of morality cops ever smashed Bob Dylan's skull with concrete blocks when he changed America's music from "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore" to " ...
Wed, March 28, 2012
A Slice of Life on the Wackier Side
Every week, I think it can't get any crazier -- and then it does.
The other night I saw two grown men on TV getting thrown out of Rick Santorum's
rally at the Christian Liberty Academy in ...
Mon, March 19, 2012
Phones, Jobs Folly
I wasn't surprised by the latest report from the Commerce Department that shows the U.S. trade deficit, the excess of imports over exports, had jumped in January to the biggest imbalance in more than ...
Mon, March 12, 2012
Pie-in-the-Sky Energy Planning
"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe," said Dr. Steven Chu, Director of the Lawrence National Laboratory, in an interview with The Wall ...
Tue, March 06, 2012
Anti-Business PA is the 'worst'
Here's a headline that's sure not to boost investment and job creation in
Pennsylvania: "Wyoming First, Pennsylvania Worst In Business Taxes."
Unfortunately, it's a headline ...
Mon, February 27, 2012
Hikes in Gas Prices Eclipse Payroll Tax Cut
The Washington politicians were in full self-congratulatory form recently when the Republicans and Democrats in Congress finally displayed a moment of bipartisanship and passed the payroll tax cut ...
Mon, February 20, 2012
An Anti-Jobs, Anti-Growth Budget
The Washington crowd can't be bothered with budgets anymore -- at least not in the dictionary sense of the word, as in (a) something cheap, i.e., a budget coat, or (a) attempting to balance expenses ...
Mon, February 13, 2012
Obama on Capital Gains: No Winners
"If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes," asserted President Obama in his State of the Union speech.
Tue, February 07, 2012
Cage Fighting on the Campaign Trail
You wonder why anyone would want to run for President of the United States.
Why, especially, would someone who has it made in the shade like Mitt Romney, with a ...
Mon, January 30, 2012
Money, Money and Trump
PALM BEACH, Fla. --- The guy might have a bad comb-over and goofy TV show, but
Donald Trump is no slouch when it comes to hitting the jackpot.
A case in point is Mar-a-Lago, the biggest and ...
Mon, January 02, 2012
Obama's Tax Tune: A one-Hit Wonder?
The Macarena was ranked "The #1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time" by VH1. The
Spanish dance song by Los del Rio became a big international hit in 1995 and 1996.
Tue, December 27, 2011
Obama's Off-Base Blame Game
President Obama started off his speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, on December 6 with a positive nod to free market economics.
Referring to Theodore Roosevelt's economic ...
Tue, December 20, 2011
Cuba's Baby Steps Toward Liberty
Millions of economic transactions take place every hour in the United States, too many for any central committee inWashington to handle or even Understand, even if they all graduated with honors from ...
Mon, December 12, 2011
Counterproductive Policies, FDR to Obama
Pushing his agenda for higher taxes on "the rich," President Obama kicked off his December 6 speech in Kansas by saying his Kansas grandparents "shared the optimism of a nation that ...
Mon, December 05, 2011
It's not like the old days in China when the top guys in the Communist Party at least pretended to be pro-equality.
Back then, "poor peasants" were ...
Mon, November 14, 2011
Collectivized Train Wreck
&quot;Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder,&quot; said British historian Arnold
We're seeing exactly that today in Greece, ...
Mon, September 19, 2011
An Anti-Jobs Jobs Bill
"Pass this bill now," demanded President Barack Obama, referring to his American Jobs Act.
There's nothing new in it, just more government spending -- ...
Mon, January 03, 2011
Another Genius Idea from Central Planning
Just when it looked like employers were getting less fearful about what President Obama might do next to worsen the business climate, the National Labor Relations Board (now with its first Democratic ...
Mon, October 25, 2010
Centralized Hot Air vs. Economic Reality
Here's a short multiple-choice quiz.
Who said the following? "Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want ...
Mon, October 18, 2010
Obama: Too Foreign, Too Anti-Business
What's very weird, even a bit "foreign," not unlike how self-declared communist leader Hugo Chavez in Venezuela regularly demonizes the business sector, is how President Obama seems to have ...
Mon, October 11, 2010
Torments Ending In Tragedy
"Forty-four percent of boys say they've seen sexual images of girls in their school, and about 15 percent of them are disseminating those images when they break up with the girls," ...
Mon, October 04, 2010
Obama on Jobs: Flying Blind
The rhetoric at the White House radically changed on September 27. The event was the signing by President Obama of the Small Business Jobs Act.
Until the afternoon ...
Thu, September 30, 2010
The Backfiring of Obama's Economics of 'Fairness'
We raise taxes on things we want to discourage, like cigarettes, and we lower taxes on things we want to encourage, like education.
The idea is to manipulate ...
Mon, September 20, 2010
Castro, Obama Irrationality of Statism
At least for a few moments last week, we had the strange spectacle of President Obama sounding more like a collectivist than Fidel Castro.
With the federal payroll ...
Mon, September 13, 2010
Obama's Rich-Bashing and Economic Ignorance
With 15 million workers unemployed and another 11 million underemployed, President Obama recently decided that the answer was to hit the road and throw some anti-rich red meat to some friendly ...
Mon, September 06, 2010
My first recommendation is very basic. Don't cut. As Woody Allen stated, "Eighty percent of success is just showing up."
And it's best to show up on ...
Tue, August 31, 2010
Clingin' in Pittsburgh
Clingin' in Pittsburgh
By Ralph R. Reiland
It took only a few seconds the other day to see how candidate Obama got the idea that we have a propensity in ...
Mon, August 16, 2010
Remember those stories about Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned?
Actually, if he was really playing, it was probably a lyre, a small harp-like
stringed instrument. Fiddles weren't ...
Tue, August 10, 2010
Robbin' the Rich
Democrats in Congress, frightened by what voters are likely to do in November, have been given their marching orders by the Obama administration.
We're to be told ...
Tue, August 03, 2010
Slippin' and a-slidin'
I don't write a self-help column, or about household hints, but here's a warning about how I flew out the bathtub a few days ago.
It started with eczema, some dry ...
Tue, July 27, 2010
Big Benefits, Hot Air, Scarce Jobs
Pushing for more billions in deficit spending to extend jobless benefits to a record 99 weeks, or nearly two years, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently declared that more red ink and more dependency ...
Mon, July 19, 2010
I Won't Die for a $9 Pie
"As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right," declared Michelle Obama recently, promoting her anti-obesity agenda while addressing the annual NAACP convention.
I'd say the same thing ...
Tue, July 13, 2010
Obamanomics Out of Synch with Reality
With job creation in the private sector basically dead and a growing number of jobless workers ceasing to even look for work any longer, the number of people officially counted as part of the U.S. ...
Wed, July 07, 2010
Fish Tales and Casino Woes
SEA ISLE, N.J. --- The big news here on the beach is about sharks, whales, stripers (stripers, the fish, not strippers), and Atlantic City's casino revenues being down for the 21st month in a row, ...
Tue, June 29, 2010
Obamanomics Hillarynomics: Dumb and Dumber
With job creation in the U.S. basically at a standstill aside from some government hiring of temporary Census workers, even after a trillion-plus in stimulus spending, Hillary Clinton's answer for ...
Mon, June 21, 2010
A Short Running Magic Show
How quickly the magic and arrogance has turned into mismanagement and excuses.
Cinching his party's nomination on the night of June 3, 2008, a pumped up Barack Obama concluded his triumphal St. ...
Mon, June 14, 2010
Sea Isle, N.J. --- I don't want to sound like Burt Lancaster in the Louis Malle 1980 film "Atlantic City," but the news here today is that Busch's, the granddaddy of the big seafood ...
Mon, June 07, 2010
Obama's 'Single Dime' Hot Air
SEA ISLE, N.J.
We're sitting here on our beach chairs looking for tar balls. So far, everything's pristine. The gulls are still white, not yet looking like crows.
Tue, June 01, 2010
God, Like John Lennon, is Against Borders?
Cardinal Roger Mahony had a simple and supportive message for the tens of thousands of demonstrators in Los Angeles who were protesting against Arizona's attempt to crackdown on illegal immigrants: ...
Tue, May 25, 2010
Mi Casa es en Pakistan
Answering a student's question at a recent town hall meeting at Indian Hills
Community College in Iowa, here's how President Obama characterized the Arizona law that's designed to crack down on ...
Mon, May 17, 2010
Politically Correct Stupidity
The award this week for the craziest utterance goes to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
Quoted below is his exchange with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric ...
Mon, May 10, 2010
Obama: Stuck on Begrudge
Off the teleprompter for a few seconds while stumping for financial reform recently in Illinois, President Obama had this to say about money, incomes and success: "Now, what we're doing, I ...
Mon, May 03, 2010
Government Hurts Small Business
As the owner of a small restaurant, it felt good the other morning to open the newspaper and read this sentence: &quot;Be proud, small-business owners! You're now the most trusted group in ...
Mon, April 26, 2010
Scary TEA Parties?
The Pulitzers for top-notch journalism aren't what they used to be.
Here's the way Pulitzer winner Eugene Robinson, an associate editor and columnist for the ...
Tue, April 20, 2010
Plucking the Fortunate Chickens
Here's the news from The New York Times on the day before tax day: "Forty-seven percent. That's the portion of American households that owe no income tax for 2009. The number is up from 38 ...
Mon, April 12, 2010
He's the Florida doctor who told his patients to go elsewhere for treatment if they voted for Obama. The message posted on his office door: "If you voted for Obama, seek urological care ...
Fri, April 02, 2010
Obamacare vs Jobs
Now that ObamaCare has been enacted, we definitely won't be knocking any new
archways through the wall at our restaurant and expanding into the empty storefront next door.
With a ...
Mon, March 22, 2010
Obama's Health Care Deceptions
What became quickly obvious while watching President Obama's recent interview about health care reform with Bret Baier on FOX is that we're still not getting straight answers about the proposed ...
Mon, March 15, 2010
Obama: Perfect Formula for Self-Destruction
It's not difficult to understand the fall of Obama --- the largest presidential drop in Gallup's approval ratings in half a century. Just start with Obama's overly-cocky notion that he's exceptional ...
Mon, March 08, 2010
Losing Faith in the Feds
"The majority of Americans say the government poses an immediate threat to individual rights and freedoms," stated CNN, summarizing the results of a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation ...
Mon, March 01, 2010
American Collectivism: A Record of Failure
The hype is always better than the real thing.
Boston's Big Dig sounded like a half-decent project in the beginning. Approved in 1982 with a price tag $2.6 billion, ...
Tue, February 23, 2010
Krugman Cracks Up Over Obama's 'Lemon Socialism'
Paul Krugman, a top columnist and liberal opinion-maker at The New York Times, sounded last week like he was tied to the tracks and saw a train coming around the bend.
Mon, February 15, 2010
Obama's Anti-Business Prejudice
Whatever happened to the Constitutional concept of equal protection under the law?
Whatever happened to the recognition that it's overwhelmingly the nation's ...
Mon, January 25, 2010
Racist Codes and Naked Threats
I didn't know that trucks were racist.
Here's the exchange between MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Newsweek's Howard Fineman on election night as they watched the ...
Tue, January 19, 2010
On the Rails
I'm writing this somewhere in a swamp in Georgia, chugging northward on the Auto Train, the world's longest passenger train.
At full capacity, the train carries 650 ...
Wed, January 13, 2010
From Florida: Cold Oranges, Hot Commies
PALM BEACH, FLORIDA --- The column headline here in this morning's newspaper: "So where's my global warming, dude?"
"Dude" could be Al Gore, ...
Mon, January 04, 2010
Crotch Bombers, Caulking and Now Health Care?
So Umar Farouk Abdullmutallab got within an inch of having several hundred airline passengers fall from the sky over Detroit on Christmas day, thanks to the ongoing holes in government-run ...
Mon, December 28, 2009
The Fully Inept Tackle Health Care
As I'm writing this, they're in a panic in Congress, voting in the wee hours, bribing reluctant senators with millions in slush funds for their respective states, all to ram through a health reform ...
Mon, December 21, 2009
Greenies Gone Nuts for the Holidays
This is a tough time of year for eco-friendly global planners.
In Copenhagen they tried to put together a deal to save the world's forests while we rode around with millions of Christmas ...
Wed, December 16, 2009
Alarmists, Running Hot and Cold
Our dreadful destiny was that we were either going to starve to death or be buried by advancing glaciers in a new Ice Age.
The alleged villain was global cooling, ...
Mon, November 30, 2009
Official Hot Air
There's a new picture of Obama that's sticking in my mind, like a song that keeps playing in your head (the one that keeps playing for me this week is "Empire State of Mind," especially ...
Mon, November 23, 2009
You can't say we weren't warned ahead of time about Obama's globalist and controlling tendencies.
As candidate Obama explained in a campaign speech in Portland on ...
Tue, November 17, 2009
Scary Porches, Scarier Doctors
In news from the world of universal health care, Mark Wattson, 35, collapsed in pain in the street in Swindon, England, a month after he had his appendix removed.
Mon, November 09, 2009
Obamanomics: A 'Stimulus' for Backlash, Not Jobs
What the Democrats should have learned from their losses last Tuesday is that the advice given by political strategist James Carville to candidate Bill Clinton in the 1992 presidential campaign is ...
Mon, November 02, 2009
Gang Green Going to the Dogs
The sky-is-falling greenies are getting progressively batty.
It's not enough that we shut down our oil, gas and coal industries, bike to work, switch our light bulbs, take cloth bags to the ...
Mon, October 26, 2009
From Central Planning: We Are Going to Let You Die
I saw two stories last week that had diametrically opposed messages.
The first was pro-life in the broadest sense of the word, a breakthrough against cancer via a new tumor-targeted genetic ...
Mon, October 19, 2009
Clunker Cars, Clunker Nukes?
I don't want to sound negative, but is anyone else getting the idea that we're starting to live in Clunker Nation?
Start with the actual clunker deal where we ...
Mon, October 12, 2009
Obama's Job Killing Agenda
You ain't seen nothin' yet" was Ronald Reagan's standard rally-ending line during his 1984 reelection campaign. He won 49 states, losing only his opponent's home state, Minnesota, 49.7 percent ...
Mon, October 05, 2009
Atlas is Shrugging
The headline in Investor's Business Daily, September 16, 2009: "45% of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul."
Mon, September 28, 2009
Obama Care's 'Shovel Ready Cure'
I thought we were supposed to think that Sarah Palin was nuts for bringing up "death panels."
Now a few weeks later the cover of Newsweek has a giant plug ...
Mon, September 21, 2009
All the News That's Fit to Bury
On the morning after, there wasn't much surprise in the lobby of our D.C. hotel about the coverage in the New York Times about the previous day's Taxpayer March on Washington, a massive rally that ...
Tue, September 15, 2009
Van Jones' Green Ruse
You can't grasp the full craziness of Van Jones, Obama's now-resigned "green jobs czar" (actual job title: "Special Advisor on Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for the White House ...
Tue, September 08, 2009
Surgeons Cut Into Obamacare
President Obama's flip comments about surgeons maximizing their incomes through
unnecessary foot amputations and needless tonsillectomies have produced a biting response from the American ...
Mon, August 31, 2009
Obama's Strategy of Demonizing to Gain Control
I guess we're supposed to look at hospitals now and see nothing but gigantic butcher shops, filled with greedy doctors who are unnecessarily sawing off our feet and taking out our kids' tonsils in ...
Mon, August 24, 2009
The Deflating of Obama's Hot Air Balloon
What we're seeing with Obama's plummeting poll numbers is a quick case of buyer's remorse.
More broadly, Gallup reports that conservatives now outnumber liberals in ...
Tue, August 18, 2009
Things Getting 'Sospechoso" at White House
Like good and obedient informants for the government, we're supposed to contact Obama's snitch line to report anything "fishy" that's being said about the administration's flawed plan for ...
Tue, August 11, 2009
Redistribution via Obamacare
You'd think the central planners at the White House would go outside their small group of relatives for some top-notch expertise when they're trying to revamp something as big and complex as ...
Tue, August 04, 2009
Defund the Pork, Pay for Health Care
Here's how to get the money for health care reform, and it can be done without Congress passing another trillion in spending, without putting more job-killing mandates and taxes on business, without ...
Mon, July 27, 2009
Barack, Meet Friedrich
"This isn't about me," President Barack Obama asserted recently, maintaining that his manic push for a vote on health care reform is all about us.
Mon, July 20, 2009
A Nation of One-Eyes Sycophants?
President Obama got it right for a minute during his recent stop in Africa. "No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top," he told the ...
Mon, July 13, 2009
Barack Obama: Rush to Failure
"No more talk," said President Barack Obama in his weekly address on July 4th. "No more talk. No more delay."
He was referring to health care reform and telling us ...
Mon, July 06, 2009
A Reluctant Champ and Struggling Terrapins
SEA ISLE, N.J. --- I felt like JonBenet's mother (during the good years) last week at the dog show up on the boardwalk. Simba, our golden retriever, repeated his prize-winning performance from the ...
Wed, July 01, 2009
Beach Neurons and DC Craziness
SEA ISLE, N.J. --- After the age of 20, they say we lose about 50,000 brain cells a day. That means you'll probably lose a couple hundred just during the few minutes it takes to read this ...
Tue, June 23, 2009
Goldens Bearing Gifts
SEA ISLE, N.J. --- The big news here is that Simba, our 1 1/2-year-old golden retriever, just won "Best of Show" in this year's dog show on the boardwalk.
Mon, June 15, 2009
Class Warfare at the Beach
Sea Isle, N.J. --- I met Elaine Scattergood for breakfast last week in a little coffee shop on Dune Drive in Avalon, just a few blocks from where Utz potato chip magnate Michael Rice is putting the ...
Mon, June 08, 2009
From the Dock of the Bay
SEA ISLE, N. J. --- An article I read somewhere said that Eskimos have 100 words for snow and that Sherlock Holmes could distinguish 140 types of tobacco by their ashes.
Mon, June 01, 2009
Sunset Thoughts at the Beach
SEA ISLE, N.J. --- They had a contest here last week in The Press of Atlantic City that asked readers in 25 words or less to submit answers to this question: "Where do you want to spend the ...
Tue, May 26, 2009
Unintelligent Government 'Intelligence'
The New York Times recently reviewed "Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan," a book by Doug Stanton about how small units of ...
Tue, May 19, 2009
Socialism: Faith Trumps Reality
Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman got it right about a lot of things, but he was overly optimistic when he wrote in 1990 that socialism was dead.
Tue, May 12, 2009
Students' Confusion About Capitalism
"Only 53 percent of American adults believe capitalism is better than socialism," according to an April survey by Rasmussen.
Age made a large difference in how Americans ...
Mon, May 04, 2009
Fixing GM Via Collectivism?
I don't want to sound like an old geezer, but I remember the days when General Motors had no trouble creating plenty of excitement and glamour each fall with its annual model changes.
Tue, April 28, 2009
Crazy Word Games, from Team Obama
It looks like the "intelligence" in the Obama administration isn't too intellectual.
Instead of using the word "terrorism" to describe things ...
Mon, April 20, 2009
Obama's Message: He's Better Than America
Barack Obama likes to pat himself on the back regarding his ability to see both sides of an issue. It's through this willingness to listen to both sides, he says, that he comes up with the smartest ...
Mon, April 13, 2009
By Ralph R. Reiland
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster, wrote Friedrich ...
Mon, April 06, 2009
Nuts to the Brown-Eyed Visionaries
I'm boycotting Brazil nuts.
The top nut in Brazil, Brazil's president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvamade (big enough to be known simply as Lula, like Beyonce or Madonna) told British Prime ...
Mon, March 30, 2009
Hope, or Hopelessly Naive?
It didn't take long for Iran to brush aside President Obama's holiday video.
In his video message to Iran, complete with Farsi subtitles and timed to coincide with the celebration of the ...
Mon, March 16, 2009
Obama's Irrational Economics
Newsweek's Howard Fineman wrote in his "A Turning Tide?" column last week that "the establishment is beginning to mumble that the president may not have what it takes."
Mon, March 09, 2009
Obamanomics: Ideology over Common Sense?
"So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can," Barack Obama said during a January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's just that it will bankrupt ...
Mon, March 02, 2009
Of Mice and Pork
Lucky for a certain mouse, he resides in Nancy Pelosi's district and has a good shot at getting some of the recently passed $787 billion stimulus bill.
The rodent on the way to hitting the ...
Mon, February 23, 2009
Socialism's 'Fatal Conceit]
The appeal of socialism, wrote Nobel-winning economist F. A. Hayek, &quot;depends on the instinctual appeal of promised consequences The problem, argued Hayek, is that socialism cannot ...
Mon, February 16, 2009
Obama's Economics: Exactly the Wrong Prescription
Repeatedly talking down the American economy, Barack Obama, pushing the so-called "stimulus" package, incessantly claimed that we're "going through the worst economic crisis since the ...
Tue, February 10, 2009
King of Hope Falls Flat at Starting Gate
"Well, That Certainly Didn't Take Long" was the headline one of Maureen Dowd's recent columns in The New York Times.
Dowd, unswervingly a Bush-basher and ...
Tue, February 03, 2009
Groups vs. Individualism
The biodegradable celebratory balloons at the parties marking the election of the nation's first black (or half-black) president weren't even half-deflated before Robert Reich, economic adviser to ...
Mon, January 26, 2009
Cuba at 50: Scarce Freedom, Scarce Fish
I was in Hollywood, Florida, on January 8, the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro's triumphant arrival in Havana after shooting his way to power and ousting the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio ...
Tue, January 20, 2009
Trouble in Paradise
Given what's being called the biggest case of financial fraud ever committed by one person in American history, I figured that things would be different this year during our annual Winter Break trek ...
Wed, January 14, 2009
UAW Unionized Insecurity
General Motors lost $10.6 billion in 2006. The company lost another $38.7 billion in 2007, the largest annual loss in automotive history. Through the third quarter of 2008, GM lost another $21.2 ...
Thu, January 08, 2009
The Times' Gas Pains
Unhappy that we're no longer paying $80 for a fill-up, The New York Times wants to get the price back up to $4 or $5 a gallon by way of a hefty hike in federal taxes.
Tue, December 30, 2008
Obama's 'Rubin Constellation'
Where's the "Change we can believe in"?
On both Wall Street and in Congress, the same old crooks and party hacks who succeeded in producing the greatest ...
Mon, December 22, 2008
A U.N. Approved Christmas Dinner
The year-end news isn't pretty. The dictatorship-dominated United Nations has its eye on our Christmas hams as a key source of allegedly man-made global warming and planetary suicide.
Wed, December 17, 2008
Expressing disillusionment with Obama's top appointments in a December 7 article in The Washington Post entitled "This Wasn't Quite the Change We Pictured," David Corn, Washington bureau ...
Tue, December 09, 2008
Big 3, Big Mismanagement
It was a dead heat. General Motors sold 9.37 million vehicles worldwide in 2007 and lost $38.7 billion. Toyota sold 9.37 million vehicles in 2007 and made $17.1 billion.
Mon, December 01, 2008
Big Three Out of Gas
Things didn't go so well on November 20 when the CEOs of the Big Three automakers came to Congress, tin cups in hand, to make a pitch for another $25 billion.
Tue, November 25, 2008
Felons on the Loose
I intended to write today about why workers making $18 an hour (the median wage of the nation's 107 million full-time wage and salary workers in the third quarter of 2008, according the latest report ...
Mon, November 17, 2008
A Vote for Change?
Now that the facts are in, it's clear that the pro-Obama mainstream media continued to get it wrong right through election night.
Watching Wolf Blitzer add up the numbers on election night, ...
Mon, November 10, 2008
The Failure of Big Government Conservatism
How did the Republicans fall so fast, so completely?
In an article published on the morning of election day, "Will GOP Learn from This?," Michael D. ...
Mon, November 03, 2008
Obama vs. Jobs
I interviewed two plumbing company owners in Pittsburgh over the weekend about Barack Obama's economic proposals for small business. One has 15 employees and 12 trucks. The other has 52 employees and ...
Tue, October 14, 2008
Obama vs. Business and Jobs
Even The New York Times now says that Barack Obama's unswerving call for tax increases -- to impose more "fairness" -- is the wrong prescription during the current instability in the U.S. ...
Mon, October 06, 2008
Nice Words, Killer Friends
In March, Barack Obama's speech in Philadelphia on race was inspiring and knowledgeable.
Attempting to put the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy behind him, Obama ...
Mon, September 29, 2008
Bad Mix: Mortgages, Liberals and Community Organizers
The roots of today's mortgage-based financial crisis can be traced back to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which Jimmy Carter signed in 1977. Seeking to address complaints from anti-poverty ...
Mon, September 22, 2008
Obama and the Times Flunk Economics 101
Watching three of Wall Street's top-five investment banks — Bear Sterns, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch — vanishing as independent entities, Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf ...
Tue, September 16, 2008
Government vs. Small Business
The Eggs Benedict on a thick slice of Italian toast with a side of German potato pancakes at the Dor-Stop Restaurant in Pittsburgh is one of the best breakfasts in town.
Wed, September 10, 2008
Barack's Failed Euro-nomics
The top concern of voters this year is the economy, with 40 percent of respondents in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll rating the "economy and jobs" as their primary issue in the ...