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Ralph R. Reiland

Ralph R. Reiland

The B. Kenneth Simon Professor of Free Enterprise at Robert Morris University


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Ralph R. Reiland

    Mon, August 20, 2018

    Church Abuse

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, the chief law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, called it the “weaponization of faith,” concerning the tactics and methods ...

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    Mon, August 13, 2018

    Romanticized Tyranny

    You know how it’s supposed to work.

    First, you spend the greater part of your life killing, hating, training murderers, supporting a policy of a largescale ...

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    Tue, July 17, 2018

    Crabs, Blueberries and Hard Work

    SEA ISLE, N.J.

    I was in the produce aisle of a grocery store last Wednesday in Sea Isle, putting two of those small one-pint containers of blueberries in my cart ...

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    Tue, May 29, 2018

    Utopian Dreams and False Solutions

    It doesn't take long under communism before pie-in-the-sky fantasies about classlessness turn into tyrannical rule by party elites, bogus elections, collapsing economies, and then repression and ...

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    Wed, May 16, 2018

    Misogyny Gone Crazy

    Let's say you're a guy on the angry and misogynist fringe who is unlucky in love and your resultant philosophy says you're entitled to kill women at random, and further entitled to launch attacks ...

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    Thu, May 03, 2018

    Are Medical Marijuana Results All Positive?

    On a recent, unusually sunny afternoon when I was driving to Pittsburgh from Ligonier, I couldn’t help but notice that it looked like the health branch of the local pot dealers had been out in ...

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    Thu, February 15, 2018

    Small Business and Tax Reform

    Over milkshakes and root beer floats at a Wally’s Burger Express in Austin, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn held a roundtable discussion on tax reform with three local small business owners several weeks ...

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    Mon, January 29, 2018

    Billions in Pharma Riches, Millions Hooked

    Tom Petty, 66, died in October from a drug overdose caused by the mixing of medications involving opioids.

    Eighteen months earlier it was a strikingly similar ...

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    Wed, January 17, 2018

    Trickle Down Denial

    "Why’d you write the column in the newspaper about the success of trickle-down economics during the Kennedy administration?,” a business acquaintance of mine, a hardworking owner of a small ...

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    Mon, December 11, 2017

    Harassment Rooted in Inequality

    With the floodgates open on accusations of sexual harassment (and worse) following the bombshell report that surfaced in October about Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent tidal wave of cases that ...

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    Mon, December 04, 2017

    More Left Wing Intolerance

    I suppose the right thing for a university economist to be currently writing about is the Republican tax cut proposal that’s jerking its way around Congress, along with a projection of how the ...

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    Mon, November 20, 2017

    On the Left: Tolerable Intolerance?

    Continuing in the tradition of George Orwell’s War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength slogans of seemingly contradictory character in his book 1984, the ironically named ...

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    Wed, November 01, 2017

    Slipshod Politics and Lethal Economics

    Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress, but I repeat myself,” said Mark Twain.

    Fittingly, our politicians keep stumbling, some ...

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    Mon, October 23, 2017

    Tax Cuts and Less Misery

    Inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States in January 1981, Ronald Reagan inherited the worsening stagflation
    of the 1970s, a deteriorating economy with simultaneously escalating ...

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    Mon, October 16, 2017

    Take a Ratings Hit

    The fluctuating costs of activist quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the 49ers and NFL were never cheap. starting with his $126
    million seven-year contract signed in 2014, an average of $18 ...

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    Mon, October 09, 2017

    Liberty via Tyranny?

    As a follow-up to his original refusal to stand during the national anthem at a 49ers’ preseason game on August 14, 2016, San Francisco’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick wore a shirt to a news ...

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    Fri, September 22, 2017

    The Unease of comfort

    Delving into the apparent social anxiety of being rich and the personal angst connected to being at the upper levels of income and wealth in the pyramid of inequality in the United States, “Rich ...

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    Wed, September 13, 2017

    More Deadly Than War

    “Drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the United States most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States,” according to “new data compiled from hundreds of ...

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    Thu, September 07, 2017

    Next Up, Tax Reform

    After eight months of more big talk than big accomplishments, including the failure to produce a cogent alternative to ObamaCare after seven years of bellyaching, the inept Congress and squabbling ...

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    Mon, July 10, 2017

    Stuffed Flounder and Cheesy Minarets

    SEA ISLE, N.J. Donald Trump, as expected, is a steady topic in the news here, but it’s also newsworthy in this locale that summer flounder at five and six pounds apiece, two feet long, like ...

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    Fri, June 09, 2017

    Deplorable Votes Matter

    In his June 5 column, “Why Elites Hate: The liberal contempt for middle America is baked into the idea of identity politics,” Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn maintained that ...

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    Mon, June 05, 2017

    Hidden Injuries of Classism

    Twenty years before Donald Trump earthquaked the political system, Jim Goad's "The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies, Hicks, and White Trash Became America's Scapegoats" was published by ...

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    Tue, May 30, 2017

    Trump, Popes and Walls

    Could it be that Donald Trump is mellowing?

    Known for his harsh monikers to put down his critics -- little Marco, Pocahontas, lying Ted, low-energy Bush, ...

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    Thu, May 04, 2017

    Tax Cuts Matter

    "At Eureka College, my major was economics," wrote Ronald Reagan in his autobiography, An American Life, "but I think my own experience with our tax laws in Hollywood probably taught ...

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    Fri, April 21, 2017

    A Navy SEAL's Message to Graduates

    "Make Your Bed" was in the top spot last week in a New York Times best sellers list.

    The book by Naval SEAL Admiral William H. McRaven expands on his ...

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    Wed, April 05, 2017

    Imagine, Part II: Peace, Love and Violent Fantasies

    With more spook and snoop accusations surfacing nearly every day related to supposed Russkie moles penetrating Trump's inner circle, followed each night by a string of Trump-phobic hosts on MSNBC ...

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    Fri, March 10, 2017

    Presidential 'Know How'

    We seem only to become more politically frustrated and polarized as one president after another fails in their promise to forge a national unity and bridge our ideological divides.

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    Mon, February 20, 2017

    On the Brink?

    The latest magazine covers in the news/politics section of my local Barnes and Noble seem to be saying we're on the brink of something like the coup d'etat in 1973 against the Allende government in ...

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    Fri, February 10, 2017

    Bipartisan Rivers of Red Ink

    When President George W. Bush took office in 2001, the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left eight years later it was almost $10.7 trillion, a near doubling, adding approximately as much red ...

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    Mon, January 16, 2017

    Dumb and Dumber

    It's early in the year, but the dumbest burglar of 2017, captured on multiple cameras, might be the fellow who tried repeatedly on a bright Florida morning to break into Spy Spot Investigations, a ...

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    Thu, January 05, 2017

    'Who-ya now, Einstein?'

    The above question is what parents around the world might say to a supercilious kid who acts like he knows everything -- Einstein as
    a global synonym for genius.

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    Tue, December 27, 2016

    Still Stuck on Divided

    It was a half century ago, 1968, when Richard Nixon popularized the slogan "Bring Us Together" during his presidential campaign.

    He didn't get close to ...

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    Mon, November 14, 2016

    Obama's Basket of Economic Deplorables

    "As I have said before, I think of this job as being a relay runner," President Obama said on the day before his briefing meeting at the White House with President-elect Trump, referring ...

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    Fri, October 28, 2016

    White House's Overflowing In Box

    No matter whether it's Trump or Clinton who wins the election, the victor will be confronted with an inbox brimming over with acute social and economic difficulties.

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    Tue, October 25, 2016

    The Economics of Growth

    It took some time in the second presidential debate to get to economics, given the focus on Donald Trump's self-described "locker room talk," Hillary Clinton's alleged enabling of Bill ...

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    Mon, October 10, 2016

    Same Old Bogeyman

    During their first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton referred to Donald Trump's proposals for economic recovery as "Trumped-Up Trickle-Down," a reference to the so-called ...

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    Tue, September 20, 2016

    Old Friends and Presidential Politics

    Well, I looked younger than anyone there.

    Sitting at the bar in suburban Pittsburgh before a reunion party, I heard the same thing from two people entering the ...

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    Mon, August 01, 2016

    Hillary Flunks Economics 101

    Overall, business investments are directly correlated with higher levels of job creation, better wages, less destitution and more economic security. That's a basic fact from Economics-101 that ...

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    Mon, July 18, 2016

    Analysis Finds No Racial Bias in Lethal Force

    The article by Times' editors Quoctrung Bui and Amanda Cox summarizes a new study by Harvard economics professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. that focuses on how blacks are treated in the hands of law ...

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    Fri, July 08, 2016

    Populist Insurgency

    Around the world, voices cry out: Power To The People" blared the cover page of the New York Post, spotlighting Britain's historic vote to split from the European Union, an unprecedented and ...

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    Wed, May 25, 2016

    Selective Diversity

    President Obama'sNational Security Adviser Susan Rice stated in her May 11th
    CommencementAddress at Florida International University that there are too many
    white malesin top jobs in ...

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    Fri, May 06, 2016

    Partisan 'Fairness'

    "Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed," pronounced I. F. Stone (1907-1989), American investigative journalist and iconoclastic author.

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    Thu, April 14, 2016

    Violence, Race and Solutions

    It didn't take long to hear some unsolicited comments from some friends and acquaintances about the firing by a local television station of a longtime news anchor after she posted Facebook comments ...

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    Mon, April 11, 2016

    How the World Works

    Perhaps not to Millennials, but the economic performance is undeniable. What works best in delivering the goods is capitalism.
    What's unsurpassed in improving the human condition for the ...

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    Thu, March 31, 2016

    Devils and Anti-Capitalists

    People believe some funny stuff -- some of it religious, some of it about economics.

    A long-running idea in the Catholic Church, for instance, says the devil can be ...

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    Tue, March 22, 2016

    Screwball Economics

    With Bernie Sanders running as a self-identified unbought politician and "democratic socialist," Hillary Clinton repeatedly proclaiming "I am a progressive," Donald Trump ...

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    Wed, March 09, 2016

    Economic Folly, Uninterrupted

    "The Justice Department has granted immunity to a former State Department staffer, who worked on Hillary Clinton's private email server, as part of a criminal investigation into the possible ...

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    Tue, January 19, 2016

    No End to Lunacy

    Jessica, 16, a sophomore at a Seattle high school, volunteered for a weeklong community service project in a third-grade classroom at a public school.

    "At the ...

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    Tue, January 05, 2016

    2016: Positive Prognosis?

    As luck would have it, we made it through another year without a successful energy grid attack by the medieval fundamentalists or Russian antagonists who are seeking to paralyze America into darkness ...

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    Wed, December 23, 2015

    Yes, The End is Near

    I hadn't seen this friend for years when I ran into him recently at the mall. "The end is near," was the first thing he said.

    I didn't know if he was ...

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    Mon, November 30, 2015

    Too Brittle for School?

    One way I can tell I'm getting old, aside from it taking more time to get my socks on in the morning, is that my ideas might seem to some to be outmoded or, as I've been more flippantly described ...

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    Mon, November 23, 2015

    Blood Money

    What were the two sides in that bloody Friday night in Paris?
    Writing in Esquire, "There Is Only One Way to Defeat ISIS," November 14, 2015, Charles P. Pierce described that evening's ...

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    Tue, November 17, 2015

    Helping the Downtrodden?

    "Unfairly targeted" and "disproportionately punished" appears to be the final rallying cry of the Obama administration — sort of like a grand finale after a prolonged series ...

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    Wed, October 28, 2015

    Price and Demand: Cars and Labor

    A basic principle from Economics-101 is that the downward sloping demand curve -- the graph showing an inverse relationship between the price of something and the amount that people are willing and ...

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    Tue, October 20, 2015

    Reaganomics vs. Obamanomics

    I'll catch up a bit today in providing some responses to emailed questions and comments about economics from readers regarding some of my recent columns.

    First, ...

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    Tue, October 13, 2015

    Papalnomics: Not So Infallible

    Here's a quick question I received via email from a reader who said I was too negative in one of my columns about President Obama's economic record: "Does the economics of Pope Francis better ...

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    Tue, September 29, 2015

    Obamanomics: Puffery vs. Reality

    A disconcerting combination of haughtiness and inaccuracy was on full display by President Obama during his farewell visit on July 21st, 2015 to Jon Stewart's Daily Show.

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    Mon, September 14, 2015

    Race and Crime: Assumptions and Reality

    Nobel Prize-winning novelist and celebrated black author Toni Morrison said she wanted "to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back" before she'd agree that America's ...

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    Mon, September 07, 2015

    Unforced Error: Minimum Wage Hike

    "Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higherwages," President
    Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address on Jan.20, 2015.

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    Mon, August 03, 2015

    Hillary: Small Business President?

    Hillary Clinton announced in May that she wanted to be "a small-business president."

    She would "cut the red tape," that's tying down America's ...

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    Tue, July 21, 2015

    Greeks, Germans and Flying Crockery

    "Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt," advised Benjamin Franklin.

    That seems to be not exactly how the Greeks see things, where ...

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    Thu, July 16, 2015

    A Day at the Beach

    SEA ISLE, N.J.

    The sun was shining and the beach looked relaxing – and safe – until we stopped at a local bait shop to ask what's biting.

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    Mon, July 06, 2015

    The Road to Hell . . .

    The proverb "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" isquoted by Jeffrey
    Brown, professor of finance at the University of Illinois, inhis acclamation for
    Thomas E. Hall's ...

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    Mon, June 29, 2015

    Doesn't Work and Can't be Fired

    Here's the phony ad copy for a gun that a friend recently emailed to me: "Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of the Senate and House of Representatives. It will be named 'The ...

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    Tue, June 16, 2015

    Senseless Politics, Harebrained Economics

    Just when you think it can't get any more anti-business, anti-jobs, anti-growth, anti-capitalist and just plain economically nonsensical among presidential candidates than Hillary Clinton's 's ...

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    Thu, June 11, 2015

    Lie-based Victimology Produces Violence

    "A lie has overtaken significant parts of the country, resulting in growing mass hysteria," recently wrote Heather Mac Donald, contributing editor of City Journal, an influential and ...

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    Tue, May 26, 2015

    Federal Dysfunction Unabated

    Now, on top of Secret Service agents frolicking with hookers inthe hotels they're supposed to be securing for President Obama's impendingvisits, the news is even worse about yet another allegedly top ...

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    Wed, May 20, 2015

    Federal Dysfunction

    "The likelihood of lawsbeing enforced is slim," said Democrat Commissioner Ann M. Ravel, chairwoman ofthe Federal Election Commission, in a recent New York Times interview regardingmoney ...

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    Tue, May 12, 2015

    Justice for All Minorities?

    The New York Times reported in a May 3 front-page article that "residents say arsonists singled out Asian-American owned businesses during the rioting" in Baltimore's Sandtown. That's the ...

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    Mon, May 04, 2015

    Baltimore's Tough Streets

    Petula Dvorak, a Washington Post columnist, writes that she went to Baltimore to get a firsthand look at how the poorest of the poor live. In short order, she got robbed and knocked around.

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    Tue, April 28, 2015

    The Last Line of Defense?

    The job of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with its $7.3 billion budget and 45,000 screeners, is to prevent another 9/11 attack, to spot and stop guys like Umar Farouk ...

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    Mon, April 20, 2015

    Hillary Fiction

    Below are several quotes that reveal a flawed understanding of how the U.S. economy operates and a lack of recognition of how economic freedom, individual incentives, free enterprise and limited ...

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    Mon, April 13, 2015

    Pot, Hillary Iran

    I'd say the one thing we don't need is more drug abuse, but a new green light to more drugs is exactly what was unintentionally produced by Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, an effect ...

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    Mon, March 23, 2015

    Economic Fairness

    "What constitutes fairness and justice has been debated for centuries," wrote Walter E. Williams, economics professor at George Masson University in Fairfax, Va., in his February 11, 2015 ...

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    Tue, March 17, 2015

    No Man, No Problem

    "Death solves all problems --- no man, no problem," declared Joseph Stalin, the dictator of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) who consolidated his infamous reign of terror ...

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    Fri, March 13, 2015

    Poor Business Climate = Crummy Economy

    In evaluating Pennsylvania's economic performance, a good place to start is by measuring how the state is doing compared with other states.

    In a ranking of states ...

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    Fri, March 13, 2015

    The Hazards of Blind Obedience

    "It is only those who hope to transform human beings who end up by burning them, like the waste product of a failed experiment," wrote Christopher Hitchens, years before ISIS released a ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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.

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    Mon, October 20, 2014

    Deadly 'Security'

    Rarely have we witnessed such a barrage of organizational failures that threatened the fundamental security of the United States.

    From the Secret Service blunders ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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," ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.

    First, ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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."

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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 ...

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    Tue, July 30, 2013

    Black Men Dying in Our Cities

    "The madness," in stunning numbers
    By Ralph R. Reiland


    "Detroit Free ...

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    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. ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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) -- ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 06, 2013

    Thatcher's Revolution

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Wed, April 24, 2013

    Thatcher's Revolution

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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. ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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, ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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, ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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."

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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, ...

    [View Full Article]

    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." ...

    [View Full Article]

    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."

    [View Full Article]

    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."

    [View Full Article]

    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.”

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 21, 2012

    Deadbeat Economics

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 " ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 05, 2011

    Crony Communism

    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 ...

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    Mon, November 14, 2011

    Collectivized Train Wreck

    "Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder," said British historian Arnold

    We're seeing exactly that today in Greece, ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 -- ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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," ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, September 06, 2010

    Back-to-School Advice

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, August 16, 2010

    Monkeying Around

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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. ...

    [View Full Article]

    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, ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 14, 2010

    Beach News

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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: ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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: "Be proud, small-business owners! You're now the most trusted group in ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 12, 2010

    Dr. Galt

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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, ...

    [View Full Article]

    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.

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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, ...

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    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    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, ...

    [View Full Article]

    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 ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 23, 2009

    Imperial Hypocrisy

    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 ...

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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."

    The ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.

    In ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Mon, April 13, 2009

    Creating Monsters

    Creating Monsters
    By Ralph R. Reiland

    Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster, wrote Friedrich ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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."

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Mon, February 23, 2009

    Socialism's 'Fatal Conceit]

    The appeal of socialism, wrote Nobel-winning economist F. A. Hayek, "depends on the instinctual appeal of promised consequences The problem, argued Hayek, is that socialism cannot ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    Wed, December 17, 2008

    Progressive Dissatisfaction

    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 ...

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    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.

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    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.

    The ...

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    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 ...

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    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, ...

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    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. ...

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    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 ...

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    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. ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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.

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    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 ...

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