Random Observations

Tyler Cowen Tyler Cowen is an interesting guy. His day job is teaching economics at George Mason University, which has one of the leading free-market programs in the country.  He is also the director general of the Mercatus Center, a … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Speeches (Part Two)

In the first part of this posting, I said that Donald Trump has laid out a “know nothing” economic policy.  But no one can accuse Hillary Clinton of this.  She knows exactly what each of us needs in every aspect … Continue reading

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The Milwaukee Riots

This is nauseating. The riots in Milwaukee started on August 13th when 23-year-old African-American man (Slyville Smith) with a lengthy police record was shot and killed by an African-American police officer while fleeing from a stopped car with a stolen … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Speeches (Part One)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…. Since we are talking … Continue reading

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And Then…Depression Set In

This title, a quote from the Bill Murray character in Stripes after a particularly rough day, continues the upbeat tone of my last blog.  If you read the news, then depression is the only logical emotion. More PC Madness and … Continue reading

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What Fresh Hell Can This Be?

The title to this blog, which is how humorist Dorothy Parker used to respond to her doorbell, sums up my expectations for the current American political scene.  For this reason, I have done my best to avoid the conventions, but … Continue reading

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Media Round Up Mid-July

This Episode’s Winner… …is undoubtedly Bernie Sanders.  If you haven’t seen it, this is a must and it is very brief.  When Bernie Sanders is asked by a reporter from Univision, the Spanish language television channel, to explain the failure … Continue reading

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The Son Also Rises: A Lesson in Opportunity Cost

(Dear Reader: This is the first in what will become a regular feature of this blog, “The Son Also Rises” series. These postings are done by Artus Barris – hence the hopefully witty allusion to Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, … Continue reading

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The Cobbler’s Children Have No Shoes

Ilya Shapiro, who is responsible for constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, has recently published a piece about the Obama administration’s performance in the Supreme Court. Before going further, it should be remembered that the only … Continue reading

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A Path to Bremain

It has been “all change” on the UK political scene since the Brexit vote. The bromance between Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, the two leaders of the Brexit campaign from the Conservative Party (aka, the “Tories”), was short-lived.  Johnson was … Continue reading

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