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Elaine Chao – Unshackle America’s Shovels!

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:23:36 +0000

George Will makes a good point in a National Review article on infrastructure spending. The money needs to be spent precisely in those areas where the regional economy is doing well. You get far more multiplier effects – hard not to sound Keynesian when talking infrastructure spending – when you upgrade bridges, ports, airports, and […]



L’affair Romney: Did Kellyanne Conway Underestimate Trump?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:00:05 +0000

It would be silly to speculate on the menu, but one can’t help but wonder about the details of Trump and Romney’s private dinner – on Tuesday evening – with their wives accompanying them. Will it be a formal if intimate setting, with aides just out of earshot? Like a dinner between two heads of […]



Cuba and America – Before and After Castro

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:16:25 +0000

In all the articles and editorials commenting on Fidel Castro’s death and his unfortunate legacy with regard to Cuba, precious little has been written about the island’s history before, well before, Castro rode a battered truck into Havana in early 1959. Cuba did not suddenly become a problem, previously unimagined and ignored, when Castro and […]



Progressives in Angry Denial

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:16:00 +0000

Was the Turkey well-dressed? As in all that delicious, chopped and diced and spiced stuff that gets stuffed inside the ceased-to-be, expired, late fowl that can provide leftovers for nearly a week. Because if you thought that now America could – in the spirit of that thanksgiving that has been the nation’s legacy and lodestone […]



Will President Trump Get to Keep His Business Empire?

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:50:12 +0000

Have you considered the emoluments clause of the constitution lately? Because it seems that those worried about, or angry about, Trump’s business interests are now fixated on this obscure corner of America’s supreme law. While experts argue over whether it even applies to the office of the president, it does provide ammunition for opposing legislators, […]



The Shareef at Justice Don’t Like It

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 03:40:37 +0000

Quite a few years ago now, in the middle of Reagan’s first term with a recession hanging over the economy, there was a band that came out with a protest song. The kind of song that would have got them shamed and denounced and possibly even paying a fine. Had they written and performed their […]



Earmarks: Congress Wants to Dam the Swamp

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:40:10 +0000

Speaker Ryan, heeding voter anger, postponed a vote – a secret ballot – in the House of Representatives on earmarks. And yes, he used the phrase “drain the swamp” when he managed to convince his colleagues to at least hold off on the vote. But that didn’t stop Florida’s Tom Rooney – one of the […]



Earmarks and the Secret House Vote

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:40:36 +0000

The bridge to nowhere would have been splendid. Hundreds of millions of dollars to build an enormous bridge to a tiny island off Alaska’s coast. Where, thankfully, a ferry instead continues to provide good service at a very reasonable cost. Because the infamous bridge to nowhere did not get built. Not yet at least. But […]



Sanctuary Cities and the Constitution

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:07:54 +0000

Apparently there are over 30 so-called sanctuary cities in America, where police forces are instructed to refuse to ascertain the legal status of anyone they detain whom they might otherwise suspect to be an illegal immigrant. It started in 1979 in Los Angeles with an internal police department policy. Now the current chief of police […]



Three Speeches in Ten Hours

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:40:58 +0000

There were three key speeches in the past 10 hours. First Trump’s speech was honestly and graciously inclusive in a way that surprised many. There was no gloating, and only some celebration, mostly in recognizing the movement he has led, and those who worked hard to help his astonishing victory take place. Including a big […]



Swooning Markets and America’s Voters

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 23:47:04 +0000

Markets discount what’s to come. People put their mouths, or fingers to the keyboard, in support of where their money is. And there is nothing like the threat of losing money – or making money, although the fear of losing money is apparently more powerful as a motivator for us frail human beings – to […]



Has America Given Up on the Future?

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:58:16 +0000

America has had a baby boomer in the White House since January 1993, when Bill Clinton was sworn in. And now America is about to get another baby boomer – whether Hillary or Trump – when the swearing in takes place next inauguration day, Friday, January 20, 2017. Unless an Electoral College tie forces a […]



What’s a Little Bias When Your Future As a Hack Is in Play?

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:59:07 +0000

It’s not just that Alicia Machado – the Venezuelan ex-beauty queen with a suspicious and possibly violent past – was dragged out on stage, again, as a warm up act for Hillary’s full frontal assault on Trump’s machismo. No, the media also dutifully repeat the highlights of Machado’s speech, just to make sure the voting […]



Both Reid and Trump Undermine Faith in the Electoral Process

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 23:36:48 +0000

How can voters be expected to show faith in the political institutions of America when those who run these very same institutions are partisan to such an extent that any outcome that is not to their partisan advantage is immediately dismissed as unfair? Or even illegal? If we don’t win, it must be rigged. While […]



Hillary’s Server Scandal Reaches Critical Mass

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:09:04 +0000

You thought the storm had passed, and that your ship was sailing into safe harbor, well before the bitter winds of winter would make the seas unnavigable. But you were only in the eye of the hurricane, you misguided power seeker. And now you must reap the whirlwind, and its bitter, bracing gusts of unpleasantness. […]



Are the Pollsters Right This Time?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:08:05 +0000

Given that the media is – mostly – in a full court press to ensure that voters do not make the apparent mistake of voting for Donald Trump, is it any surprise that polls are viewed skeptically? Especially given the wide divergence between different polls – or pollsters’ methodology to be more accurate – this […]



The Enemy in Your Kitchen

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:40:03 +0000

Imagine you have a secret weapon in your home. One that you don’t even think of as a weapon. A vital oh-so-common household appliance that may have been weaponized. And is being used to launch denial of service or other internet attacks on key nodes of the world wide web. Or is even collecting data […]



Obamacare Is Collapsing – Would Ryan’s PCA Do Better?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:06:20 +0000

Obamacare – ok the Affordable Care Act, is that better? – is collapsing, state by state. Younger healthier potential enrollees are not enrolling. The incentives – how much premiums you pay and what kind of deductible you face and what kind of coverage you get – are making them choose to stay away and defer […]



Will Voter Disgust Crush Ticket-Splitting?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:57:24 +0000

What is Guccifer 2.0 up to now? He’s claiming that Trump’s tax returns filed last May ended up “immediately” on DNC servers. And he’s claiming that the Democratic National Committee, in conjunction with media allies, is getting ready to release financial documents relating presumably to Trump’s tax returns. Just in time for the last debate? […]



Two Scandals and An Ugly Choice

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:32:24 +0000

How good are you at cryptography? Can you describe how a brute force attack works? Without googling it or going to Wikipedia. How up to date are you on the government’s system of classifying information? A little shaky when it comes to these sorts of matters? Like the overwhelming majority of us? On the other […]



Is Trump Now Burning Man?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:12:13 +0000

Yes, each new revelation (usually an older story) is part of a carefully timed media strategy to discredit Trump. Yes, the NYTimes and the folks at WaPo and at various mainstream media platforms despise Trump, and would love to see him lose badly come November. If even half of these accusations are correct, however, then […]



The GOP Civil War and the Women of Masada

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:54:28 +0000

The end of days are upon us. Sound a little too dramatic? Not if you’re a conservative Republican like David French, who recently wrote in the National Review that Christians can only really pray and repent as Trump’s campaign descends into a civil war with his own party. Crisis can mean “a turning” in the […]



St. Louis – We Are Divided; All of Us

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:31:30 +0000

Right after the debate, on Fox News, Megyn Kelly’s hand was cupped like an eagle’s talons as she rhetorically pushed back against Laura Ingraham’s downplaying of Trump’s 2005 video. Kelly was referring to Trumps comments about grabbing women, and she was being uncomfortably explicit with her quick but unmistakable gesture, even as her words were […]



The Gang of 30 Unleashes on Trump

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:08:47 +0000

Why wait until Friday if you want to be noticed? So a group of 30 GOP former legislators added their names to the NeverTrump universe in an open letter to their fellow Republicans. Trump is neither temperamentally nor intellectually fit to be president seems to be their opinion. The list of qualities of character they […]



David Brooks Buries the Soiled Unlovelies

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:41:20 +0000

Have you heard of the lovely society? No it’s not a quaint reference to salon life in the Belle Epoque or the Gilded Age. It’s a philosophical concept courtesy of the once-conservative David Brooks, writing in the NYTimes. Roll up your sleeves fellow citizens and do your part. If you are to be part of […]



Don’t Trust Hillary? Just Look at Trump’s Returns!

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:23:29 +0000

The full court press is on. Even if the NBA doesn’t officially start until the 25th, we have the H team hard at work tossing the Tax Trump Story from one pair of eager hands, ready to draw blood at the keyboard, to another. Like an under appreciated point guard, the NYT’s Susanne Craig felt […]



Remember to Go Through Maloney

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:28:44 +0000

Just around the time Mary Tyler Moore – make that Mary Richards of course – was moving to Minneapolis, a young college grad from North Carolina moved to NYC and became a teacher. The year Jimmy Carter was elected, she married a banker, having lived through the city’s financial near-collapse. And when the Mary Tyler […]



Does Trump Deserve the Volume?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:39:13 +0000

Panic in the campaign headquarters. Pressure on the candidate. Mainstream Media sounding the alarms. Yes, Hillary’s campaign has plenty to ponder according to the pundits. Is this the media finally turning a more critical eye on the Democratic nominee? Not really. It’s more like an outsourcing of a portion of her campaign strategy and tactics […]



Trump Needs to Let Go of His Brand

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:27:09 +0000

As the left, from Vox to Politico and from CNN to MSNBC, delight at what they see as Trump’s poor first debate performance, here’s an idea that Donald Trump could use to boost his next performance. Show that the presidency of the United States of America matters more to you than your brand. Because that’s […]



Obama’s Memo and Aleppo’s Weather

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:09:46 +0000

You’re nearly as dumb as Gary Johnson, who apparently doesn’t need cannabis to go from affable to really weird at the drop of a hat. You know why you are? Because you don’t get Aleppo. Just like Gary, despite his protestations of: oh, yeah, got it. You don’t get it however. Here’s why. Aleppo is […]