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The Un-gaffe-able Hillary Clinton

What a troublesome election season. My wife and I have argued for days . . . over which one of us first blurted out that Clinton’s statement about Mosul, Iraq, in the final presidential debate, was flat-out wrong. Geographically. Map-wise. Iraqi and Kurdish troops (with U.S. “advisors” and air cover)

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Successful Strategy Fails

A dark cloud hangs over tonight’s debate. Not the sex assault scandals. Not the WikiLeaks email apocalypse. Not even the banning of Gov. Gary Johnson from the debate stage. I refer, instead, to the obvious failure of American foreign policy. Last week, U.S. warships in the Red Sea received missile

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Trump’s Road Rage

There is no reason why the states shouldn’t handle their own infrastructure. Not only in funding, but in direction and method of production and “distribution.” But politicians aiming for the presidency tend not to even consider that heresy. And journalists, of course, tend to rah-rah for the nationalist planning notion,

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The Choice That Isn’t

Americans are used to being betrayed by their political representation. This long series of infidelities has led to the current predicament, where the Republican and Democratic parties present us with the opposite of what most Americans want. Why this vexing stalemate? History. The current Democratic President, Mr. Obama, gained both

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Crime and Terror and Panic

Many people think crime is going up. But it’s going down. Similarly, many people think terrorism is “an existential threat” to our very civilization. Could the latter folks be wrong for the same reason the former folks are? Because news reporting concentrates on crime, covering it intensely, incessantly — if

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The Two-Product Economic System

What if our economy worked like our political system? Only two major companies would provide any particular product for sale. But don’t worry — we’d still have a solid choice between “This Product Is Obnoxious” and “I Don’t Trust This Product.” Those two companies would create a non-profit entity —

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Settled Science?!?

You probably know that America’s sugar industry is protected, making astounding profits because of high tariffs and artificially raised consumer prices. And you likely know that government has worked hand-in-hand with agribiz interests to cook up (and regulate) a competitive sweetener, high fructose corn syrup. You understand that there are

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Greedy Union Bosses

Since the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a union, you might assume it holds that workers should be unionized. Or, at the very least, that workers should have a right to unionize, if they so choose. But you would be mistaken. Similarly, many unions, most notably the SEIU, have

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When Parasites Collide

There are times I wish I were a tax accountant. You know, just so I could better understand the news. The European Commission has handed Apple, Inc., a $14.5 billion tax bill. Owed to Ireland. Apple, the tax commissioners said, had paid too little in taxes to Ireland, amounting to

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Naked Came the Pickle

Last week, Donald Trump’s enemies staged an “emperor has no clothes” gag in full view of the public. It was a caricature of Trump, and featured him fat, old, and nude . . . and gave us a full view of the pubic. Titled “The Emperor Has No Balls,” it

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Venezuela’s New Firing Squad

We’ve watched Venezuela’s big-daddy socialism descend into dystopia: Arbitrary arrests of political opponents; An economy managed by government decree, in which inflation “may top 700 percent this year” and toilet paper, food and medicine are in terribly short supply; The once oil-rich country has become “the worst performing economy in

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Whose Side Are They On?

Excuse me if I drive over familiar roadways. But we are witnessing one of the great revolutions in human cooperation. And our governments and politicians are working mightily to block traffic. I refer, of course, to Uber and Lyft and the like. The innovation that these companies bring to market?

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