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Big Government Apologetics

Journalists play different roles. Too few report. Too many engage in elaborate apologetics for favored causes. Like big government. Take this headline: “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Rooted In Oil Prices — and Authoritarianism.” Guess: reporting, or bending over backwards to save socialism? The article’s summary of the decline and fall of

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More of the Same?

For those who hated NAFTA, and have supported Donald Trump in his complaints about “the very bad deal” that the North American Free Trade Agreement [allegedly] has been, I ask: what was bad about NAFTA that isn’t in Donald Trump’s new version, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement? Actual question. I am

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Retreat to Atlanta

“California is the place you oughta be” — or so sang Jerry Scoggins for The Beverly Hillbillies. That may still hold true, if you are an oil millionaire retiring to a pleasant climate. But if you are trying to make your fortune, the direction is outbound. Take, for example, the

The Ambit of an Ambition

“The geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour: the time for European sovereignty has come,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week, staking a big claim for the future in this year’s State of the Union Address. Juncker wants the EU to be a shiny new “global player,” but shies

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Wisdom for Labor Day

“…a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government…” –Thomas Jefferson,

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Never Trust a Politician

One of my more persistent critics on this site asked, last week, why I might believe anything the current president says — considering all the lies. For reasons of decorum I won’t repeat his exact wording. The odd thing about the comment was not the vulgarity, though (unfortunately). It was

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Most Outrageous Negotiation Strategy Yet

The best defense of Donald Trump’s presidency, so far? He is smarter than the rest of us, and knows how to negotiate with bad guys and insider players. We have to discount what he is saying, the theory goes, because he is not telling truths . . . obviously.  He

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No Other Options?

Long I have criticized the Washington, DC, Metro — the transit authority in our nation’s imperial capital — most recently in March. But I am foursquare in support of the government body’s recent hazard warning: “Only take Metro if you have no other option.” Good general principle. But what’s the

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Driven to Sanity

Having the federal government centrally plan the economy is “a huge waste of everyone’s time and resources” states an amazingly common-sensical Washington Post editorial. “In a well-functioning modern economy, businesses are generally free to buy and sell the things they need, absent a compelling public need for government intervention,” the

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The Trump Trade Enigma

President Donald J. Trump, former “reality TV” star, often seems merely to skirt reality. “Our trade deficit ballooned to $817 billion,” President Trump exaggerated to the “men and women of U.S. Steel” last week.  “Think of that. We lost $817 billion a year over the last number of years in

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Trump’s Biggest Secret?

“This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers,” says Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), “and White House’s ‘plan’ is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches.” Referring to Donald Trump’s tariff brinksmanship with China, Sasse is decrying Trump’s request to Congress for compensatory farm subsidies. Sasse insists that

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Poison Is Poisonous

Venezuela’s socialist economy has been collapsing. No big mystery. If, out of hostility to capitalism, a society keeps destroying everything that production, trade, and prosperity depend upon, the economy suffers. The benefits of markets don’t flow no matter what. One assault has taken the form of hyperinflation — runaway printing

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