Think Freely Media presents Common Sense with Paul Jacob

Archives

Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Paul Jacob, hated, MOST HATED MAN , term limits , Bob Novack

The Most Hated

I’ve been robbed!!! By Ted Cruz, no less. Yes, without so much as a passing “Howdy-do,” the Texas senator stole my cherished public mantel, simply waltzed in and snatched what was once my own special place in our nation’s capital. You’ve heard it on the news, I’m sure. In a






Donald Trump, trade, protectionism, Donald Trump, war, borders, Bastiat

Trump’s Dangerous Idea

A lot of people were impressed by the reasonableness of Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech yesterday . . . despite the usual hyperbolic promises of “best” and “great” and “beautifully.” Its general tenor? Refreshing. Rejecting post-Cold War foreign policy for a return to “national interest” and “America first”? Long overdue.






Austan Goolsbee , Bill O’Reilly, Bernie Sanders, free stuff

Austan Antic, Hey!

The other day, Fox News Network’s Bill O’Reilly asked University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee a question.  The subject was the socialistic gimme-gimme attitude of youthful Bernie Sanders supporters. The previous segment, “Watters’ World,” had paraded interviews with a handful of college students, asking them to clarify just how much






health insurance, experts, obamacare, insurance, costs, illustration, meme

Bailed — Before Bailout

Last Wednesday, UnitedHealthcare Group Incorporated (UNH) announced that it will drop coverage of plans under Obamacare in all but a few states by 2017. The market signaled a thumb’s up: UNH stock prices shot up over 2 percent. The company, described in the news, somewhat vaguely, as the country’s largest insurer, is






$20, currency, twenty dollar, Jackson, Hamilton, Tubman, illustration

The Drinking Gourd

By now, most people are probably OK with Treasury’s plan to oust Andrew Jackson off the face of the $20 Federal Reserve Note and replace him with Harriet Tubman. I certainly am. Ms. Tubman was a great hero of freedom. President Jackson has a more . . . mixed legacy.






David Brooks, dichotomy, dualism, false, minimum wage, crime, illustration

Story, Story, Story

David Brooks has a story to tell you. His New York Times op-ed, yesterday, “The Danger of Single Story,” builds on a good premise: “each individual life contains a heterogeneous compilation of stories. If you reduce people to one, you’re taking away their humanity.” Brooks puts a political edge on






George Clooney, Campaign finance, money, big money, election, Hillary Clinton

Obscene Amounts

Actor George Clooney, star of the current Coen brothers picture, Hail Caesar!, is a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. When asked on NBC’s Meet the Press if the $353,000 per couple dinner he organized last Friday constituted an “obscene amount of money,” he answered, simply, “yes.” Clooney went on to






campaign finance reform, contributions, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, corruption

Big-Dollar Impact

Last Saturday, The Washington Post’s top-of-the-front-page headline blared, “50 donors with outside impact.” If that doesn’t curdle your blood, readers were further warned of a new “Gilded Age.” Yes, in concentrated fundraising the Post heard “echoes of the end of the 19th century, when wealthy interests spent millions to help






Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, campaign finance reform, big money, illustration, angel, Saint Hillary

Money Means Nothing to Her

Campaign finance reform is surely dead . . . if Hillary Clinton is elected president. Which would be good. Not Clinton being elected, mind you. What would be good is the death of so-called campaign finance reform — the kind supported by Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.






socialism kills, redistribution, how socialism kills, why socialism kills, meme, illustration

How Socialism Kills

3 Ways That Socialism Kills: state enforced redistribution requires violence (even if some participate willingly, it’s guns and gulags for everybody else) central planning produces starvation a state powerful enough to enforce socialism is an irresistible temptation to those who would abuse power All the good intentions in the world






Emancipation Day, tax, taxes

Procrastinators’ Weekend

Usually, April 15 is the deadline date, in these United States, to file taxes or apply for an extension. This year it is April 18. Why? Many of us think of the Fifteenth of April as Tax Day. It seems strange and arbitrary when it is jiggered with. And kind






wage gap, pay gap, sexism, Equal Pay Day, illustration

The Hypocrisy Gap

You may have missed it. I wasn’t so lucky. This past Tuesday was “Equal Pay Day.” “[T]he typical woman who works full-time earns 79-cents for every dollar that a typical man makes,” President Barack Obama said, repeating what we have already been told ad nauseum about the “wage gap” between






© 2016 Common Sense with Paul Jacob, All Rights Reserved. Back to top