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States of the Unions

As Americans contemplate the intellectual breakdown of our two major parties, Brits and Europeans are trying to figure out what the state of their union is. Does Brexit spell disaster for Europe? Germany’s vice-chancellor is just the latest European bigwig to preach gloom and doom. According to the BBC, “Sigmar






Maduro, Venezuela, socialism, collapse, illustration

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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United We Disagree

This election year? Anger and angst permeate the electorate. We are united only in frustration. Which leads to some mutual distrust. Not good. Neither the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, nor the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, will receive my vote. But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect people who will vote






CIA, Director, Michael Hayden, Donald Trump, danger, Libertarian, Gary Johnson, illustration

Too Dangerous x 2

“If he governs consistent with some of the things he’s said as a candidate, I would be very frightened,” former CIA Director Michael Hayden says about Donald Trump. These are the words that begin an ominous television spot from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The advertisement concludes that Mr. Trump is






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Governments Against the People

Is it odd to see government employees and politicians — public servants — hold onto particular laws with a death grip? Maybe not. In Texas, municipal government employees have been working mightily to prevent citizens from repealing local ordinances. According to a report by WOAI News Radio, the Texas “State






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Population to Government, “Hello”

Government “central planning”? I’m against it. But it’s socialism, fascism, and allied isms that I oppose. I’m not against “government planning.” We could use some. Take population. When government sets up complicated institutions, like Social Security or Medicare, those institutions must match the general trend of the number and make-up






Mia Love, Rand Paul, congress, bills

One at a Time

A new procedural reform is in the offing. And just because it is “procedural” doesn’t mean it’s insignificant. Or boring. Remember, how something gets done determines, in part, what gets done. The checks and balances that were written into our Constitution are there to regulate the how of government, the






Russia, Putin, Trump, horseback, illustration

The Russians Are Coming

There’s no accounting for taste, especially regarding humor. For instance, the 1966 film “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” is, to me, a classic. And I think Donald Trump’s recent sarcasm — “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”






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Miseducated and Unemployed

The persistence of the issue of raising the minimum wage is an indictment of public education, for at least two reasons: It shows that “our” schools are not teaching basic economics. Generally, those who think minimum wages help the poor do not understand what wages are (price of labor), why






Hillary Clinton, trust, lie, truthful, Ezra Klein, illustration, VOX

The Clinton Chasm

Hillary Clinton is roundly disliked by millions of outsiders, but admired by hundreds of politicians and activists. What sets her apart? She listens. Well, that’s Ezra Klein’s take in “Understanding Hillary,” an almost-believable piece of apologetics courtesy of Vox. He calls Hillary’s problem “The Gap,” though “Vast Chasm” is more






Freddie Gray, police brutality, misconduct, Baltimore, illustration

Freddie’s Dead

Marilyn Mosley is frustrated. This State’s Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland, angrily dropped charges against the remaining three police officers not already acquitted in the death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries sustained while in police custody. Clearly, Mosley lacked the evidence to convict these officers of murder, manslaughter, false






con game, politics, redistribution, Clinton

ABC’s of Deceptive Politics

In breaking news, a major politician has promised to give important benefits to the poor and the middle class. She did not specify where those benefits would come from. But we know where they do come from: taxpayers. What this politician has done is promise to take from some to






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