Think Freely Media presents Common Sense with Paul Jacob


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A Bullet Train to the Head

Romanticism. The yearning for greatness; the need for speed. Efficiency! It’s all there in California’s high-speed rail project — hopes and dreams and a sense of the grandeur of progress. And yet the bullet train project, approved by voters in 2008, is a fiasco. One can blame the voters, I

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The Climate Cassandra

Thirty years ago, in June, 1986, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met to consider the problems of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and climate change. Present at those hearings was today’s climate Cassandra, James Hansen, then of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies. And he was predicting that

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Yesterday was Father’s Day; tomorrow, I’ll attend my father’s funeral. Ample opportunity to reflect on missing Dad . . . and dads. My father was two months shy of 85 years. He lived a long, full life with a loving wife of more than 60 years, six children he adored

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Don’t Demand Too Much

It’s commonly said that government is here to protect us. Well, that’s one theory. In the wake of the horrible massacre at the Pulse in Orlando, Florida, I’ve been hearing a lot of murmuring. People are wondering why a man who had been interviewed by the FBI several times in

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Sit, UBI, Sit: Play Dead

This weekend, the Swiss people rejected the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) with a whopping 77 percent against. That’s the kind of overwhelming result that one finds in America for, say, term limits. And 23 percent, you might notice, is about the percentage of the population in America

V.A., VA, Veterans Administration, Disneyland

Disneyland vs. Politicians

Last week, when asked by reporters about the arguably deadly wait times that vets have endured (or not), Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald replied, “What really counts is how does the veteran feel about their encounter with the VA. When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of

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Fatherland, Socialism and Death!

The fall of Venezuela is an atrocity. The comic elements are clear enough — the further you remove yourself from the poverty, chaos, and collapse. We can wallow in a bit of Schadenfreude, taking glee as some American leftists squirm to explain why the socialist paradise they ballyhooed a mere

North Korea, Kim Jong Un, Saddam Hussein, Stalin, China

Kim Jong Un-civilized

The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea isn’t. That is, it isn’t democratic and it is not “the people’s” in any republican sense. But it does exist . . . as the world’s most totalitarian dictatorship. A tyranny that would make the Pharaohs, Caesars, and Grand Poobahs of the ancient

Warren Buffett, Coca-Cola, consumer, regulations, consumer protection

Too Much of a Good Thing

Once upon a time, over-indulgence was considered a sin, a vice. Not so much, nowadays. Somewhere along the line, the idea that a little of a good thing was good, that general abundance is good, but that there can be too much of a good thing for any particular person

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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

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

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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

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