Lance Comes Clean

Lance Comes Clean

  Reprinted from Reason.org –

Assets $2.7 Trillion, Liabilities $18.8 Trillion — But Don’t Worry

Assets $2.7 Trillion, Liabilities $18.8 Trillion — But Don’t Worry

From U.S. Department of Treasury Department’s “Financial Report of the U.S. Government for Fiscal 2012″ – Image Credit: US Treasury Department This is the balance sheet from hell. And not a great fiscal legacy for Timothy Geithner. From the U.S. Treasury Department’s just-released  Financial Report of the U.S. Government for Fiscal Year 2012: Chart 4 […]

Zero-Sum Makes Zero Sense

Zero-Sum Makes Zero Sense

Writing in World Affairs, PJ O’Rourke gives thanks to President Obama for instructing the world on his zero-sum view of wealth and wealth redistribution.

Kafka Wasn’t Kidding

Kafka Wasn’t Kidding

Roger Kimball’s commentary in today’s Wall Street Journal tells a harrowing tale of storm victim versus the Leviathan of government.  You’ve got to read it to believe it.

Who Needs Congress?

Who Needs Congress?

Originally published in The Daily Caller, January 15, 2012 –  Obama’s gun-violence executive orders and the Constitution – As soon as tomorrow, President Obama will announce his administration’s initial steps for dealing with gun violence. It is expected that he will propose measures for congressional action. But recognizing that most legislative proposals will attract powerful resistance, […]

Understanding Ben Bernanke

Understanding Ben Bernanke

Rare footage of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s childhood has recently surfaced . . . < http://i.imgur.com/XaiUx.gif>

A Football Entrepreneur

A Football Entrepreneur

Originally published in The Oregonian, January 10, 2013 – Is Chip Kelley Oregon’s latest successful entrepreneur? A collective sigh of relief was heard throughout Duckdom on Sunday night when word spread that University of Oregon football coach Chip Kelly wouldn’t be leaving for the NFL after all. As someone who grew up in Eugene and […]

The Life of a One Party State?  It’s Not a Healthy One

The Life of a One Party State? It’s Not a Healthy One

Originally published in the Hillsboro Tribune, January 11, 2013 – by Representative Shawn Lindsay – Remember when presidential candidates actually campaigned in Oregon? Now they simply treat Oregon as an ATM. In 2004, both President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry drew huge crowds for public campaign rallies. But in 2012, both President Obama […]

Balance May Be Good Politics, But It’s Bad Economics

Balance May Be Good Politics, But It’s Bad Economics

Originally published in The Daily Caller, January 8, 2013 – Despite the unprecedented explosion of the federal debt during his first four years in office, President Obama acknowledges that something must be done to halt deficit spending. Throughout the election campaign and since, Obama has insisted that a “balanced” approach is necessary. By “balanced” he […]

Winning Ugly: Obama and the Fiscal Cliff

Winning Ugly: Obama and the Fiscal Cliff

Jonah Goldberg, writing at National Review Online, says President Obama has delivered (sort of) on his promise to make the wealthy pay their fair share, but has done nothing to achieve the balanced approach he claimed is needed.  The fiscal cliff deal raises taxes $46 for every $1 cut in spending.  That’s an odd notion […]

Five Reasons the Fiscal Cliff Deal Is a Loser

Five Reasons the Fiscal Cliff Deal Is a Loser

Alex Brill, writing at CNN Global Public Square, offers five reasons why the fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress is bad for future generations — and for the present.  Read Brill’s commentary reprinted here at AEI.org.

Oops

Oops

Several years ago the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) sued Ringling Brothers Circus claiming cruelty to elephants.  After losing in court and being sued for racketeering by Ringling, ASPCA has agreed to pay Ringling $9.3 million to exit the lawsuit.  Oops.

Lisa Jackson’s EPA

Lisa Jackson’s EPA

Originally published in The Daily Caller, December 31, 2012 – Lisa Jackson and the limits of executive power — Lisa Jackson’s departure as administrator of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is being lamented by environmentalists and cautiously celebrated by many in business and industry. Environmentalists have only high praise for Jackson’s aggressive efforts to adopt […]

Half of What You Know Is Probably Wrong

Half of What You Know Is Probably Wrong

Ronald Bailey reviews Samuel Arbesman’s new book The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date the January, 2013 issue of Reason.  The point is that scientific facts are constantly being disproven, yet we proceed as if everything we know is the truth.  Humility about knowledge is what is required.

Will Today’s Americans Cross Their Deleware?

Will Today’s Americans Cross Their Deleware?

This great nation has experienced immense peril during more than one Christmas season. Both war and political upheaval have threatened our survival as a free nation. Each time, when it was their turn to be counted, men and women of equally great valor have risen to the occasion. History tells us that our fledgling nation […]

Have You Stocked Up on Incandenscents?

Have You Stocked Up on Incandenscents?

This editorial from the Washington Times, suggests that you should unless you want to incur the expense and hazard of what the government has mandated.

The Fiscal Cliff

The Fiscal Cliff

Originally published in The Oregonian, December 27, 2012 – Political parties are playing dangerous game with fiscal cliff – With the end of the year fast approaching and the so-called fiscal cliff apparently at hand, I’m reminded of the scene in the classic 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause” in which James Dean agrees to […]

Knute Buehler on What Ails the GOP

Knute Buehler on What Ails the GOP

Originally published in The Oregonian, December 19, 2012 – How to reverse the state GOP’s slide into irrelevance – After a month of personal reflection, well-intended advice from many and reading commentary by political insiders, I am compelled to share my insight as to why Oregon has become such a reliably Democratic state. It is […]

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