We Expect More from Future Presidents

Dare we hope that someone will have the gumption to make this into an issue in the event that Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016? The State Department under Hillary Clinton fought hard against placing the al Qaeda-linked militant group Boko Haram on its official list of foreign terrorist organizations for two years. And now, …

Just What We Needed: More Bad Employment News

Justifying my decision to look askance at the latest jobs report, we have this story, which informs us that "total employment has declined by half a million," and that the economy is not keeping up with population growth. Again, let me state that the Federal Reserve has to continue bond purchases and any other forms …

The Republican Party Decides to Weed Out the Crazy

And I am fine with the plan. Controlling primary and caucus schedules and bringing down the number of debates--most of which are mind-numbing and utterly unedifying in nature--certainly sounds like a good idea to me, as does letting a future nominee have more time, energy and resources to make a case against any future Democratic …

In Memoriam: Gary S. Becker

Milton Friedman called Gary Becker "the greatest social scientist who has lived and worked in the last half century." The praise was well-deserved, and if it wasn't, that might have been because the only other contender for the title was Friedman himself. Becker was masterful at formulating interesting questions to think about, and he was …

A Proper May Day Remembrance

When you read this, remember that excuses like "oh, but communism/Marxism wasn't properly applied/implemented in this case" just don't cut it. No matter how one tries to apply/implement communism/Marxism, things like the following just keep happening somehow: After graduating from college, Müller was for years harassed by the Romanian secret police, the infamous Securitate. When …

That Old Clintonian Dysfunction

As Hillary Clinton is gearing up towards another possible run at the presidency, Politico has written an in-depth story regarding Clinton's love-hate relationship with the media. And it is mostly hate, as one of Clinton's advisers is more than happy to admit: "Look, she hates you. Period. That’s never going to change." I am more …

The French Critique Piketty

So report Tyler Cowen and Veronique de Rugy: . . . some other French economists have taken the lead in challenging Mr. Piketty’s empirical claims. One recent paper by four economists at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris challenges Mr. Piketty’s view that inequality has increased because the return to capital has been greater than general growth in the …

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