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Debating How Best to Create Jobs: Markets or Government?

Early last month, I wrote an article for The Federalist on job creation. I used that opportunity to document that there is a serious problem with jobs under Obama, and I explained that the problem existed in part because the President was intervening with so-called stimulus schemes. The far better approach is for government to […]

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Farewell Letter ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez | Jack Hammersley

This is very beautiful, with a hat tip to Rachael Charmley of Changing Skin and Other Stories Before he died on 17 April 2014 at the age of 87, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia’s illustrious Nobel Laureate for literature, had declared his retirement from public life. He had terminal cancer and sent this letter of farewell […]

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St. George’s Day Quiz

Well, it’s the traditional St. Georges Day, so we should publish something for our English friends. I suppose I could write an article but a quiz would be more fun, and the Telegraph has a pretty good one for us, on England’s historic attractions. So take it and we’ll compare our scores. Quiz: how well […]

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Financial Bureaucrats on Easy Street, with Consumers and Taxpayers Paying the Bill

I’ve complained many times about government intervention in the financial sector. The financial and housing crisis, for instance, was largely a consequence of the Federal Reserve’s easy-money policy, combined with the system of corrupt subsidies put in place by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But there’s another government-imposed cost that burdens the financial sector. Writing […]

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Faith in the World Today, and in History

I’m catching up a bit today, while none of these articles is especially time sensitive, I find them both important and uplifting. And, in truth, I got sidetracked with Easter and Cliven Bundy’s confrontation Over at the Newman site, John Charmley tells us in Cardinal Newman’s words why sometimes we don’t believe what is written (or […]

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A New Member of the Moocher Hall of Fame

About one year ago, I decided to create a “Moocher Hall of Fame” to highlight how certain people went above and beyond the call of indolence in their efforts to sponge off taxpayers. This award isn’t for ordinary deadbeats. You have to do something really special (the bad kind of special) to get recognized. * […]

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