monumental vanity

March 8th, 2014
Politicos of various stripes squander the public purse on buildings, statues, and other fabrications that they hope will outlast their time in office more »

selling cars right

March 2nd, 2014
The politicos claim to protect the poor car buyer from rapacious auto manufacturers, but this is a smokescreen to their collusion with local business owners to restrict competition and keep prices higher than they would otherwise be. more »

don't throw me in that briar patch

February 25th, 2014
Maybe an alternative of free trade, without entangling alliances, will promote the gradual restoration of peace and prosperity for all of us. more »


February 23rd, 2014
The people who lose their jobs in the coming months will less clearly see the connection. Those who are never hired at all will just be lost. My pessimistic streak makes me think that the responsible people - Nick Hanauer, Patty Murray, Suzan DelBene, and their ilk - will deflect their responsibility for this disaster and be off on a new crusade to make it all better with a new pronouncement to restrict how the rest of us make our way in this world. more »

barriers to entry

February 16th, 2014
Evidently, Nick Hanauer doesn't care that the alternative is no work at all, no production for the benefit of the community, and reduced living standards for everyone. Too bad that the minimum wage policy that he promotes condemns the least well off segment of the population to permanent unemployment. more »

private and public flubs

February 8th, 2014
It's easy in such situations to engage in recrimination - they should have done this, or that, or the other thing, instead of what they did end up doing that led to the current disaster. But those are only symptoms. more »

give directly

December 14th, 2013
who better than the principles to know what it is they need to improve their situation? While a cow might suit some people, a new roof will better fit the needs of others, and a small motorcycle could make possible a small taxi or delivery business for someone else. more »

one damn thing after another

October 13th, 2013
The situation of US-Iran foreign relations has fallen from the top levels of the daily news, so maybe there is opportunity to shed a little light of historical perspective on the subject. ... it is ironic, tragic, and an unfortunately familiar story of the backfiring of US Middle East policy - fomenting and initiating conflict that (surprise!) leads to more conflict. more »

hope for the drug war

September 29th, 2013
... another figure in the international police establishment coming out in favor of major reform to the prohibition of drugs ... more »

give peace a chance

September 11th, 2013
I'm willing to give it 60 years before once more going to war in the Middle East. more »