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Winning, Losing, and Grace
Grant me devotion, not sanctimony Former political party guy Brian Shoeneman tweeted this morning: Roy Moore refusing to accept that he lost is yet another symptom of the problem pervading politics today. People have lost the ability to accept facts they wi...
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Cue the Policy Actors
"Give him the heat and announce my presence with authority!" I haven't written anything in a while. Then I saw a paragraph in Ben Casselman's New York Times column : Jared Bernstein, a former economic adviser to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. who is now...
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Why I'm Not Running for House of Delegates this Year
Uncontested is no way to go through life A professionally edited version appeared in the Washington Post For the second election cycle in a row, it appears my Virginia House delegate will enter a general election uncontested, as did my state senator in 2015...
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A Tale of Two Curves
The difference between government revenue and personal remittance A tweet by wealth manager  Barry Ritholtz lead me to a New York Times article by Peter Baker and the Trump administration's renewed interest in a theory and curve drawn by economist Arthur La...
A Tale of Two Curves
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Hocus Pocus versus Focus
Government by edict and wishful thinking yields little For the song Hocus Pocus by Focus go here For the life of me I can't find the Financial Times column I cited a few years ago where the author suggested that the debate on smaller versus bigger governmen...
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Sing a Song of Six Picks
Do citizens have a "right" to many competitive products and services? Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute popped up in my Twitter feed yesterday: Absolutely right. Local control is a means to protecting liberty, NOT an end itself. When cities viol...
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Congressional Complacence?
Don't confuse it for political obstructionism George Mason University economics professor and author Tyler Cowen has a new book – The Complacent Class – and yesterday posted an accompanying quiz, " How Complacent Are You? " I took the quiz and rated, "Tier ...
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Take the Money and Run
Self importance, self enrichment Driving into work this morning, I heard Steve Miller's "Take the Money and Run" and remembered the summer I worked for the Ocean City Police Department in Maryland. As a summertime police officer, I made two arrests. At the ...
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Six Degrees of Unemployment
The faces that make up the numbers As  reported  by Allan Smith of Business Insider, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: ... that President Donald Trump "sees people that are hurting," and that "it's not just a number" to him. He said the presiden...
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