Jane Candia Coleman: A perfect lesson

Jane Candia Coleman: A perfect lesson

By Jane Candia Coleman There is an old axiom that states we should teach by example. And all writers have learned a similar rule: “Show Don’t Tell,” which, in simpler terms, means to communicate without bombast or endless preaching, to engage the reader or the listener in a way that illustrates one’s ideas. For the […]

Phil Richardson: The rise of political parties and political machines

Phil Richardson: The rise of political parties and political machines

By Phil Richardson BASIC STUFF: Very early in life I was informed that every four years, local politicians of some note are dispatched from the grass roots of our democracy to grand conventions by their peers, charged with picking the person best able to win the highest office in the land. This is done in […]

Ilan Berman: Deciphering Russia’s Syria strategy

Ilan Berman: Deciphering Russia’s Syria strategy

By Ilan Berman What is the Russian government up to in Syria? After weeks of agitating for the creation of an international “united front” to confront the Islamic State terrorist group (and rehabilitate its longtime ally in Damascus in the process), the Kremlin has taken matters into its own hands. Beginning in early September, the […]

Michael Barone: The dogs that aren’t barking in the 2016 campaign

Michael Barone: The dogs that aren’t barking in the 2016 campaign

By Michael Barone Sherlock Holmes famously solved the mystery of the Silver Blaze by noting the dog that didn’t bark in the night. It strikes me that in this wild and woolly campaign cycle there have been numerous dogs not barking in the night, or in the daytime either. Start with the race for the […]

Phil Richardson: In the beginning, there were politicians: 1774

Phil Richardson: In the beginning, there were politicians: 1774

By Phil Richardson The founders of the United States of America were male aristocrats, most of whom, such as Thomas Jefferson, were termed at the time “enlightened country gentlemen.” Then, as now, “money talked,” as well as “men ruled the roost.” Women did not win the right to vote until the 19th amendment to the […]

Ben Crystal: We must fight for liberty now more than ever

Ben Crystal: We must fight for liberty now more than ever

By Ben Crystal Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, Karl Marx’s enduring gift to college sociology professors everywhere hit its stride with a series of purges. Beginning in the 1930s, these cullings of the communist herd began with the liquidation of opponents of socialism’s favorite son, Josef Stalin, and metastasized into an […]

Bill Tatro: The difficulty of embracing cash

Bill Tatro: The difficulty of embracing cash

By Bill Tatro How many times has a Financial Adviser sat down with a client to develop a retirement plan and said “Of course, we’ll want to factor in the deflationary aspect of the Central Bank Zero Rate Policy”. How many times? More than likely, none. Since the ‘70’s most advisers were trained to assume […]

Michael Barone: Is there any precedent in history for Donald Trump?

Michael Barone: Is there any precedent in history for Donald Trump?

By Michael Barone In November 1964 a crowd of 5,000 attended the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, then the longest suspension bridge in the world. Presiding were New York Mayor Robert Wagner, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and transportation and parks czar Robert Moses. Also in the crowd was a teenager named Donald Trump. Trump later […]

Thomas Sowell: The ‘affordable housing’ fraud

Thomas Sowell: The ‘affordable housing’ fraud

By Thomas Sowell Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of “affordable housing,” as among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters. A recent survey showed that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San […]

Emil Franzi: ELECTION 2015! Time again for presidential sweepstakes

Emil Franzi: ELECTION 2015! Time again for presidential sweepstakes

By Emil Franzi The race for the GOP nomination is crystalizing faster than most establishment pundits foresaw. I was premature in calling Trump’s decline but he’ll continue to drop. Again quoting H.L. Mencken, that brilliant observer of past political motivations, “Nobody wants a messiah with a bloody nose.” Carly bloodied him. She showed us what […]

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