Kory Swanson

Posts by Kory Swanson (page 1)

  • Gridlock is Good for the Economy

    Although legislative gridlock is a top concern of the American public, Investor’s Business Daily argues that gridlock saves the American tax payer a lot of money. Among other things, rates of spending are checked, and other potentially costly programs are held at bay by the lack of consensus. However,…
    Kory Swanson, January 15, 2019
  • May Day, May Day on Brexit

    The rough and tumble of British parliamentary debate is a welcome and entertaining relief from the stodginess of the U.S. Senate and House debates. Today is the last day of the “Meaningful Vote” debate on Brexit. Will Parliment vote for a hard Brexit, a soft Brexit, or no Brexit…
    Kory Swanson, January 15, 2019
  • Facism, Exorcism, and Maintaining Your Sangfroid

    Speaking to those on the left who unreflectively believe the specter of Facism has reared its head in the United States and elsewhere, Mark Lilla offers cautionary advice in response to a critique of a recent essay he wrote on the French Right. For those concerned about the antiliberal forces gaining…
    Kory Swanson, January 3, 2019
  • A Sensible Government Knows When To Back Off!

    In a recent edition of Quartz India, India’s former “rockstar central banker”, Raghuram Rajan, has a word of advice for the Narendra Modi government in the backdrop of its strained relations with the central bank: “the sensible government knows when to back off.” Rajan is right and his point should…
    Kory Swanson, December 5, 2018
  • It is not about urban vs. rural

    I was in a discussion yesterday on the topic of the Urban/Rural Divide. It was very clear that those I was engaged in discussion with had not read John Hood’s daily journal on the subject.
    Kory Swanson, December 5, 2018
  • Affordable Housing Mandates Reduce Affordable Housing

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, American Enterprise Institute scholars Paul Kupiec and Edward Pinto advance the argument that Affordable Houising mandates “create a vicious circle of higher prices and reduced demand.” As they note, trying to make housing affordable by government decree is a fools errand.
    Kory Swanson, February 13, 2018
  • Politcal Narratives in the land of La Mancha

    Writing a day before the election, political commentator Chris Weigant reminded us that the off-year-elections “always seem to have an outsized effect on the narrative used by the political chattering class…” Looking at today’s headlines from a number of newspapers and online media, we can see this is a very…
    Kory Swanson, November 9, 2017
  • The Virginia Election Results: Et Tu, North Carolina?

    Is the Democratic Party sweep in Virginia a portent of things to come in North Carolina? North Carolina conservatives should be concerned; but, they should stay on message—tax reform, regulatory reform, education reform, etc. In other words, expanding freedom for all North Carolinians. The economy is doing well. Keep focused.
    Kory Swanson, November 8, 2017