Kory Swanson

Posts by Kory Swanson (page 1)

  • Senator Warren’s Idea of Capitalism

    Today’s editorial in the Wall Street Journal  (paywall) is to the point: Senator Elizabeth Warren wants to turn businesses into de facto public utilities. As an example of what would happen, the editorial looks at the PG&E utility bankruptcy fiasco and the cost to taxpayers.
    Kory Swanson, February 1, 2019
  • Who Was the Author of the Declaration of Independence?

    Thomas Jefferson, right? It depends. At the time of the adoption of the Declaration of Indpendence by the 2nd Continental Congress in 1776, Jefferson was not recognized as the author. As Matthew Wills notes in his thought-provoking text “[t]he document was drafted by a committee made up of John Adams,…
    Kory Swanson, January 31, 2019
  • 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