Politics (page 981)

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    Borders echoes Wapshott’s notion of a Keynes vs. Hayek election in 2012

    You might remember a recent Duke University speech in which journalist and author Nicholas Wapshott suggested that the next American presidential election could be described as a “Keynes-Hayek election,” in which President Obama and the Republican nominee will channel the competing ideas championed by 20th-century economists John Maynard…
    Mitch Kokai, November 23, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online that a national business publication has assigned a No. 1 ranking to Elon University’s part-time MBA program. John Hood’s Daily Journal applies to modern-day politics lessons from Hannibal’s history.
    Mitch Kokai, November 23, 2011
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    Progressives please decide, more democracy or less

    It seems that progressives cannot decide if they want more democracy or less.  In the early 1900s they wanted more.  With the 1913 17th Amendment, they demanded and got popular election of US senators. Other democratic “reforms” included the recall, referendum and the initiative at the state level. Now former…
    Michael Sanera, November 22, 2011
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    Just when you thought the process of selecting the president was as bad as it could get …

    … you might encounter Newsweek‘s feature on Americans Elect, an effort designed to bypass the traditional two-party nominating system. Even if you’re no fan of the current system, the following passage can’t offer much comfort: There are some early signs of life. Since April, Americans Elect…
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2011
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    Man bites dog story: Newsweek devotes seven pages to detailing how government officials use their power to enrich themselves

    No one should be surprised to learn that members of Congress and the executive branch use the government’s monopoly on coercion to benefit themselves and their pals. What’s surprising is that Big Government-friendly Newsweek would devote seven pages — more than 10 percent of its Nov. 21 issue — to…
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2011
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    Historian Ferguson explains why Americans should pay attention to the European fiasco

    Historian Niall Ferguson‘s latest Newsweek column offers several reasons why Americans can’t afford (no pun intended) to ignore the financial problems plaguing the Old World: [T]he third reason Americans should care about Europe is more important even than the risk of a renewed financial…
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2011
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    Williams points out the folly of demonizing the rich

    Walter Williams‘ latest column explains why the president’s efforts to engage in class warfare are — to put it mildly — counterproductive. President Obama, in stoking up class warfare, said, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” This is lunacy.
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David N. Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online about the political implications of three N.C. congressional Democrats’ vote for a federal balanced budget amendment. John Hood’s Daily Journal calls for sharper tools in the state’s “fiscal toolbox.”…
    Mitch Kokai, November 22, 2011