Category Archives: Commentary

Taxes and Job Creators

It’s not true. Higher taxes on job creators don’t mean fewer jobs are created. Lower taxes on job creators don’t mean more jobs are created. It’s just not true and it’s never been true.

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Israel and the Two State Solution

Recent attacks by Jewish settlers on West Bank Mosques have highlighted yet again the resistance within Israel to creating a separate Palestinian state. But history suggests that if it Israel tries to keep the West Bank and Gaza at some … Continue reading

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Pensions and Good Governance

Mayor Slay’s proposal to modify the pension plan for the City of St. Louis Firefighters Union has led to competing ads attacking and supporting the proposal. The issue is emotionally charged and the city has an obligation to fulfill promises … Continue reading

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Mandating an end to personal irresponsibility

Published June 6, 2012 in ther St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sometime soon the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, in particular its mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. Conservatives strongly and loudly have opposed … Continue reading

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The $2 Billion Dollar Loss and Insurable Interest

When JP Morgan announced that it had lost $2 billion by making risky market bets attention immediately focused on the Dodd-Frank banking bill and whether federally insured financial institutions should be allowed to make such bets. But the larger question … Continue reading

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Romney as a Conservative

What I wish Romney would say… Of all the things I thought I would have to do in this election, proving to Republican voters that I was conservative wasn’t one of them. I have been a Conservative my whole life.

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The Challenge of Righting Wrongs

The recently announced $20 billion bank mortgage settlement will help several million people, providing a little bit of cash to those who lost homes and reducing loan amounts and interest for those still in their homes. While undoubtedly much appreciated … Continue reading

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The Crazy Uncle Wins Again

Sigh… for one brief moment, one happy, brief moment, it seemed the Republican Party was returning to its roots as the Daddy Party. But unfortunately the Crazy Uncle won again.

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How Stupid Should We Let People Be?

With Obama’s recess appointment of a director, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now operational. Government is again wading into one of the harder questions our society must decide: How stupid we should let people be?

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The Moral Quandary of Self-Pay Healthcare

One of the challenges to honestly addressing healthcare reform is that the language we use is often not descriptive of the actual economic situation.  A U.S. Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of the constitutionality of the mandate to … Continue reading

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