Ralph Benko

Posted January 21, 2014

The New American Oxford Dictionary defines totalitarian as: "of or relating to a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state : a totalitarian regime." Might this be the progressives’ precision-guided purpose?

Posted January 14, 2014

One year ago, between the re-election and re-inauguration of Barack Obama, the Vast Left Wing Conspiracy met and mapped out three major strategic goals. These are designed to seize plenary control over the US government and, thereby, America.

Posted January 07, 2014

“Bipartisanship” makes this writer uneasy. It often represents Washington code signifying collusion by Republicans and Democrats to stick it to the taxpayers and citizens. So in this celebratory season gridlock is something to celebrate.

Posted December 31, 2013

The United States Senate moves toward the confirmation of Janet Yellen, now posited for next January 6th, as chair of the Federal Reserve System. Let us in this moment of recess reflect on eerily similar observations by two of history’s most transformational figures: John Maynard Keynes and Nicolas Copernicus.

Posted December 24, 2013

If the central bank’s goal is to avoid sustained inflation or deflation, then the target should be to influence the supply of cash to the economy to equal the level of desired cash balances. To attain this, the central bank has to abandon hyperactive open market operations and activate the discount rate.

Posted December 17, 2013

On December 7th, nearly 100 state legislators, many distinguished, representing 32 states, assembled at Mount Vernon.The purpose? To discuss how to, safely, revive an overlooked, but invaluable, provision in the United States Constitution to allow a supermajority of states to rein in a power-drunk federal government.

Posted December 09, 2013

There is abundant evidence that Prof. Krugman has had a material role in producing this Hell.

Posted December 03, 2013

House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling, after his introduction by Cato CATO -0.96% Institute vice president Mark Calabria at a panel of the 31st annual Cato Monetary Conference, had effusive praise for his host:

Posted November 26, 2013

Amidst the Democratic Party meltdown might elite Republican Party operatives snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Don’t rule it out. Many elite Republicans lust to steer their party the way of the Whigs.

Posted November 19, 2013

Few, if any, other White House botches of this magnitude come to mind. Growing public dismay over the Obama administration’s botch of its own signature initiative threatens the popularity not only of the president. It threatens the Democratic party.

Posted November 12, 2013

This columnist is one of the, reportedly, millions whose health insurance (much of good quality and affordable) has fallen prey to an Obamacare “Death Panel.” My insurance policy of long standing, apparently, will disappear on January 1. My efforts to replace it, in the Exchange, have been thwarted by an epic fail of the Obamacare system.

Posted November 05, 2013

What can reunite the GOP with its populist base? Addressing the shrinking dollar, that’s what. The tension between populism and elitism, as well as the issue of the quality of the dollar, goes back to the very beginnings of America. It has re-emerged in a big way.

Posted October 29, 2013

Ferguson succeeds in methodically humiliating New York Times columnist, celebrity blogger, and Nobel economic prize laureate Paul Krugman, together with his “gaggle of bloggers who are to Krugman what Egyptian plovers are to crocodiles.”

Posted October 22, 2013

The government “shutdown” properly should be called “the Cruz Crisis.” This indeed is a crisis in the Chinese nuanced sense.

Posted October 16, 2013

We — including you, dear reader — created the world of Big Government for very good reasons. Now, for very good reasons, we are going to dismantle it.

Posted October 09, 2013

Open warfare has broken out inside the GOP between Tea Party Insurgents and the Republican Party Regulars. It revolves around tactics, more than policy. It’s an old-fashioned power struggle.

Posted October 02, 2013

Once upon a time — September 17th —Reuters published a delightfully preposterous blunderbuss of a blog. It served up a one-sided attack on conservatives. It did so as part of what it calls The Great Debate. Well, a debate has two sides.

Posted September 25, 2013

The Centennial Monetary Commission calls for a bipartisan, bicameral, commission. It contemplates an empirical assessment of the outcomes of various monetary policies engaged by the Federal Reserve System. It is not an exercise in Fed bashing. It is an exercise in objective empiricism.

Posted September 18, 2013

Two years ago, Hollywood, no kidding, masterminded a plot to, in effect, steal the Internet (by criminalizing certain conduct, booby trapping the Web in ways that few non-mega-corporations can cope with).

Posted September 11, 2013

The perversely named “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) itself may have been the most brazen attempted act of piracy in all recorded history. Truth in Legislation would have required it to be named the “Ultimate Act of Online Piracy.”

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