He serves as an advisor to and editor of the Lehrman Institute's thegoldstandardnow.org and senior advisor to the American Principles Project. Benko founded the Prosperity Caucus gathering of supply-side and free-market economists; served on detail as a deputy general counsel to the President’s Commission on Privatization and on White House agency staff under President Reagan. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Boston University Law School and is retired from the bar of the State of New York.
The real issue of money in politics is about the Fed, not the Kochs. The Feds political impact is orders of magnitude greater than all the billionaires money, bright and dark, left and right, combined.
The new Congress has a chance at giving us a tax reform that would save us taxpayers something less than, but approaching, $168 billion dollars a year.
Boehner may well be the worst thing to happen to progressives since December 26, 1991 when Gorbachev dissolved the USSR. The left understands this better than does the right.
One, and only one, candidate, Barack Obama, caught the X-factor and improbably got himself nominated and elected, and re-elected, president. Another improbable candidate could catch it again.
Neither the United States Secret Service nor the North Korean authorities take portrayals of the assassination of our respective incumbent supreme leaders lightly. But there is something more going on here.
The financial markets are on a hair trigger as to when, and how quickly, the Fed will tighten and raise interest rates. Billions of dollars will be won or lost by investors on this wager.
There has been much consternation expressed about President Obamas extralegal actions, especially suspending deportation of certain classes of undocumented aliens. Impeachment legally and politically would be completely unwarranted.
Demonetized (as at present), gold merely is a commodity. The gold standard is a quality standard, not a quantity standard, and is about maintaining the integrity of the currency, not limiting its supply.
The mortal struggle at hand today is not between the right and the left. It is not between Republicans and Democrats. It is not between the Congress and the president. It is between us (currently outsiders to our own government) voters and the Washington Insiders.
The current Executive Action is called by its adversaries amnesty. In fact, it represents a temporary reprieve rather than a pardon, more likely to confound rather than promote a humane resolution. It is highly likely to cause a backlash against durable immigration reform.
The GOP could, of course, stumble. As of now, though, it looks like the 114th Congress is more likely to do right by, rather than wrong to, America.
As noted in my previous column, AEIs James Pethokoukis and National Reviews Ramesh Ponnuru among many others appear to have fallen victim to what I have called the Eichengreen Fallacy. This refers to the demonstrably incorrect proposition that the gold standard caused the Great Depression.
AEIs James Pethokoukis and National Reviews Ramesh Ponnuru among many others appear to have fallen victim to what I have called the Eichengreen Fallacy, the demonstrably incorrect proposition that the gold standard caused the Great Depression.
The national Democratic Party has staked its retention of a Senate majority on a few carefully chosen campaign themes: denouncing Republican oligarchs flooding the election with political ads; deploring the War On Women; and, most emphatically, attacking what they call income inequality.
Janet Yellen gave a widely noted speech recently. The speech presented as a if ghostwritten for her by Quincy Magoo, that beloved cartoon character described by Wikipedia as a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his nearsightedness.
When George Gilder, arguably the smartest man in the world, says, as he said to me over dinner recently in Washington, DC, that Peter Thiel is the smartest man in the world pay attention.
Most political eyes now are turned to whether the Republicans will take, or the Democrats hold, a Senate majority. Meanwhile what may be a comparably important election will be conducted, probably next month, mostly out of the public eye.
Jared Bernstein recently called, in the New York Times, for the dethroning of King Dollar, claiming that the reserve currency status of the dollar has cost the United States as many as six million jobs in 2008.
Cheapening the dollar is a bad thing, unequivocally. It does not necessarily follow that making the dollar dearer is a good thing.
Sympathy toward the gold standard is a stand for which other conservative groups are on record, including the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and, of course, the American Principles Project.
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