Ralph Benko

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.

Posted March 11, 2014

This columnist is a Tea Party Patriot, right wing conspirator, Republican Party loyalist, and Obama opponent. It is with some trepidation, therefore, that he points out something that, if noticed by the Democrats, might be used to avert the onrushing Democratic Party rout.

Posted March 04, 2014

The deconstruction of gender implies nothing less than a splitting of the personal atom: social nuclear fission, where the cohesive gender identity of the individual is broken down.

Posted February 25, 2014

Will America start prospering again — as it has not prospered for over a decade? Likely yes. But not without a fight.

Posted February 17, 2014

Rand Paul and Hillary Rodham Clinton would frame the debate — and the alternatives they offer — based on real clear and present issues rather than outworn dogma.

Posted February 11, 2014

Dr. Janet Yellen now has taken over the chair of the Fed. And President Obama, to great acclaim, recently nominated Prof. Stanley Fischeras Vice Chairman. Prof. Fischer may be the most distinguished and beloved central banker at work within the world financial system today.

Posted February 05, 2014

Saul Alinsky, about whom the young Hillary Rodham wrote her Wellesley honor’s thesis, was neither communist nor conventional Big Government liberal. Hillary Rodham turned down a job offer from Alinsky. She turned aside from the path of anti-establishment populist.

Posted February 04, 2014

Hillary Rodham chose the path of “central power” rather than the path of “personal dignity.” There is some evidence she is not fully at peace with that decision. Much depends, for her, her party, and America, on what she does next.

Posted January 28, 2014

Following President Obama’s lead, the Democrats are seeking to make income inequality the wedge issue of the 2014 Congressional and Senate elections. This unquestionably addresses an issue that — after forty years of middle class family wage stagnation — resonates with voters.

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.