He is a senior advisor to the American Principles Project and principal of Capital City Partners, LLC of Washington DC, a respected public affairs firm. Benko was called upon by the U.S. Treasury Department to testify before the U.S. Gold Commission on the constitutional history of American monetary policy, 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; and holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a J.D. from Boston University Law School and is admitted to the bar of the State of New York. He has served twice as judge for the Templeton Freedom Awards at the Atlas Foundation for the Innovative New Media.
He is a member of the Tea Party Patriots and is self-described as a populist conservative Republican (although some of his best friends are liberal Democrats) and speaks frequently on populism, on human dignity, and on effective Web design, development, and management practices.
The government “shutdown” properly should be called “the Cruz Crisis.” This indeed is a crisis in the Chinese nuanced sense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
By achieving sufficient Democratic preeminence in Texas progressives could turn the White House blue. . . And they know it.
There is a little-known “emergency cord” built into the Constitution by the Founders. Find it in Article V. It allows for the States, rather than just the Congress, to propose Constitutional amendments. It is obscure yet entirely legitimate — and invaluable.
The GOP confronts what could be a crippling dilemma. If real it could prove fatal to its viability as a political party. Electoral victory requires both its libertarians and its social conservatives. And they are at odds.
Ah August. Gideon’s Law is “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” This law still is at least as true as it originally was in 1866.
The gold standard, for very good reasons, has the burden of proof. Yet if, through proponents, it carries that burden, the gold standard could emerge from review to be seen as the “gold standard” of monetary policies.
Paul Krugman makes for an unparalleled intellectual foil. If he didn’t exist we’d have to invent him. Recently he has been vintage Krugman, slinging derp.
Such a remarkable critique emanating from the most venerable of the world’s central banks — no torch-and-pitchfork bearing mob — does not imply an indictment of Bernanke. Rather it implies an indictment of the Federal Reserve’s vague governing protocols.
It was not until the 1920s that quantitative immigration laws were adopted. Previously only “illiterates, persons of psychopathic inferiority, men as well as women entering for immoral purposes, alcoholics, stowaways, and vagrants” (and, shamefully and to our detriment, Chinese and Japanese) were excluded.
The fortunes of the Republican Party, and of the republic, depend on the GOP’s superdonors demanding the Grand Old Party rediscover its core mission of championing "small-r" republican principles, including liberty and constitutional rights. And the future of the GOP, and of America itself, depends on sending “power to the edge.”
NYU’s Nouriel Roubini is a very elite public intellectual. Together with Princeton’s Prof. Paul Krugman Prof. Roubini is one of the most acidly eloquent critics of gold.
Google’s acquisition of Waze hints at decisive digital technology shifts for the next presidential election. At about the same time, the Republican National Committee has hired young Andy Barkett from Facebook as their new Chief Technology Officer.
George Gilder, whose new book publishes this week, is one of the original pillars of Supply Side economics.
This columnist, last week, observed that “The GOP’s moral imperative is in fighting for equal opportunity and equal justice for ‘the little guy.’ It is in default.”
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