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“EUtopia”?

March 29, 2013 by

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“EUtopia”? I came across an interesting and foreboding article in the National Review Online on the European Union, using the current Cyprus crisis as the context.  The author, John O’Sullivan, raises the specter of the “democratic deficit” in Cyprus most recently and most radically, and in the entire EU.  As he points out, the draconian […]

Same Sex Marriages: Are they inevitable?

March 29, 2013 by

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Mark Smith has offered some excellent political and constitutional analysis of the same sex marriage debate before the Supreme Court (see here and here).  But one of the most often heard arguments in favor of same sex marriage is its inevitability.  As reported in NPR by Republican strategist (and same sex marriage supporter Ana Navarro): […]

Texas Gold going home: the latest body blow to Federal Reserve credibility?

March 29, 2013 by

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A few months ago the big revelation to gold bugs was Germany wanted its gold back from the Federal Reserve.  What’s the world coming to when central banks don’t trust each other?  Further, with central banks net buyers of gold for the last few years, something seems afoot in the global currency markets.  In perhaps […]

Economic Freedom in the 50 States

March 28, 2013 by

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Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore published a very interesting editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal. The editorial highlights the fact that states which have more economic freedom are more prosperous than states with less economic freedom. States with lower taxes and less onerous regulations provide a better environment for entrepreneurship. This relatively rich economic soil […]

Sequestration Madness

March 27, 2013 by

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Left-leaning author and editorialist Bob Woodward ’s recent criticisms of the Obama administration’s role in precipitating the sequestration debacle resulted in a response from National Economic Council director Gene Sperling.  While Woodward suggested on a television talk show that Sperling had threatened him in an email, subsequent revelations called that assertion into question.  While Woodward […]

Is Marriage a “Fundamental” Right?

March 27, 2013 by

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One of the matters lurking around the Supreme Court’s oral arguments this week is the degree to which marriage is a fundamental right. Gay marriage advocates argue that marriage’s fundamental nature demands that the state has an obligation to extend such a recognition to homosexual couples. Whenever a fundamental right is abridged, a strict scrutiny […]

Business Investment Up while Consumer Confidence is Down?

March 27, 2013 by

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Good news about economic growth? While consumer confidence took a nosedive in March thanks largely to continued fiscal uncertainty focused on the sequester, business investment is up in the first quarter of 2013. Although uncertainty over the fiscal sanity of our politicians and unease about the global economy are still very real, some US firms […]