Tag: Politics
Scientific Policy in Response to COVID-19

We have all heard, from politicians and from scientists, that the public-policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic should be based on science. For example, Joe Biden’s website recommends we “Ensure that public health decisions are made by public health professionals and not politicians, and officials engaged in the response do not fear retribution or...
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LeBron James Makes One Right Call but Misses Another

Last month, actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in federal prison for her role in the college admissions scandal. As it turns out, she gets to serve her sentence at the prison of her choice, and that didn’t sit well with NBA star LeBron James.  “I’m laughing cause sometimes you have to...
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Replacing RBG: A Lesson in Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on September 18, less than two months before the upcoming presidential election, set off a major political controversy. Democrats argued that the appointment of her successor should wait until after the election and be made by the winner of the election. Most (but not all) Republicans argued...
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Identity Issues: Probing Woke Culture

We are all different and all unique, and I try to treat everybody as an individual rather than stereotyping them as belonging to some group. I do my best to treat everyone with the same respect I’d like them to extend to me. But I confess to being un-woke and not understanding the logic...
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Pelosi: It Was a Setup

By now, most readers will be familiar with Representative Nancy Pelosi’s visit to a hair salon last week, in violation of San Francisco’s pandemic-generated rules prohibiting the operation of indoor salons. Lloyd Billingsley has discussed the situation in a post on The Beacon. Representative Pelosi says it was a setup, and believes she is...
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Nancy Pelosi’s Bad Hair Day

As the world knows, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a wash and a blow-out at a San Francisco salon that had been closed since March, when Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, declared a state of emergency. “As it turns out, it was a setup,” Pelosi told reporters. “So I take responsibility for falling for...
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Play Ball!

I’ll admit to being a fan of college football, and have followed with interest the debates on whether to hold games this fall. Some conferences, such as the Big Ten and the Pac-12, have already canceled their seasons, while others appear to be ready to play. There are many issues to consider, but a...
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Coordination, Cooperation, and Control: The Evolution of Economic and Political Power

My latest book is titled Coordination, Cooperation, and Control: The Evolution of Economic and Political Power. The book’s ultimate conclusion is that when the same people hold both economic and political power, the result is stagnation. When the people who hold economic power are not the same people who hold political power, the result...
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When Reimagining the Police, Remember These Cases

As we noted, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor has been sentenced to twelve and a half years in prison for shooting to death Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was unarmed and had called 911 to report a crime. Those calling for defunding or “reimagining” the police might also consider cases when officers faced heavily armed...
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The Rich Say: Tax Us More to Fight COVID-19

More than 80 wealthy individuals are petitioning for higher taxes on the rich to help pay for the billions in new government programs made necessary by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is petition is disingenuous at best. If the wealthy want to pay more to help fight COVID-19, they can choose to do so themselves....
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