The Benefits of Coexistence

Fourteen years ago U.S. forces moved into Afghanistan, and we have been at war ever since. Afghanistan has not been “fixed”, and the war theatre has expanded to Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and part of the Sahara. Terrorism is more alive than ev … [Read more...]

Key Republican Constituency Dying Off

In early December, it was reported that the American middle class, once 60% of the population, is now a minority.  On December 20th, watching Fareed Zacharia’s Global Public Square (GPS), I was shocked to hear a report by Nobel Laureate Economist An … [Read more...]

1854 Political Realignment….…again in 2016?

Our political establishment is in increasing disarray. Cornered between a reckless but dominant federal Administration and an increasingly rebellious (and armed) populace, it appears ready to split into warring factions, and possibly sink into … [Read more...]

Why America needs a VAT

A Value Added Tax (VAT) is a tax on value added all throughout the supply chain as products are brought to market. In practice it is used as a tariff on imports. The U.S. has pursued trade agreements that multilaterally reduce tariffs.  However, … [Read more...]

Nationalism or Globalism? We can’t have both.

Our nation was founded as a decentralized Republic with a focus on national sovereignty.  Most of our early national income was derived from tariffs on imports.  The Founding Fathers wrote language into the Constitution to guard against loss of this s … [Read more...]

U.S. and Russia – Cooperation or Conflict?

In my first article on U.S.-Russian relations I outlined the features shared by the two nations and their peaceful co-existence up to 1917. The second dealt with the issue of Soviet communism and its impact. In Cold War years, both powers sought … [Read more...]

GOP Candidates on Jobs & the Economy

New information has come out of the Republican presidential campaign regarding their views on job and economic growth in America and Nevada. I agree with most Americans that there is no other issue more important than jobs and the economy.  Voters … [Read more...]

U.S. and Russia – Anatomy of a “Cold” War

From the early 1600’s to WW I the United States and Russia pursued their national interests in peace and friendship. This changed after the Russian Revolution of 1917, which gave rise to the Soviet Union (USSR, or Union of Soviet Socialist R … [Read more...]

GOP Shipwreck in the Pacific

By: Kevin Kearns With TPP, Republicans can please Wall Street and multinationals — but lose the White House.  No Republican presidential candidate has made it to the White House without winning Ohio, and 2016 will be no exception, especially as th … [Read more...]

Hamilton to TTP – A History of U.S. Trade Policy

The strongest argument for “Free Trade” – commerce without controls or taxation at national borders – was made by Adam Smith in his book “The Wealth of Nations”. Smith argued that if trade was unrestrained, every nation would specialize in producing t … [Read more...]