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The Trump Disaster Plan

11/17/2022

“Will an unapologetic Trump instead now escalate his slurs, bray at the moon, play out his current angry Ajax role to the bitter end, and thus himself end up a tragic hero — appreciated for past service but deemed too toxic for present company?” — Victor Davis Hanson Earlier this year I sent out a promotion […]

My Encounter with Elon Musk, the World’s Richest Man

11/10/2022

“Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties.” — Elon Musk Last Friday, my wife and I attended the annual Baron Investment Conference in New York City. The surprise CEO was none other than Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. Ron Baron is a big fan, and his Baron funds are the largest shareholders. Ron considers […]

This Chart About Wall Street Says It All: But Will It Last?

11/03/2022

This Chart About Wall Street Says It All: But Will It Last? “Those investors who have persisted in the stock market have always been rewarded.” — Jeremy Siegel, “The Wizard of Wharton” Jeremy Siegel deserves the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work, much more so than Ben Bernanke. The sixth edition of his classic […]

Odd Couple on Capitol Hill: Does Bipartisanship Really Work?

10/27/2022

“What’s the definition of a statesman? A retired politician!” — Thomas B. Reed (Speaker of the House, 1895-1899) One of the biggest complaints about Congress these days is that it is dysfunctional and that Republicans and Democrats don’t work together for the betterment of our country. Is bipartisanship a lost art that we should return to? The […]

Three Success Stories: Proof That Supply-Side Economics Works

10/20/2022

“Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes and a tolerable administration of justice.” — Adam Smith  Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of spending time with Finn Kydland, the 2004 Nobel laureate in Economics. I arranged to have him […]

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Ben Bernanke’s Legacy (It Ain’t Pretty)

10/12/2022

“The impact on the broader economy and financial markets of the problem in the subprime markets seems likely to be contained.” — Fed Chair Ben Bernanke on March 28, 2007 before Congress The Nobel Prize in Economics has once again been tarnished by giving it to Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve […]

The Spirit of ‘47: The Challenge of Our Times in Two Charts

10/06/2022

“We have indeed at the moment little cause for pride: as a profession we have made a mess of things.” — Friedrich Hayek, Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1974) My wife Jo Ann and I are here in Oslo, Norway, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Mont Pelerin Society, an international group of economists and political […]

Is a Financial Hurricane Coming?

09/29/2022

“Inflation is probably the most important single factor in that vicious circle where one kind of government action makes more and more government control necessary.” — Friedrich Hayek Wall Street veterans say September is the cruelest month, and it has certainly lived up to its reputation in 2022. The bear market can clearly be laid at […]

My Run-In With Paul Krugman, Again!

09/22/2022

“The Inflation Reduction Act was our last chance to escape catastrophe.” — Paul Krugman at the World Knowledge Forum, in Seoul, Korea Paul Krugman got top billing, along with Ray Dalio and John Bolton, at the annual World Knowledge Forum, the Korean version of the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland. He spoke twice to packed […]

Misery Index is Back! Guess Who Benefits?

09/15/2022

“Things have gotten drastically better if we measure inflation only over the past three months.” — Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. Paul Krugman, the Nobel prize economist and The New York Times columnist, had blown it again. As soon as the ink dried on his column “Misery Takes a Holiday: Surprise, Inflation on Inflation” […]

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