Pedestrian Economics

Is All This Tariff Talk Real? I hope Not!

Is all the Trump tariff talk real? Or is this just a better-orchestrated rehash of Trump vs Pina Nieta 2017? Do you remember when President Donald Trump begged Mexico to pay for the wall, or failing that, at least not to say publically that they wouldn’t? Of course, you don’t. If you linked here from […]

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Sexual Counterfeiters

I wrote this before leaving town for the holidays.  But check out the update at the end.  I love being right! Let’s pretend we’re Puritans and we’re irreparably offended by Roy Moore, et al! A good holiday read this year might be The Crucible: A play in four acts by Arthur Miller. Yes, the original […]

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Why Everyone Is Wrong About "Tax Reform"

So, What’s Wrong With “Tax Reform”? I’ll start with this little hint:  What we are seeing debated right now in the abortion we call Congress is not tax reform.  It isn’t even a significant tax reduction.  Okay, so that was more than a hint. Take a gander at my piece about Boris and Ivan.  When […]

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A Fun and Easy Lesson: Boris and Ivan

I was told this story by an economist. He said an economist is a CPA without the bubbly personality. For the life of me I cannot recall his name. Boris and Ivan Boris and Ivan were goat herders in pre-communist Russia.   They lived on neighboring farms, raised their little herds and sold goat milk. Goat […]

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Smirky Head Shakers II

Those TV and movie moments that make normal people smirk and shake their heads. I was at a doctor’s office waiting for my wife last week, watching a Biloxi news show. I had to cringe. This is why local news is seen as the kindergarten of the news media industry. The anchorwoman was discussing child […]

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Pay Attention!

I am supposed to be doing homework for a special project. But I if I didn’t get this out, my head will explode. Everybody is getting their noses out of joint about the NFL and Donald Trump being his regular, inarticulate, nonsensical self.  I sure as hell said my piece about it.  But as a […]

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The NFL. Children. Ignorant, Petulant and Overpaid

I’ll put the Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF as my old boss used to call it). The playing of the National Anthem at sporting events has always been for one and only one purpose. It was a way of saying, in a feel-good way that we are all in this together. The Baptist in section […]

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Modern Fallacies of "Race" and "Heritage"

This is addressed to a small, but growing subset of our population. In the following paragraphs, I will state several facts.  They won’t be arguable. Every literate person who reads these facts will know they are true.  But these facts will tug at the silly emotionalism too many have chosen to cloak their lives in.  […]

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"Founded By Slaveholders", A Non-thinker's Argument

Founded by Slaveholders! There is a popular admonition floating around about our nation’s founding. It is intended to cause deep soul searching or inflict discomfort and shame in the American listener. A reasonable listener could be excused, with reasonable provenance, for reaching a different conclusion about the admonition and the purveyors of it. I would […]

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Quick Hits, 1 August 17

My mood:   Just a few thoughts on recent developments: 1) Kelly in as Chief of Staff: If anyone can bring order to the playpen that is the present White House, it’s General John Kelly. He is among some of the notables I’ve met in my past life. But I am proposing a big “if” […]

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Poor Venezuela? WE ARE Venezuela (without the riots)

What happened to Venezuela? I watched a Fox News report about the corruption of Sean Penn’s favorite government and how violently they are putting down riots by people who can’t buy toilet paper.  A senator joined the broadcast and talked about what we need to do for Venezuela. At face-value, she has a point, of […]

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North Korea: What Does Twitter Say About It?

Do we attack or shake our finger at them REALLY HARD? There is a disturbing meme concerning North Korea crawling into the American consciousness. Depending on what occurs over the ensuing months this meme could be either disappointing to those who believe it or shattering for the entire country. One of the more influential people […]

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The GOP Guarantees Single-Payer Health Care!

Bend Over Sweet Cheeks!  Here It Comes Again! I warned you.  I told you at least three times that the GOP was setting us up for permanent Obamcare or Single-Payer Health Care.  But you didn’t listen.  Why?  Because I am an unknown.  Or because I don’t drool when President Trump makes a speech.  Or because […]

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Damn! Now Bill O'Reilly is "Stealing" My Stuff!

I have to keep a running tally of these things.  I have repeatedly made points about politics or spotted a trend that no one else is talking about.  Then, within weeks or months, the pundits are practically quoting me word for word.  Sometimes it doesn’t take that long. I wrote a piece yesterday that contradicts […]

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How Worthless is a Harvard Education

For our first Whoopee Cushion Butt Salute I pulled this piece from commencement season 2017.  It is part one of two.  Enjoy! Lunacy at Harvard In his address at Cambridge, Mark Zuckerburg, (CEO Facebook) called for a universal wage.  He likened it to a “cushion” for people lesser than himself.  There are so many things […]

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Zuckerburg's Lunacy: Wake Up (part 1)

Mark Zuckerburg should stick to restricting the reach of peoples’ posts on Facebook.  It’s what he is good at. A long time ago I started talking about the price of apathy. I said that while it is understandable to want to throw your hands up in disgust or just roll with whatever the TV talking […]

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My First Letter to Missisippi Delegation

Good evening, Senator. I am one of your newest constituents.  I just moved to Vancleave.  So far, I love it here.  I am so new, in fact, that I am still waiting for paperwork from Virginia so I can get my driver’s license.  While I am a Republican, you may find me a bit of […]

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Uncle Sam Wants Gutless, Witless Yes Men

28 May 2015 This year marked the second commencement address at a military academy during which the Muslim-in-chief wasted the time of all present and insulted the hard work of graduates, not to mention set back the concept of national defense immeasurable by telling the future officers of the Unites States Coast Guard the greatest […]

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Simple but Critical Economic Awareness

This comes to us from Jessica Burns, of St. Louis, MO, a wonderful lady and always the smartest duck in the room. One of the reasons we end up in a snit during a market correction and politicians start mucking about with the economy is because we fail to realize how important the corrections are and […]

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Canard of the Week: Free trade Agreements

The government is notorious for creating terms that are utterly devoid of truth.  Affordable Care Act leaps to mind.  So I will occasionally dedicate space to the vetting of a fun canard. This week, free trade agreements. Does anyone know who Fred Hochberg is?  I didn’t until today.  He is the present head of the […]

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