Saturday, March 12, 2016

Words from an Anti-Federalists

Suspicion is a virtue
-Patrick Henry

Da Raidas

 Trump reminds me of the Raiders and Al Davis in many ways. For one, it's all about the win. Probably more reminiscent of the Raiders, though, are Trumps supporters who, in just about every respect, are as respectable and classy as Raiders fans.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Remain Calm, Republicans. All is well!

People act as if the world is on fire with Donald Trump leading in a variety of races but, my fellow Republicans, it's all for the better.  Here's why:

First, the Trump sideshow completely keeps her off the screen, and her numbers drop.  More on that effect below. 

Second, Trump does not have a majority anywhere, and he will require a majority to win the nomination. At this point, Trump has only 82 delegates of the 1,287 necessary to clinch the nomination. That just ain't gonna happen. What will happen is that there will be a brokered  convention where the non-Trump candidates select one of themselves - hopefully, Rubio or Kasich- who will win the nomination.

Third, and this is the most important one, any of the leading Republicans are ahead of Hillary in a one-to-one matchup - except Trump- according to Real Clear Politics  Hence, the results of the brokered convention (that is, not Trump) should yield a Republican victory in the end.

So relax, the Republic will survive, and the more Trump takes the light off Hillary, the better the Republican chances in November.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Is the Stimulus Working? The World May Never Know

Just like the number of licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop, we may never know how well (or poorly) Obama’s $831 billion stimulus plan is working.  Why, you ask?  Well, it’s because Obama has simply ignored his obligation to provide quarterly reports. Full story at The Weekly Standard.  Until he provides some details, Obama’s “trust me, it’s working” answer is no more reasoned or compelling than Mr. Owl’s.

Pretty pathetic, especially from an administration that had promised transparency in all operations of government — apparently a promise that holds true only so long as the news favors the incumbent

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Controlling the Rising Cost of a College Education

The populist rant about student loan debt is epic in its insanity. If I understand it correctly, recent graduates basically are saying they just shouldn’t have to pay back the outrageous amounts they borrowed to finance their college education because  . . . well . . . they borrowed too much.  Looking to the success of the auto industry, they, too, look to the government to bail them out, too.

The underlying problem is this.  Under the ruse of making college attainable for everyone, government-subsidized higher education is really just a government subsidy of universities and colleges themselves.  Government-spons0red student loans, grants and tax credits simply artificially create demand, allowing colleges to more easily raise their tuition, tuition having far surpassed the rate of inflation (even medical care) over the past 30 years.   Just like cheap (and easily obtainable) credit drove up the cost of housing, easily obtainable credit for students is driving up the cost of education. Indeed, student lending is the next financial bubble to be sure.

To control tuition costs (and thus student loan debt and the economic risk that comes with that bubble), I offer “The Smails Plan,”  which would drive down tuition costs by removing all government-sponsored student lending programs.  Once the easy credit is gone, demand goes down and tuition increases are brought under control.  Lloyd saves the economy once again.

The plan and how it works are more fully described in the video below.