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Trump on money, politics & hair

By Ralph R. Reiland
Donald Trump said he’d work so hard in the White House that he wouldn’t have time to comb his hair the way he likes it. “I mean, the other night ... New York was shut down because Obama’s here to ...

Greeks, Germans & flying crockery

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt,” advised Benjamin Franklin. That seems to be not exactly how the Greeks see things, where Franklin’s cautionary advice on borrowing is likely to be swapped for an ethos that’s ...

A day at the beach?

By Ralph R. Reiland
SEA ISLE, N.J. The sun was shining and the beach looked relaxing — and safe — until we stopped at a local bait shop to ask what’s biting. “The fishing boats spotted a great white yesterday off Cape ...

‘The road to hell ...’

By Ralph R. Reiland
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” That proverb is quoted by Jeffrey Brown, professor of finance at the University of Illinois, in his acclamation for Thomas E. Hall’s book “Aftermath: The Unintended Consequences of Public Policies” (Cato ...

Government can’t always get what it wants

By Ralph R. Reiland 9:00 p.m.
Economist Mick Jagger, rock star and former student of finance and accounting at the London School of Economics, moved to the south of France in 1971 to escape the 90-percent-plus income tax rates in Britain. “Imagine the plight of many ...

‘Doesn’t work & can’t be fired’  

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here’s the phony ad copy for a gun that a friend recently emailed: “Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of the Senate and House of Representatives. It will be named ‘The Congressman.’ It doesn’t work and ...

Senseless politics & harebrained economics

By Ralph R. Reiland
Just when you think it can’t get any more anti-business, anti-jobs, anti-growth, anti-capitalist and just plain economically nonsensical among Democrat presidential candidates, along comes Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator and self-defined socialist, with the idea that there’s nothing wrong with the ...

Lie-based victimology

By Ralph R. Reiland
“A lie has overtaken significant parts of the country, resulting in growing mass hysteria,” wrote Heather Mac Donald, contributing editor of City Journal, a quarterly on urban affairs published by the Manhattan Institute. “That lie holds that the police pose ...

Lucky devils?

By Ralph R. Reiland
It’s time to put targets on the backs of lottery winners, according to Gov. Tom Wolf and President Barack Obama — time for the collective to seize more money from the wallets and bank accounts of those who’ve been deemed ...

Evidence of more federal dysfunction

By Ralph R. Reiland
On top of reports that Secret Service agents frolicked with hookers in the hotels they were supposed to be securing for President Obama comes news that’s even worse about yet another top security operation at the federal level. “The Justice ...

Federal dysfunction

By Ralph R. Reiland
“The likelihood of laws being enforced is slim,” said Democrat Commissioner Ann M. Ravel, chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, in a recent New York Times interview regarding money being raised and spent in the 2016 presidential election — which ...

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