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Destroying jobs via wage diktats

By Ralph R. Reiland
“Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages,” President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, 2015. But rather than those higher wages being produced in the free market by way ...

Putting ‘fun’ in dysfunctional

By Ralph R. Reiland
Sen. Marco Rubio twisted things a little during the initial Republican debate to take a jab at Hillary Clinton while simultaneously tossing a bone to the religious right. Answering a combined question about veterans and God, Rubio pushed the veterans ...

Insurgency, across both parties

By Ralph R. Reiland
The nation’s political power brokers seemed to think it would be, or should be, a Bush vs. Clinton contest. Again. Our role, I suppose, was to be happy with that uninspiring choice and just go to the garage and dust ...

More small business insights from Hillary

By Ralph R. Reiland
It took only a few minutes for an email to arrive last Monday morning after Simba, our golden retriever, true to his genetic makeup, enthusiastically retrieved the Trib from our driveway. The email commented on my column that morning about ...

Hillary Clinton: ‘Small-business president’?

By Ralph R. Reiland 11:05 p.m.
In May, Hillary Clinton announced that she wanted to be “a small-business president.” She said she would “cut the red tape” that is tying down America’s entrepreneurs and small-business owners. Commenting on what she discovered on her nationwide “listening tour,” ...

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
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 ...

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