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Raise Congressional Pay — And Tax The Rich

Raise Congressional Pay — And Tax The Rich

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Young investors have a new strategy,” National Public Radio’s Tim Mak reported on September 21:  “Watching financial disclosures of sitting members of Congress for stock tips.” Under the Stock Act, members of Congress must disclose their own stock trades, and those of their spouses, within 45 days. One member of […]

Try This One Weird Trick To Get Politics Out Of Education

Try This One Weird Trick To Get Politics Out Of Education

    by Thomas L. Knapp Over the last two years — since the New York Times introduced its 1619 Project  to “reframe the country’s history” around the consequences of slavery — something called “Critical Race Theory” has become the new football in the never-ending political struggle to control the content of K-12 education in America. […]

“No First Use”: An Empty Gesture That Would Cost Nothing

“No First Use”: An Empty Gesture That Would Cost Nothing

by Thomas L. Knapp   “Debate on ‘no first use’ of nukes mushrooms in Washington,” Joe Gould reports at Defense News. “Five years after President Barack Obama turned back from declaring a ‘no first use’ as US policy for nuclear weapons,” Gould writes, “opponents say the Biden administration is considering it too, and warn that it […]

Words Mean Things, And The “Treason” Talk Is Tiresome

Words Mean Things, And The “Treason” Talk Is Tiresome

by Thomas L. Knapp Since about the time that Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the word “treason” has become one of the most over-used — and more importantly MIS-used — words in the English language. Not just by his opponents, who broke out the t-word every time they tried to blame Hillary Clinton’s […]

1984 In 2021: We’re Doing Big Brother’s Job For Him

1984 In 2021: We’re Doing Big Brother’s Job For Him

by Thomas L. Knapp George Orwell’s classic dystopia 1984 describes a future (as of 1949, the year of its publication) in which a totalitarian state attempts to control both present and future by modifying the past. The novel’s protagonist, Winston Smith, works at the Ministry of Truth, “rectifying” past news accounts: “[T]he Ministry of Plenty […]

Now, About That Peace Dividend …

Now, About That Peace Dividend …

  by Thomas L. Knapp As I write this, the Taliban  have assumed full political control — to the extent that such a thing can exist — of Afghanistan. They’ve taken Kabul. They’ve put the US occupation’s puppet president, and many Afghans who served the occupation presence, to flight. They’ve declared the restoration of their […]

In Defense Of Landlords

In Defense Of Landlords

  By Thomas L. Knapp As the US Centers for Disease Control moves to extend a federal eviction moratorium that (including its original CARES Act version) has now been in place for most of 18 months and that President Joe Biden himself concedes is “not likely to pass constitutional muster,” most of the public rhetoric […]

Government Vaccine Mandates: Immoral And Impractical

Government Vaccine Mandates: Immoral And Impractical

  by Thomas L. Knapp If you only pay attention to the government and establishment media COVID-19 panic machines, you might not know that the US is experiencing fewer than 1/3 as many new daily cases and hospitalizations as in January and fewer daily deaths than at any time since March of 2020. No, I’m […]

Don’t Expand Draft Registration. End It.

Don’t Expand Draft Registration. End It.

  by Thomas L. Knapp In a rare moment of moral clarity, US Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) points out that “America’s daughters shouldn’t be drafted against their will.” As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the usually bellicose Cotton voted against advancing the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act after committee chair Jack Reed […]

No Whodunit Here: The Cause Of Inflation Is Not A Mystery

No Whodunit Here: The Cause Of Inflation Is Not A Mystery

By Thomas L. Knapp In 1974, US president Gerald Ford declared inflation “public enemy number one” and launched a public relations campaign against it. WIN (“Whip Inflation Now”) buttons were handed out. The administration suggested various ways of “whipping inflation,” such as carpooling and home gardening. It didn’t work. Double-digit inflation outlived the Ford administration […]

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