Month: January 2012

2012 Election

How Rational Is Your Vote?

Ask a real partisan—someone with a Ron Paul or Ed Martin sticker on his car–why he supports that candidate.  You’ll get a lot of rational reasons. Then challenge just one of those reasons, and what do you get?  More reason? No,  you get raw emotions. That’s because the emotional mind—the part of the brain designed …

Ensuring Liberty

What Do Presidential Debates and Colonoscopies Have in Common?

At some point, each additional GOP Presidential debate becomes just a bigger pain in the . . . But science shows us that the last debate before a vote—and the last memorable event in the last debate—is paramount to how we remember the entire event.  In fact, memorable moments at the end, not consistent performance …

Economics and Economy

The Biggest Rip-Off in America is College Tuition

While everyone was screaming about the rising cost of medical treatment, America’s leftist incubation chambers—colleges and universities—robbed us of our economic future. And the federal government’s misguided student aid program is to blame. What allows this growth?  Increased per student government funding Massive private and public debt Who benefits? College administrators Unions working on college …

2012 Election

Ed Martin’s AG Race Makes 3rd Anniversary Tea Party Even More Important

Two weeks ago, weeks ago, how many Missouri statewide offices did you expect to flip?  Be honest. Yes, there are great people running for Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer.  And we already have a fine Lieutenant Governor Kinder running for re-election. But numerous factors, like name recognition, experience, and Jay Nixon’s weird relationship with …

2012 Election

BREAKING: Ed Martin Running for Attorney General in Missouri *UPDATE*

Ed Martin Jr. of St. Louis has redirected his fire to the Attorney General race, and this is great news for everyone except Chris Koster. Back when Ed Martin was talking about running for the Republican nod to take on Claire McCaskill, I had another thought.  Well, a bunch of people had another thought: Ed …

Economics and Economy

UMSL Econ Professor David Rose on Moral Foundations of Economic Behavior

I’m proud to know David Rose.  Dr. Rose is chairman of UMSL’s economics department. He’s also the President of the Discussion Club, one of St. Louis’s most valuable intellectual assets. In this interview with Russ Roberts, Dr. Rose discusses his new book Moral Foundations of Economic Behavior. This is great stuff for everyone, especially economic …

Business

The Bain of Newt’s Existence

Truth is, not all companies, not all business ideas, can make it on their own.  It’s easy to say that a good idea will automatically lead to a successful business. But it’s a lie. Apple did not become Apple without investors.  Sure, there are some examples of businesses that flourished without financial help.  But not …

Constitution

Where Were You When Obama Nullified the Constitution?

Most Americans know more about forensic evidence in the Casey Anthony case than they do about the Constitution.  That ignorance gave Barack Obama the hubris to end constitutional government in the United States. He did it, and you probably didn’t even notice. Over the course of a week, Barack Obama made a series of so-called …

2012 Election

New Hampshire Exposes GOP’s Diverse Base

Okay, Santorum and Gingrich didn’t get a bump out of their debates over the weekend.  More like the bump got them. And Ron Paul did way better than I expected. Congratulations to Dr. Paul and Mitt. I still think my Saturday night post accurately reflected the national impressions, though.  That’s backed up by this CBS …