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Americans Don’t Trust Washington

Written by Gary North on March 12, 2015

Americans still think the federal government can and should solve problems. This is their default mode. At the same time, they do not think Washington is competent. This is what is sometimes called cognitive dissonance. Lack of trust is across the boards: in the presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court. Here are the latest findings. […]

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Mary’s Bar and Janet’s Bank

Posted on January 21, 2015

By Anonymous Mary is the proprietor of a bar in Boston. She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar. To solve this problem, she comes up with a new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later. […]

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Lame Duck Dynasty: Obama’s State of the Union

Written by Gary North on January 19, 2015

President Obama is now facing a Republican-controlled Congress. So, he is now ready to go on the offensive. Obama succeeded in getting one big program through Congress: PelosiCare. That was in his first term, when the Democrats controlled all three branches. You could count the Dodd-Frank law (2010). This consolidated the biggest banks’ control over […]

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Obama’s Gun Control: Shut Down Bank Accounts

Written by Gary North on January 16, 2015

The Department of Justice, which got away with Fast and Furious — selling guns to Mexican drug cartels — is also getting away with this. It runs gun stores out of business by quietly telling their banks to close their accounts. The banks comply. The accounts are closed. Then the gun store’s doors are closed. […]

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Follow the Money: Congressional Money

Written by Gary North on January 14, 2015

If you want to know who is buying whom, or subsidizing whom, there’s an app for that. It’s called AllAreGreen. It’s free. You can use it to see how much money Congressional candidates received, and from whom. This is going to be a godsend for news reporters. A 16-year-old kid has done their legwork for […]

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Senate: The Republican Sellout Has Begun

Posted on January 6, 2015

McConnell said the GOP could look to repeal the health care law or strike elements of it, like its tax on medical devices, the mandate requiring individuals to buy insurance or pay a penalty, or the definition of full-time work as 30 hours a week. “We’ll be voting on things I know he’s not going […]

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Gridlock Is Coming. Rejoice While You Still Can.

Written by Gary North on January 3, 2015

Gridlock is coming to Washington. The middle-of-the-roaders don’t like this, but it’s coming. As long as Obama is in power, Republicans can play their role as defenders of liberty. This will of course end as soon as Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House, as they did in 2001. The New York […]

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Scuttlebutt and Power: The Meanest Man in Congress

Written by Gary North on January 2, 2015

I am always interested in how bureaucracies work. I am also always interested in how information is handled. I reprinted an article that I wrote in 1977, “Confessions of a Washington Reject.” This led to a question on one of the GaryNorth.com forums regarding the ways in which administrative assistants handle hiring staffs. I responded […]

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Why Dan Quayle Did Not Hire Me in 1977

Written by Gary North on December 29, 2014

In early 1977, I needed a job. I had been Ron Paul’s research assistant. He had been defeated by fewer than 300 votes out of 180,000 the previous November. I still thought I might stay in Washington. I did not get a job on Capitol Hill. I did not stay in Washington. For this, I […]

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