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Solid Republican South: First Time Since Reconstruction

Written by Gary North on December 8, 2014

When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 he predicted that this would lose the South for the Democrats. Four months later, the Southern states voted for Barry Goldwater. Exactly 50 years later, the Deep South is solid: not a single governor or Senator is a Democrat. Senator Landrieu of Louisiana was the […]

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Video: Visualizing $17 Trillion

Written by Gary North on December 2, 2014

The on-budget debt of the U.S. government just went over $18 trillion. This is chump change. The government’s unfunded liabilities (off-budget) of Social Security and Medicare are about $200 trillion. That is serious money. But let’s look at chump change. This lets you visualize $17 trillion.

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The $5 Million Retired Cop

Written by Gary North on November 21, 2014

So, you think America’s local governments are not going to go bankrupt. Think again. When Bobby Deal retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office last month, he did so with the promise of a nest egg worth at least $4.9 million, a sum he’ll be paid over the next 25 years. Deal now earns nearly 50 […]

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On Replacing the Keynesian Establishment

Written by Gary North on November 1, 2014

One of the fields of historical study is the history of ideas. In almost all cases I have ever read, an author concentrates only on the ideas; he does not describe the historical circumstances in which a particular idea faded, or triumphed, or never had any effect at all. Robert Nisbet once had a great […]

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How 1936 Consolidated the Progressives’ Triumph in 1913

Written by Gary North on October 25, 2014

Politically conservative Americans and libertarians generally agree on the worst year of the 20th century: 1913. In 1913, three major events took place. First, Americans were informed that a constitutional amendment establishing an income tax passed. That was a lie. It did not pass. But the Attorney General of the United States announced that it […]

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“Full Faith and Credit” and Related Delusions of Grandeur

Written by Gary North on October 8, 2014

Approximately half of all Americans receive government subsidies of one kind or another. This is seen by some conservatives as the demise of the American Republic, the death-knell of resistance to the welfare state. It is nothing of the sort. It is strong evidence of the opposite: the high-water mark of the American welfare state. […]

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IRS Thumbs Its Nose at Congress, Which Is Impotent

Written by Gary North on September 18, 2014

Congress is impotent. The IRS is revealing this as never before. It is saying, loud and clear, that Congress cannot do anything to Lois Lerner or any other IRS employee. Sorry; no emails. They went bye-bye into cyberspace. There are no digits. There is no smoking gun. But what about the NSA? Doesn’t the NSA […]

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