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MP3: Thumping Nitwit Protectionist Politicians on KMOX

KMOX host Mark Reardon and I had fun today discussing my USA Today article on Trump, Oreos, and our insane protectionist sugar regime. I appreciated the opportunity to flog Congress on the air in St. Louis.  Mark has some of the best bumper music I’ve heard in a long time with nitwit sound bites from both […]

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USA TODAY: Oreo and Trump’s Trade Policy Folly

USA TODAY, March 23, 2016 Oreo closure proof of losing Trump trade policy by James Bovard Trump’s ‘fair trade’ would deliver more ‘winners’ like sugar industry while American workers suffer. Presidential front-runner Donald Trump vows that he will “never eat another Oreo again” to protest the transfer of 600 cookie-making jobs from Chicago to Mexico. […]

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Rand Paul Demise: Botched Campaign or Apathy on Freedom?

Rand Paul announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign this morning.  How much of the demise of the Rand Paul’s effort was due to poor campaign tactics vs. voters not giving a damn about freedom? In Iowa, Rand’s campaign targeted student voters.  But as David Weigel of the Washington Post noted, that tactic fizzled […]

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USA TODAY: Budget Bill Leaves No Boondoggle Behind

USA TODAY, December 17, 2015 BUDGET BILL LEAVES NO BOONDOGGLE BEHIND by James Bovard Republican congressional leaders are like a football coach who believes the secret to winning is to punt early and often. House Speaker Paul Ryan and others are claiming victory over the 2,000-plus page appropriations bill, but this is a “no boondoggle left […]

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Senate Report on Federal Follies Includes Silent Shakespeare

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) has issued his first report on wasteful federal spending, entitled “Federal Fumbles: 100 Ways the Government Dropped the Ball.”  Lankford continues an honorable tradition begun by his predecessor, Sen. Tom Coburn. Here is an excerpt on the report’s critique of the National Endowment for the Arts for bankrolling Synetic Theater’s Silent Shakespeare: William […]

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USA TODAY: The Freedom Foyer Fraud on Our Liberty

USA TODAY, October 28, 2015 Freedom gets a foyer; Liberty gets the shaft by James Bovard The budget agreement between President Obama and leaders of the House of Representatives is sparking a conservative firestorm across the land.  Newt Gingrich predicts every Republican presidential candidate in tonight’s debate will oppose the deal — which a New York […]

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Democracy, Liberty, Leviathan Epigrams /Tweets

Whittling today on some epigrams from my books – here are some new, improved, tighter versions [earlier versions of these lines are here] ** These epigrams are works-in-progress.  I welcome critical feedback – if you like or loathe any of these lines, let me know! Without a realistic concept of government, political philosophy is only […]

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