Andrew B. Wilson

Andrew B. Wilson is a senior writer at the Show-Me Institute, a free-market think tank in St. Louis. He is a frequent contributor to The American Spectator and was Business Week’s London bureau chief during Margaret Thatcher’s first two terms in office.

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Rebooting Britain — and Missouri

 

In “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” country music’s George Jones sings of a man who “can’t” — until the day he dies — “stop loving” an ex from long ago. The song (and its story of a long-broken relationship) came back to me in thinking of “Brexit” — the historic decision that British voters made […]

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Trump’s Darkest and ‘Most Brilliant’ Hour

 

Donald Trump claims to be the one person who can avert the certainty of impending doom. “Nobody knows the system better than me,” he asserted in accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for president, “which is why I alone can fix it.” What does Donald Trump know that others don’t know? One thing is how to […]

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The Hissy Fit Over Britain’s Departure From the EU

 

Pass the smelling salts. The beautiful Europa is having a fainting fit. Not the first time this has happened. One day many, many years ago, Zeus, the greatest of the gods, saw her innocently picking flowers in a field. Consumed with lust, he transformed himself into a white bull and swept her off her feet. […]

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Leadership Lessons From Attila the Hen

 

It was a vintage if ill-advised display of firmness. A quarter of a century ago, Margaret Thatcher threw the British House of Commons into an uproar when she mocked the concept of a United States of Europe in no more than three words. Punctuating each one, she said: “No. No. No.” This wasn’t just verbal […]

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What ‘Brexit’ Means for Britain — and Missouri Farmers

 

Imagine going to the polls and voting on this proposition: Vote only once by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice. Should Missouri Remain part of the United States of America        [ ] Leave the United States         [ ] On June 23, voters in the United Kingdom will answer a similar […]

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Know-It-All Government Works Overtime to Kill Jobs and Growth.

 

Not that the Obama administration could care any less. With strict new rules mandating overtime pay for aspiring professionals and others in mid-level managerial positions, the Obama administration is asking employers to hang out a sign that says, in effect: “We don’t want any go-getters around here. You are strictly forbidden to make any special […]

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The Economy Is Sucking Wind, But That’s Not the Issue

 

Not in Missouri anyway. In the just-ended 2016 session of the state legislature, Missouri lawmakers expended millions of words on dozens of issues – everything from guns to fantasy sports, from medical marijuana to opioid abuse, from limits on lobbyists’ gifts to lawmakers… to a six-month “cooling off” period for lawmakers before they become lobbyists, […]

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To Trump Or Not To Trump?

 

That is the question….   Pick your poison. Do you want — the grand panjandrum of Trump University and other scams… or the shameless lady who added to her own sleazy fortune by accepting (or doing nothing to stop) donations from foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation while she served as U.S. Secretary of State? […]

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It’s ‘Mister Trump’ Now

 

How surprising! Trump used a classical allusion in calling his chief rival “a Trojan horse,” sent by Republican Party bosses to “steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.” Did he say “Mr. Trump”? He did. The boastful billionaire has suddenly become more deferential, if only self-deferential — referring to himself in the third person and affixing […]

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Lifeline or Noose?

 

On April 2, Show-Me Institute Fellow and Senior Writer Andrew B. Wilson gave a speech on the Earnings Tax to the Missouri Progressive Action Group at the St. Louis County Library. These were his prepared remarks. On Tuesday, April 5, St. Louis voters will decide whether to extend the city’s 1 percent earnings tax for […]

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