David Boaz

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Liar, Liar?

 

Earlier this week Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post published a column titled (in the print edition) “Stonewaller, shape-shifter, liar.” I won’t keep you in suspense: it was about Donald Trump. But apparently I wasn’t the only reader to have the reaction, Wouldn’t that title apply to more than one candidate this year? And some […]

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President Obama and ‘President’ Castro

 

News reports about President Obama’s visit to Cuba are regularly referring to his meeting with “Cuban President Raul Castro.” But Castro is not a president in the same sense that President Obama is. He’s not even a president in the dictionary sense. The Oxford English Dictionary defines “president” as “the elected head of a republican […]

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Washington Judges Congress by the Number of Laws It Passes

 

Philip Bump of the Washington Post, still in thrall to the labor theory of Congress’s value, declares, “The 112th Congress, you might remember, was the least productive in modern times.” That is to say, it passed fewer bills than other recent Congresses. But all is not lost! After the first year of this 114th Congress, […]

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Solyndra: A Case Study in Green Energy, Cronyism, and the Failure of Central Planning

 

Back in 2011 I wrote several times about the failure of Solyndra, the solar panel company that was well connected to the Obama administration. Then, as with so many stories, the topic passed out of the headlines and I lost touch with it. Today, the Washington Post and other papers bring news of a newly […]

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Scott Walker Hands $250 Million in Taxpayers’ Money to Billionaire Bucks Owners

 

Scott Walker touts his record as a fiscal conservative. But this morning, reports the Associated Press,  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took a break from the presidential campaign trail Wednesday to commit $250 million in taxpayer money to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. Walker’s come under a lot of criticism from both left […]

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Boston Beats Beijing in Olympics Contest

 

News comes this morning that Beijing has been awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics, beating out Almaty, Kazakhstan. Which touches on a point I made in this morning’s Boston Herald:  Columnist Anne Applebaum predicted a year ago that future Olympics would likely be held only in “authoritarian countries where the voters’ views will not be taken […]

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Equal Opportunity Corrupters

 

John McCain’s campaign is under fire for his campaign manager’s ties to Freddie Mac. Rick Davis’s lobbying firm, it turns out, was still receiving monthly payments until very recently, despite previous assurances that the relationship had ended three years ago. Meanwhile, McCain is running television ads tying Sen. Barack Obama to Franklin Raines, the CEO […]

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A Piece of the Action

 

Have you ever wished you could profit from all the lobbying and influence peddling going on in Washington? Well, now you can. Read on for more details. It seems like every time you pick up a newspaper, somebody else is making millions in Washington — the corporations, the unions, the environmentalists, you name it. If […]

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The Next Chief Justice

 

After 33 years on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist may retire soon. In choosing his replacement, President Bush has two options: He could elevate a sitting justice to the position of Chief Justice, and then appoint a new associate justice; or he could appoint someone from outside the court to succeed Rehnquist. […]

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Filibuster Flip-Flops

 

It could be a Dr. Seuss story: Red team, blue team, my team, your team. Both Democrats and Republicans have flip-flopped on the use of the filibuster because the once solidly Democratic Senate now looks to be firmly Republican. Republicans who once extolled the virtues of divided power and the Senate’s role in slowing down […]

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