Ron Ross

Ron Ross Ph.D. is a former economics professor living in Arcata, California. He is the author of The Unbeatable Market. He can be reached at rossecon@gmail.com.

Liberalism’s Simple-Mindedness on Defiant Display

 

Once again the scourge of minimum wage laws is in the news. In California Governor Jerry Brown has just signed legislation that will increase the state’s minimum wage from its current $10 level to $15, to be phased in over a six-year period. In a statement President Obama commended California for its new law and […]

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Something Else to Give Thanks For

 

Maybe you don’t need more things to be thankful for, but in case you do here’s a suggestion — private businesses, their owners, and their employees. The ways private businesses improve our lives are so numerous and so frequent it’s all too easy to take them for granted.  For example, if your experience is anything […]

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The Attempted Character Assassination of Ben Carson

 

Sometimes atmospheric conditions are such that the weather forecast can say, “100% chance of rain.” The current political atmosphere is such that even before it happened there was a 100% chance the media would attempt to assassinate Dr. Ben Carson’s character, honesty, and integrity. The liberal media will do everything it can, including lies, fabrications, […]

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Liberalism and Happiness Don’t Mix

 

Although liberals probably don’t realize it, liberalism and happiness don’t mix. A “happy liberal” is almost an oxymoron. Why so? The reasons are many. For one, liberals, especially white American liberals, are highly critical and dissatisfied with their country, culture, race, and gender. If you don’t like the society, race, culture, and gender that you’re […]

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Liberals, Conservatives, and Abortion

 

There is no issue that divides liberals and conservatives more deeply than does abortion. It is, after all, a matter of life and death. It would be hard to say what issue is closest to the hearts of liberals — inequality, diversity, labor unions, or maximizing the size and reach of government. What seems to […]

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The Worrywart Generation: The Age of Debilitating Anxieties

 

Apparently a large fraction of America’s creative talent is being used for the creation of imaginary anxieties. These faux phobias are doing great damage to our abilities to live our lives to the fullest. A partial list of bogus anxieties would include sustainability, GMOs, glutens, pesticides, running out of resources, CO2, fossil fuels, insufficient diversity, […]

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California Gasoline Prices: The Damage Done

 

Currently the average price of regular gasoline in California is $3.81 per gallon. That is $1.11 above the national average ($2.70). What are the reasons for this 40 percent higher price? There’s a witch’s brew of factors, but in a nutshell it boils down to the fact that California’s Democrat politicians have taken on the […]

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The Costly Lie Called the Corporate Income Tax

 

You now know, or will soon know, what your individual (or joint) tax liability was for last year. However, you’re paying considerably more income taxes than you probably realize. How much more? That’s impossible to say, and that is a major flaw in our tax system. What you don’t know can hurt you and, in […]

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California’s Object Lessons for Democrats

 

If Democrats wanted to know some of the reasons they got skunked in the recent elections they could learn a lot by looking at what’s going on in California. The state of California is a distillation of fundamental flaws that are “hollowing out” the Democratic Party. The politicians, activists, and contributors holding sway in the […]

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Inequality Myopia

 

President Obama says that growing inequality is “the defining issue of our time.” Several Democrats have said that inequality will be their primary campaign theme for the 2014 election season. If the president is correct, and if the inequality strategy spells success for Democrats, it will be because of a total distortion and over simplification […]

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