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Jon Cassidy
Jon Cassidy is the contributing editor at The American Spectator and a correspondent for The Texas Monitor.
by | Jan 9, 2018

Racketeering is a multifarious concept, but when the word was coined in 1927 by the Employers Association of Chicago, it referred specifically to tradesmen who had banded together to artificially drive up the cost of their services. The employers group…

by | Jan 5, 2018

We’ve all had a few laughs at the Oregonians who are freaking out about the possibility of having to pump their own gas. This comment from a local news story is probably my favorite: “My mom can drive just fine….

by | Dec 13, 2017

Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren running against President Trump as the Democrats’ version of Trump? The only other explanation for a tweet of hers Tuesday, the one where she called Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York a “slut,” is that it…

by | Dec 6, 2017

The best rackets are legitimate. A century ago, the people accepted flagrant public corruption. Dim cynicism the popular spirit, it’s likely they’d still be so disposed today. But the politicians and their swarms of supplicants have acquired subtlety and subterfuge….

by | Nov 29, 2017

There’s one question you should be asking in the misnamed net neutrality debate: How will any of this affect me? The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to revoke a 2015 Obama-era rule that attempts to regulate internet service providers as…

by | Nov 27, 2017

A single bizarre play Saturday during the Auburn-Alabama game that could have upended the college football championship picture is also a perfect illustration of one of our most enduring problems in legal philosophy. A bad snap, a fumble, and an…

by | Nov 21, 2017

“They cannot represent themselves. They must be represented.” — Marx A year ago, it was Donald Trump refusing to say he would accept the results of an election, it was Hillary Clinton calling that “horrifying,” and it was the Associated…

by | Nov 17, 2017

An official who’s been in charge of a Democrat-created federal office for blame, scapegoating, and extortion announced Wednesday that he’d be stepping down at the end of the month from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. This was followed almost immediately…

by | Nov 14, 2017

Let’s tax college. It’s a basic rule of economics that if you want less of something, you ought to tax it. We have entirely too much intellectual smog in our culture, and a small excise tax on university endowment income…

by | Nov 9, 2017

Years ago, I was crossing the border from Paraguay into Argentina when I got hauled off a bus by federal agents. It had been a weird few days before that. I had stopped off at this church camp, which I…

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