Jon Cassidy

Jon Cassidy is the Texas bureau chief for Watchdog.org.

Economic Development: The Joke’s on Us

 

In the HBO show Silicon Valley, there’s a running joke about server farms as gulags. The data center on the show is utterly removed not just from the currents of innovation and finance, but from normal human contact, and it’s managed by a character borrowing his affectless demeanor from Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s Day […]

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On Immigration, Let Trump Be Trump

 

It looks like President Trump may have lost Ann Coulter, maybe for good this time. These screamers from the entertainment wing of the Republican Party are part of the reason for our present troubles with immigration policy. Immigration is a practical problem with practical solutions, yet the second anybody proposes one, somebody starts shrieking “amnesty” […]

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Due Process: Whose Fascism? Our Fascism!

 

“Terrorism is not just killing with a bomb, but activating ideas,” Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla told his interviewer, by way of explaining why a paraplegic activist had been “disappeared.” In Christopher Hitchens’ retelling, a few of the Argentine dictator’s staff officers glared at him as they realized the general was being too candid. Even these […]

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Soccer Capitalism Outperforms NFL Cronyism

 

Irony doesn’t come up too much when we’re talking about sports, except maybe when a color commentator is finding it “ironical” that a guy on one team went to high school with a guy on the other team. Maybe that’s why hardly anyone finds it remarkable that in America, home of capitalism and free markets, […]

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Bob Costa Misses a Learning Moment

 

One of the best things about leaving Washington, D.C. is that you never again feel compelled to watch shows like PBS’s Washington Week, where the first question on host Robert Costa’s mind Friday night was whether Hurricane Harvey had “changed everything in Washington.” The important thing about all this suffering was that it had pre-empted […]

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Fake News: Ignorant Reporters Blame Houston

 

“She spent evenings with the art books Yankel had bought for her in Lutsk, and each morning sulked over breakfast. They were good and fine, but not beautiful. No, not if I’m being honest with myself. They are only the best of what exists.” — Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated Every year, when the […]

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The Modest Glories of Houston

 

All beautiful places are prone to natural disaster. The old Yoni Wolf lyric keeps coming back to me, as I look out the windows of my home in the Houston suburbs, or walk along the banks of a creek that’s swollen into a river after 24 inches of rain in 24 hours, or sit for […]

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Protectionism Keeps the Swamp Full

 

Thomas Jefferson was an economic idiot. An import embargo he imposed as president cost the country something like 5 percent of gross domestic product, according to modern studies. But we remember his noble ideas, not his skills with a checkbook. Abraham Lincoln was a protectionist, too. Nobody remembers this, in part because the economy of […]

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What Kind of Journalist Wants to Censor Racists?

 

Are we really worried about the white nationalists? Are they such a threat we’re ready to surrender our one liberty that remains intact? And if the answer is obvious, then why are outfits like ProPublica, which should be champions of open inquiry and free debate, pushing a new regime of censoriousness? First, we hate Nazis. […]

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How Congress Abets Seaway Robbery

 

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R — San Diego, once spent $600 of campaign money on a plane ticket for his cat. So you wouldn’t expect Hunter to see the problem with a law that forces ranchers in Hawaii to charter a weekly 747 to get their cattle to market. Yet Hunter’s views on interstate cargo transportation […]

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