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First of all, about reparations, the notion of paying money to black or partially black Americans for the enslavement of their ancestors from Africa. It’s a beguiling idea. Slavery was so hideous a crime and caused so much pain and…

Wednesday An idiotic day. I went up to my favorite Italian restaurant, The Rainbow, on Sunset Strip, to get some take out lasagna. As I waited, a young woman I know very slightly came up to me and gave me…

To begin at the beginning, I’m at the Breakers, a spectacularly built and situated resort in Palm Beach, Florida. I’m here to give a speech to the Four Arts Community Center. The speech was yesterday, immediately after a lovely lunch…

Now for the charming topics of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Ed Markey, and the so-called “Green New Deal.” If ever there was a multi-pronged way to snatch Depression from the Jaws of prosperity, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez seems to have hit upon it. Ms….

Well, it had to happen. We were taught in econ 101 (actually my first class in econ was “Money and Banking” taught by my parents’ dear, dear friend from the University of Chicago, C. Lowell Harriss) that if you keep…

Sunday Here I am in Miami Beach with my friend and assistant, Bob Noah. He’s a super smart guy and I could barely travel without him. We maneuvered our way through the massive airport, got into our car, and headed…

In June of 1970, I graduated from Yale Law School. Not by grades but by the election of my peers, I was selected to be valedictorian. I gave a high sounding speech about law and social justice and kindness and…

The question of questions: Why did we have so much volatility in the financial markets in the Fall and early Winter? This was extreme volatility by any measure. The fact that it happened while the U.S. was in an extreme…

Saturday Wow. What a day I had yesterday. Just awful stomach ache. Could it have been from corned beef? Could it have been from watching Maxine Waters on TV? Ms. Waters and I go back to the school busing struggle…

One day in early 1974 I was a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon. I needed data about the economy for my work. I walked up 3 flights of stairs to my father’s office. He was Chairman of the President’s…

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