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Affluent Christian Investor | August 18, 2017

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Posts ByRalph J. Benko, Author at Affluent Christian Investor - Page 3 of 4

December 18, 2015 |

On the Tenth Day Before Christmas, the CNN Debate Gave to Me…

The most keenly interesting element of the CNN GOP presidential debate was the clear split in sentiment among the candidates on how to handle the most pressing national security problem America confronts. They split between the tough doves, Cruz and … Read More

December 16, 2015 |

What Uncle Sam’s Forest Fire Policy Reveals About The Cause And Cure Of Our Once And Future Financial Crises

How was the 2007-8 financial crisis like a massive forest fire, superstorm, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria? They share much in common.

If you enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan, or Levitt and Dubner’s Freakonomics, prepare … Read More

December 9, 2015 |

Donald Trump and Political Hypnosis

Donald Trump continues to sound a lot like community organizer Saul Alinsky.

Also comes Dilbert creator Scott Adams plausibly claiming that Trump literally is a “Master Wizard” using hypnosis on us. As one of “us” I considered this theory worth … Read More

November 25, 2015 |

Bernie Sanders Says He Won’t Raise Your Taxes Above Eisenhower’s 90% Rate; Don’t Expect A JFK Either

One important fact emerged from the second Democratic presidential debate. CBS, which sponsored it, headlined it as Democratic debate shows differences on foreign policy, Wall Street. This hypes the differences, while this snooze-fest actually was more notable for the similarities … Read More

November 24, 2015 |

House Passes Historic Legislation Exercising Authority Over Federal Reserve

In a historic vote last week of 241-185, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3189, the Federal Oversight Reform and Modernization Act.

The FORM Act — very much including Chairman Kevin Brady’s (R-Texas) Centennial Monetary Commission legislation — is the most … Read More

November 23, 2015 |

Cruz, Paul, Carson, Huckabee: WSJ’s Greg Ip on “What Republicans Get Wrong About Gold”

On November 12, Greg Ip, chief economic commentator for The Wall Street Journal, published a thoughtful, if somewhat incomplete, blog entitled “What Republicans Get Wrong About The Gold Standard.”

Ip opens, perceptively:

No country in the world today operates … Read More

November 17, 2015 |

Will Paul Ryan Measure Up To His Mentor Jack Kemp?

Paul Ryan recently, reluctantly, courageously, accepted the Speaker’s gavel in the House of Representatives. The terms on which he agreed to accept this very important post were his own, and dignified. His acceptance speech was impressive, promising to change the … Read More

November 12, 2015 |

Ted Cruz Rockets Up With Gold And A Flat Tax

Ted Cruz rocked in the presidential race during the CNBC debate. His biggest breakthrough, even more important than his crowd-pleasing holding the media to account, was his credible prescription to get job creation, and equitable prosperity, roaring the way they … Read More

October 22, 2015 |

The Real Enemy is An Economic Ice Age, Not Each Other

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stepped down from contention for the contentious position of Speaker on Thursday. This caused something approaching mass hysteria in Washington.

Chairman Paul Ryan then took himself out of contention. (Full disclosure, my elder son interned … Read More

October 21, 2015 |

Who’s Up For Some Post-Paranoid Politics?

Some of us are sick of the vilification of political adversaries, whether right-wingers insinuating scandalous conduct by Hillary Clinton or left-wing agitprop against the Koch brothers. We can disagree with our adversaries, even passionately, without attributing sinister motives or magical … Read More

October 14, 2015 |

Donald Trump And Bernie Sanders Both Suffer From Preposterous Grandiosity

Donald Trump’s new tax plan has been scored by the Tax Foundation as increasing the national debt by $12T over ten years. This doesn’t seem compatible with the ferocious anti-debt Tea Party ethos nor that of responsible conservative governance. Bernie … Read More

October 6, 2015 |

John Boehner Exits Congress’s ‘Fall From Hell’

House Speaker John Boehner, under constant sniping from his far right flank, finally hit the ejection button. This leaves the House in search of a new Speaker, presumptively but not assuredly Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, as Congress enters what PoliticoRead More

October 1, 2015 |

The Democrats’ Next Debate Controversy, Over Larry Lessig, Could Be A Doozy

The Republicans have finished up their first two rounds of presidential debate.

Next up, the Democrats’ first presidential debate on October 13th. The fireworks have started.

The Democrats’ debate process is proving controversial. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz … Read More

September 23, 2015 |

How Donald Trump Exploits 12 Of Saul Alinsky’s Radical Rules

Donald Trump continues to fascinate if likely not, for much longer, dominate.

With the most recent Republican presidential debate just passed… what are his secrets?

Richard Fernandez at PJMedia is on to something:

Everyone who thinks Obama was an Alinsky … Read More

September 21, 2015 |

Brutal Imperialism: The Deeper Political Meaning Of 9/11

Upon the anniversary of the infamous 9/11 it is instructive to put that and current events into an overarching context. 9/11 was an act of terrorism and a very effective one. That said, it was more than that. By understanding … Read More

September 18, 2015 |

How Donald Trump’s Campaign Spending Shows He’s Not A Serious Contender

Donald Trump, in the first debate, made a telling comment. “Well I’m a natural negotiator and I like leverage, to be honest with you.”

The Donald Trump candidacy has been from before inception a highly leveraged operation. Trump shrewdly has … Read More

September 15, 2015 |

Hey Elizabeth Warren, Crony Socialism, Not Crony Capitalism, Is The Problem

A Progressive axiom, made central by Sen. Warren, is that “Many feel that the game is rigged against them, and they are right. The game is rigged against them.” This theme is echoed by Sen. Sanders and, slightly paraphrased, by … Read More

September 8, 2015 |

A Party Maverick Like Cruz Or Paul Will Trump An Outsider Like Trump

The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, one of the shrewdest political observers on the center left, recently laid out the key clue by which to solve the biggest riddle of the 2016 race:

The Republican Party has unleashed furies it can … Read More

August 28, 2015 |

If The Fed Is Always Wrong How Can Its Policies Ever Be Right?

One of the most curiously persistent surrealisms of Washington, DC is the reflexive deference given the Federal Reserve System. The Washington elite tends to accord more infallibility to the Fed than do Catholics the Pope.

Now comes one of the … Read More

August 26, 2015 |

The Real Reason Why All Of Washington Is Out Of Touch: The “Money-Empathy Gap”

A specter is haunting America. It is rooted in something called the “Money-Empathy Gap.”

This gap besets the left as well as the right. It besets Democrats (with the exception of Bernie Sanders) as well as Republicans.

The most … Read More

August 17, 2015 |

Politics Noir: Donald Trump, Chinatown, Breaking Bad, House Of Cards

“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”

Donald Trump continues to dominate and fascinate. Why?

Politics, like comic books, thrillers, detective stories, science fiction, professional wrestling, movies and TV is a pulp medium. We Credentialed Members Of The Media Elite wish to … Read More

August 7, 2015 |

As Bernie Sanders Dismantles Hillary Clinton Let The GOP Discover Human Capitalism

While the Mass Media has been obsessing on the Donald Trump phenomenon, Bernie Sanders has been packing stadiums.  Sanders’ Madison speech pulled in nearly twice as many as Mrs. Clinton’s official campaign kickoff event (which The Atlantic dubbed “uninspiring”).  Mrs. … Read More

August 3, 2015 |

A Monetary Commission to Review The Fed’s Real World Impact

We pixel-stained wretches of the Mass Media lately have been busy as ever transfixing you with spectacles. Meanwhile, something really important — softly outside the melodrama — has occurred. Trillions of dollars — including your dollars — in the real … Read More

July 28, 2015 |

Gilder and Science vs. Krugman and Superstition

July 9th was the anniversary of the most famous speech of any presidential campaign.  William Jennings Bryan, in a speech to the 1896 Democratic convention, declaimed “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”

Although Bryan lost the … Read More

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