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Affluent Christian Investor | August 10, 2020

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AboutJohn Tamny, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

John Tamny

John Tamny

John Tamny is a Forbes contributor, Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at FreedomWorks, editor of RealClearMarkets, and a senior economic adviser to Toreador Research & Trading. He’s the author of "Who Needs the Fed?" (Encounter 2016), along with "Popular Economics" (Regnery, 2015).

Posts By John Tamny

August 5, 2020 |

$1900 Gold Will Depress Growth — So Did $1200, $500, And $36 Gold

If Tom Brady wanted, he could be the NFL’s fastest player. His personal trainers or someone on the Tampa Bay staff would simply need to redefine two seconds as one second, at which point Brady’s 6+ second 40-yard dash time … Read More

July 20, 2020 |

Tax Cuts Trigger Dopey Liberals, California Triggers Conservatives

There’s no convincing the dopey left of what is a basic truth: there’s no such thing as government spending. Governments only have resources insofar as they arrogate to themselves production that always and everywhere takes place in the private … Read More

July 13, 2020 |

Dear David Brooks, There’s No ‘We’ Nor Is There ‘Humiliation’

It’s too easily forgotten in what is the world’s most prosperous country, but dying of old age is a remarkable and very modern concept. It’s one that past generations couldn’t as easily fathom, and that people from past centuries … Read More

July 7, 2020 |

Rumors Of The Death Of Office Buildings Are Greatly Exaggerated

“Our tenuous capital was the hours in the day, less the few we slept, and we spent that capital at a frenzied pace. I’d drop everything to get you the right cardiac surgeon, the right car, a place for … Read More

June 25, 2020 |

Cleveland Obliterates The Central Bank Conceit Of Monetary Fabulists

A drive down Fairmount or Shaker Boulevard in Cleveland, OH is a revelation. Remarkable house after remarkable house from the early part of the 20th century.

Hard as it may be for some to imagine, Cleveland was once a highly prominent … Read More

June 17, 2020 |

Only Economists Could Believe The Fed’s Yield Caps Will Work

With oil back in the $40/barrel range, U.S. oil producers are slowly re-opening wells. Financing of this activity was pretty scarce back in April since lenders no longer trusted the inventory of producers. That it existed wasn’t a question. The … Read More

June 11, 2020 |

Don’t Be Naive — Currency Devaluations Boost No One

A British woman by the name of Sally Challen just inherited 1 million pounds. At first glance this is happy news, but there’s a backstory.

In 2011 she was found guilty in the murder of her husband. Last year … Read More

June 5, 2020 |

Permanent’ Job Destruction Terrifies The New York Times, But It Signals Quick Recovery

It’s not even a revelation anymore to say that “travel blogger” is a job. Amazing is that even the bloggers with limited followings are said to rate free travel, accommodations, and tours once on the road.

Such is life … Read More

May 29, 2020 |

Dear Politicians, True Poverty Is A Perpetuation Of The Work Of The Past

“After hearing of the deaths in the gutters, I think about what will happen to my family if I die.” Those are the words of Jamshed Eric, as expressed to New York Times reporters Zia ur-Rehman and Maria Abi-Habib. Eric is … Read More

May 18, 2020 |

If High CEO Pay Troubles You, It’s A Sign You’re A Terrible Investor

Here’s a hypothetical for readers. If you had $10,000 to invest in one company, only for your investment to turn into $300,000, what would your reaction be? The question answers itself.

Any investor yearns for a 30x return, but they’re … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

Debt Isn’t A Worry, Treasury’s Claim On Our Production Very Much Is

In a 2015 opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, since deceased Harvard professor Thomas Stossel relayed to readers that “Of the 78 potential treatments for brain cancer that underwent clinical trials from 1998-2014, [only] three proved safe and effective enough … Read More

May 5, 2020 |

Sen. Marco Rubio Keeps Reminding Us Why He’s Still A Senator

How many readers of this piece were demanding Zoom before its software was launched in 2013, or Postmates before drivers in its employ began meal delivery in 2011, or transportation at the touch of a button before Uber began operating … Read More

April 29, 2020 |

Fed And Federal ‘Stimulus’ Did Not Spark The Market Rebound

In his essential 2018 book Burn the Business Plan, Syracuse professor and serial entrepreneur Carl Schramm laid waste to the popular notion that local governments can play venture capitalists. Getting into specifics, Schramm found that “only one of the 236 local … Read More

April 2, 2020 |

Let’s Please Not Insult ‘Stimulus’ By Calling This ‘Stimulus’

It’s not unreasonable to assume that if asked, most who’ve heard of supply-side economics would identify it as the Laffer Curve. The previous curve, named for the great Arthur Laffer, is one of life’s truisms: reduce the tax penalty … Read More

March 26, 2020 |

A Few Questions For The Many Critics Of The Gold Standard

“Money does not pay for anything, never has, never will. It is an economic axiom as old as the hills that goods and services can be paid for only with good and services.”

– Albert Jay Nock

Though the dollar’s … Read More

February 5, 2020 |

China Critics Rewrite Basic Economics To Fit A Declinist Narrative

If sports talk shows are to be believed, Mondays are brutal for professional and college football players. Particularly those who play for teams that lost the Saturday or Sunday before.

Monday is the day in which film of the previous … Read More

December 9, 2019 |

Let Walt Disney And DisneyWorld Curb Your China Paranoia

To walk through DisneyWorld’s Magic Kingdom is to see posted throughout the park various quotes from the great Walt Disney himself. Politicians would be wise to heed them. Indeed, a taxpayer boondoggle that would actually serve to enhance governance from … Read More

December 5, 2019 |

For Election 2020, The Trump Team Floats A Keynesian Tax Cut

Arguably the most important passage of Walter Isaacson’s book, The Innovators, was something that readers largely glossed over. In his history of Silicon Valley and the geniuses who made it, Isaacson noted that the initial wealth behind these technological iconoclasts was … Read More

November 26, 2019 |

The Great Conservative Crack-Up Over China

Gordon Chang is the author of a book titled The Coming Collapse of China. This likely explains why editorial pages and cable news shows frequently seek his thoughts on the country. Alarmism sells, and Chang brings it about China in spades.

Read More

October 23, 2019 |

With Regard To Facebook’s Libra, What Are The Feds So Afraid Of?

At one point in his excellent 2001 book The Elusive Quest for Growth, former World Bank official William Easterly addressed the sick-inducing decline of the Argentine peso. It seems the holder of a billion pesos in the 1950s, if he held … Read More

October 15, 2019 |

Sanders And Warren Mistake Money For Wealth

It’s often said about 1960s and 70s Wall Street that a stockbroker could leave for lunch heavily in debt, only to return an hour later rolling in cash. Such was life in the financial world of a few decades ago. … Read More

October 8, 2019 |

Self-Promotion Works Best When Promoting Others First

Britax is a global corporation with a manufacturing hub in Fort Mill, South Carolina where it employs 300. It is there that the company creates car seats for children. Unknown is how long it will continue to.

While it’s surely … Read More

August 26, 2019 |

The Yield Curve Is Telling Us Something, But Not About The Fed

In the spring of 2013 Apple conducted a very successful, $17 billion debt offering. It was heavily oversubscribed at long and short maturities, and reflected the fact that investors trust the creditworthiness of one of the world’s most valuable corporations … Read More

August 20, 2019 |

The Disciples Of Keynes Are Today’s ‘Flat Earthers’

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd died in 2010 as the longest serving U.S. senator of all time. While in office, Byrd predictably amassed enormous power such that he was able to shower West Virginia’s citizenry with all manner of government … Read More

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