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Affluent Christian Investor | October 26, 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

October 20, 2020 |

The New York Times And Trump’s Critics Can’t Have It Both Ways

The internet is a long time. More realistically, the internet is forever.

This is a worthwhile jumping off point in consideration of the latest whine from the perpetually outraged about the Trump administration allegedly providing crucial “inside information” to investors … Read More

October 5, 2020 |

Just What Is It That Judy Shelton’s Critics Are So Afraid Of?

Have you ever wondered why the U.S. dollar is accepted as payment around the world? Better yet, have you ever wondered why the dollar liquefied exchange in Iron Curtain countries during the 20th century, and still liquefies trade in countries like … Read More

September 28, 2020 |

A Few Of The Many Reasons To Celebrate The United States

There are so many reasons to celebrate the United States of America. Thankfully too many reasons to celebrate what’s spectacular. Countless books, articles and songs speak to this happy truth. In that case, this write-up will lightly cover just three of … Read More

September 17, 2020 |

Europeans Discover The Myth About ‘Safety Nets’ The Hard Way

Economic discussions would be much better if it were understood that no one receives dollar, euro, yen, pound or yuan “aid.” They receive the goods that those currencies can be exchanged for. Money on its own doesn’t feed, shelter or … Read More

September 11, 2020 |

Dismiss The Federal Reserve Alarmism, There’s No Such Thing As ‘Dollar Shortages’

In his recently released book The Last Kings of Shanghai, author Jonathan Kaufman wrote about Elias Sassoon’s travels up to Shanghai with an eye on expanding the reach of the Sassoon financial empire. While making his way to China’s commercial … Read More

September 4, 2020 |

Dear Conservatives: Excess Taxes ‘Voluntarily’ Paid By Liberals Are A Tax On You

Every so often it’s worth reminding readers that Medicare began as a $3 billion program in 1965. As Sally Pipes explained it in a Wall Street Journal column from 2015, in 1967 a House committee naively forecast Medicare spending of $12 billion … Read More

August 28, 2020 |

‘Automatic Stabilizers’ Would Exacerbate The Pain Of Recessions

A rich man once told me something that surprised me. He was once not rich.

Understand that his formerly deprived circumstances weren’t the surprise. The U.S. is happily dense with people who came up from nothing.

In this man’s case … Read More

August 10, 2020 |

Dear Keynesians, Last Week’s GDP ‘Catastrophe’ Mocks Your Dopey Religion

At risk of sending some readers into shock in consideration of how much they, their parents, the federal government, or all three spent on their college education, odds are they learned very little if their major was economics. That is … Read More

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

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