The Minimum Wage — Science Strikes Back

By: Paul Jacob It should shock no one: denying unskilled workers the opportunity to sell their labor for less ends up disadvantaging those unskilled workers against better-skilled ones. That’s precisely what standard economic theory predicts. It’s what common sense should tell you. And it’s what a major new study — with access to more data…

The Heart of a Double Standard

By: Paul Jacob That became the regime’s explanatory slogan in George Orwell’s allegorical novel, Animal Farm. People are animals, too, of course . . . in the biological sense. And oftentimes in the other sense, too. Especially politicians. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” There is a move afoot in…

Will the UN Permit Obamacare’s Repeal?

By: Paul Jacob Like E.F. Hutton, when the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health” talks, people listen. In disbelief, perhaps. Or amusement. But they listen. Well, at least Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank…

Arrogant Pols, Go Home!

By: Paul Jacob Back in 2012, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch pledged that, if elected, his current six-year term would be his last. On Election Day 2018, Hatch will be 84 years old. Still, Utah’s senior senator announced last week that he intends to run yet again — for an eighth term. Why? Our newly-elected president…

Lifetime Tenure – Or Longer?

By: Paul Jacob Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Talk about a silly rite. Senators repeatedly fired questions about specific legal views that no High Court nominee ever answers. Why not? Because for a prospective justice to answer would be to pre-judge possible…

Deep State, Shallow Media, and Meme Warfare

By: Paul Jacob Sometimes it seems everybody wants to mess with what goes in and out of our brains. For all sorts of reasons, not least being to jigger with elections. And no, I am not talking about the Russians. The CIA has plans for a new department — the “Meme Warfare Center.” We know about it courtesy of WikiLeaks…

Paying And Paying And Paying for Politicians

By:      Paul Jacob                 Prince George’s County, Maryland, borders our nation’s capital, so the county’s politicians have certainly had every opportunity to learn from the best. Frankly, their latest “scandal” seems almost tame in comparison to other current and past scandals. The Washington Post informs readers that the…