An Extremely Good New York Times Article

December 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

Worth your time is this, from the Saturday New York Times, headlined: "How a Strong Job Market Has Proved the Experts Wrong." Concluding sentence: "there's a lot we don't know about just what is possible and how strong the United States economy can get."


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The Bloomberg Opportunity

December 5, 2019 at 5:34 am

In Eagle-Scout-turned-entrepreneur Michael Bloomberg, the Democrats finally have a presidential candidate in a position to defend capitalism, I wrote in my column last week. Please check out the full article at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).

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NATO, and America, in Search of an Enemy

December 5, 2019 at 5:28 am

America's post-Cold War search for enemies is the topic of my column this week. Please check out the full article at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).

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Senator Warren's Absenteeism

November 20, 2019 at 5:47 am

Senator Elizabeth Warren, busy running for president, has been skipping votes in the Senate. Maybe she should follow Bob Dole's 1996 example and resign from the Senate to devote herself full-time to the presidential campaign, I write in my column this week. Please check out the full column at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here). This also got some nice pickup from Howie Carr in his Boston Herald column: "This phenomenon was first noted Monday by Ira Stoll of Reason magazine...." and in the New York Post ("Bay Stater: My Senator's Not Doing Her Job.")

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When They Called Reagan a Fascist

November 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm

Plenty of the same criticisms now being made against President Trump were also made against Ronald Reagan, I write in my column this week. Please check it out in the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).

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A Bloomberg Presidential Run

November 10, 2019 at 8:48 pm

It would be a mistake to underestimate Michael Bloomberg, I write in a piece for Education Next. Please check out the column in full here.

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Democrats, Free Speech, and Facebook

November 10, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Mark Zuckerberg's policing of political ads, or the lack of it, was the topic of my most recent column. Please check it out at the Las Vegas Review Journal (here), the New Boston Post (here), Newsmax (here), Reason (here), and the New York Sun (here). When the column gets picked up in five different places, usually it is a sign it was one of the better ones.

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JP Morgan Chase Jobs To Texas

November 1, 2019 at 5:47 am

Bloomberg News has an entertaining dispatch about how JP Morgan Chase is adding more jobs in Texas than in New York:

The bank already has 25,000 workers in Texas and started construction this summer on a 12-story tower that will house about 4,000 employees, increasing its total employment in the state.

Dimon started dropping clues about the bank's location shift at the annual meeting -- held in Plano -- last year.

"There are more JPMorgan Chase employees in Texas than any other state outside of New York," he said. "I'm sure it will be No. 1 soon."...

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The Presidential Race, a Year Out

November 1, 2019 at 5:39 am

The state of play in the presidential race about a year out from Election Day was the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).

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Giuliani Facing Tactics He Once Used Against Wall Street

October 24, 2019 at 11:33 pm

The reported federal investigation of Rudolph Giuliani is the topic of my column this week. Please check out the full column at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).

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Warren Versus the Constitution

October 24, 2019 at 11:28 pm

The constitutionality of the some of the policy proposals offered by Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vice President Biden was the topic of my column earlier this month. Please check the column out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).

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Facebook Bank

October 24, 2019 at 11:15 pm

"Can We Trust Facebook To Run a Bank?" is the headline the New York Times put over an article aggregating opinion on the topic. The Times article concludes, somewhat admirably, by asking: "Do you have a point of view we missed?" and inviting readers who do to write in.

I think the answer in my case is "yes," which is to observe that the most important word in the Times headline question isn't "Facebook" or "Bank" but "we." It carries an embedded assumption that giving a company permission to operate a bank is a collective decision, rather than an individual one. The individual decision is contained in a differently phrased question, "If Facebook chooses to try to start a bank, should I become a customer of it?"

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Ken Frydman on Rudy Giuliani

October 10, 2019 at 11:42 pm

Ken Frydman, a former aide to Rudy Giuliani, is one of my favorite public relations men in New York and has always been a total mensch in my dealings with him. But a passage in his recent New York Times opinion piece made me chuckle:

Rudy was a pizza and Diet Coke guy when I met him in 1992. But he became an Upper East Side and Hamptons socialite and, worse yet, a Palm Beach neighbor of Donald Trump.

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WeWork

October 10, 2019 at 10:55 pm

Office space provider WeWork — motto: "Do what you love" — is the topic of my column this week. Please check out the full column at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).

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Worcester Affordable Housing

October 6, 2019 at 2:55 pm

For a bad-news perspective on the long-awaited downtown revitalization of Worcester, Mass., check out a recent piece from WGBH, a Boston-based NPR affiliate.

"Many are anxious about the affordability of housing for low-income residents," WGBH reports, quoting one advocate who warns, "we're in danger of gentrification."

The view that gentrification might not be a "danger" but a rather a blessing after years of deterioration, poverty, and decline is hard to detect in the article. The article has lots of claims about relative increases: "Over the past decade in Worcester, the median price of two and three-family homes has more than doubled, and the median price of a single-family home has increased around 40 percent." No mention that the past decade started in the midst of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression, one that hit real estate finance particularly hard.

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