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Contemplating a Jobless Future: I For One Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

Contemplating a Jobless Future: I For One Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

. By Thomas L. Knapp Writing in Reason magazine, Ronald Bailey asks (and tries to answer) a question you’ve probably been hearing a lot lately and may have silently asked yourself: “Are Robots Going to Steal Our Jobs?” Bailey takes an optimistic view. “[A]s we look ahead now to the end of the 21st century, […]

The Federal Education Budget: Teapot, Meet Tempest

The Federal Education Budget: Teapot, Meet Tempest

. By Thomas L. Knapp The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 requires the president of the United States to submit a budget proposal to Congress for each fiscal year. Congress isn’t required to honor that proposal. In fact its budget resolutions and actual appropriations seldom reflect presidents’ requests very closely. But there are always […]

SCOTUS: Patent Trolls’ Loss is a Win for Honest Commerce

SCOTUS: Patent Trolls’ Loss is a Win for Honest Commerce

. By Thomas L. Knapp On May 22, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously — and correctly — on a fairly obscure case that nonetheless has huge implications in an area where millions or even billions of dollars are frequently at stake. In TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, the Court came down against […]

Seth Rich, the DNC, and WikiLeaks: The Plot Thickens

Seth Rich, the DNC, and WikiLeaks: The Plot Thickens

. By Thomas L. Knapp According to the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department, the nation’s capital reported 135 homicides last year. One of those homicides, the killing of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich on July 10, 2016, continues to make news ten months later. Who killed Seth Rich, and why? We may never […]

The US Postal Service is Dying. Let it.

The US Postal Service is Dying. Let it.

. By Thomas L. Knapp   Like most monopolies, the US Postal Service isn’t interested in changing its business model. An enterprise hemorrhaging cash  in a free market would cut prices, improve service, look for new revenue streams, or simply close its doors. The USPS solution, as usual, is to raise prices and hope for […]

Congress Should Just Say No to Trump’s Afghanistan Surge

Congress Should Just Say No to Trump’s Afghanistan Surge

  . By Thomas L. Knapp With the US occupation of Afghanistan well into its sixteenth year and the country no closer to becoming a stable democracy than it was in late 2001, Antiwar.com reports that this isn’t an “all options are on the table” scenario. President Donald Trump seems to have rejected the idea […]

The Scandal Isn’t Post-Presidential Speaking Fees, It’s Political Pensions

The Scandal Isn’t Post-Presidential Speaking Fees, It’s Political Pensions

. By Thomas L. Knapp As former US president Barack Obama’s second term drew toward its close last July, he exercised his veto power for the eleventh of 12 times, shutting down “The Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016.” The bill, which easily passed both houses of Congress, would have reduced former presidents’ pensions and […]

Trump is Right: “Shutdowns” Are Good For America

Trump is Right: “Shutdowns” Are Good For America

. By Thomas L. Knapp If he’s remembered for nothing else, Donald Trump will go down in history as the first president to think out his policies in public, 140 characters at a time. That may not be a bad thing. In fact, I think we should strongly consider a constitutional amendment limiting Congress to […]

“National Security”: The Last Refuge of Vote-Buying Politicians

“National Security”: The Last Refuge of Vote-Buying Politicians

. By Thomas L. Knapp More than half a century ago, Congress passed the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.Since mid-April, US president Donald Trump has twice invoked one of the law’s nearly forgotten provisions, ordering Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross to investigate the possibility that steel and aluminum imports “threaten to impair the national security.” If […]

Torturing the Truth: The Tax Cut Debate vs. the English Language

Torturing the Truth: The Tax Cut Debate vs. the English Language

. By Thomas L. Knapp On April 26, the Trump administration released a one-page summary of its tax reform proposals. The following morning, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss those proposals. Co-anchor Norah O’Donnell didn’t waste any time ham-handedly injecting  the mainstream media’s dishonest narrative-shaping language into the conversation. […]

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