Author Archives: Jon N. Hall


Two Tweaks for ‘Ryancare’

by Jon N. Hall3/24/17
The structure and character of the federal government is largely the creation of Democrats. From Woodrow Wilson to FDR to LBJ to Barack Hussein Obama, every time progressive Democrats seize the presidency and Congress More » • (656 views)

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Obamacare in Limbo: Repeal or Let Die

by Jon N. Hall3/6/17
At Hot Air, we read that on Jan. 4 President-elect Trump tweeted: “Republicans must be careful … that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster. On Jan. 11, Business Insider quoted Trump thus:” More » • (315 views)

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Gorging on Tapir

by Jon N. Hall2/24/17
Paleontologists have recently unearthed compelling new evidence suggesting that for most of the early Pleistocene, the instincts of Man’s proto-human ancestors were severely attenuated. Although there are still disagreements in the scientific community over certain particulars of the raw data More » • (379 views)

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Tax Cuts for the Little People

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall2/13/17
The individual income tax is the largest source of revenue to the largest operation on Earth: the U.S. federal government. In fiscal 2015, the individual income tax alone brought in $1,540,802 million to the feds, or just over $1.54T. More » • (358 views)

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Cybersecurity

Cyber-Security2by Jon N. Hall1/18/17
There’s No Disputin’ that Old Vlad Putin  • Recently we’ve heard a lot of loose talk about how the November election was “hacked” by the Russians. If one Googles “election,” “hack,” and “Russians” without quotation marks, one is liable to get 20,100,000 hits. More » • (502 views)

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Making Good on the Promise to Repeal Obamacare

ObamaCareby Jon N. Hall1/2/17
One thing Democrats think they know is this: Once the federal government has “given” an entitlement to the citizenry, it can never be taken back. Dems think the arc of history goes in one direction only: toward bigger and bigger government. More » • (460 views)

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The ‘Greatest Film of All Time’ Explained

vertigo2by Jon N. Hall12/20/16
The first movie that I ever really “studied” was Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1958 masterpiece Vertigo. It was the mid-1980s and I had just read a review of the film by James Loutzenhiser, a Kansas City psychiatrist who moonlighted as a movie critic. More » • (338 views)

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Balancing Act

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall12/12/16
Convening the States, Cutting the Spending, Goosing the Economy  •  While driving down the Interstate on Nov. 17, I turned on my AM radio and tuned in to Glenn Beck. “The Beckmeister” was interviewing former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). More » • (476 views)

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Checks & Balances

2016Primariesby Jon N. Hall11/8/16
Divided Government or Undivided Government. That Is the Question  •  Some Americans believe that “divided government” is the way to go. They believe it’s healthy to have Congress and the president each controlled by people from different political parties. More » • (309 views)

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Hey, Millennials, Do Deficits Matter?

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall10/15/16
Progressives have said that “deficits don’t matter.” Even a few conservatives have said as much. Some, however, like Speaker Paul Ryan, worry that the sharp recent rise in the national debt could lead to a “debt crisis,” More » • (310 views)

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Millennials and the Obama Legacy

FederalDebtby Jon N. Hall10/4/16
In his 2008 campaign for president, candidate Obama said that the debt run up by Pres. Bush was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic” and that Bush ran up the debt all “by his lonesome” (short video). Despite presiding over far more debt in his first term than Bush did in two More » • (483 views)

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Voting Technology in 2016

2016Primariesby Jon N. Hall8/24/16
Americans are getting only the amount and kind of “democracy” that the professional politicians (i.e. the establishment, the “insiders”) want us to have. When it comes to democracy, we Americans just aren’t getting the entire thing, the whole enchilada, the real deal; and this in the Land of the Free. More » • (372 views)

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Are Political Parties ‘Private’?

2016Primariesby Jon N. Hall7/9/16
Are U.S. political parties “private” organizations, or are they public? The answer to that question may be at the heart of what is wrong with American politics, and there doesn’t seem to be an agreed upon answer to it. More » • (378 views)

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Plan B for the GOP: Tilting at Windmills?

2016Primariesby Jon N. Hall7/1/16
As the Republican National Convention draws nigh, there is a movement afoot among some GOP delegates to “open” the convention and replace the party’s presumptive nominee with someone else, someone more “appropriate,” someone more, uh … Republican. More » • (1022 views)

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Delegates to Both Conventions Need to Start Over from Scratch

ClintonHugby Jon N. Hall6/25/16
One of the more revolting things in American politics is when our politicians get onstage and allow us to watch them embrace each other. Even male politicians will wrap their arms around each other and hug each other as though they were the best of friends and haven’t seen each other in twenty years. More » • (511 views)

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