Author Archives: Jon N. Hall


Hillary Wants More of Your Money

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    3/3/16
On March 3, CNBC.com ran “Top 1% would see $78,000 tax hike under Hillary” by Robert Frank. Mrs. Clinton seems to be trying to “out Bernie” Bernie Sanders; she’s now going all-out progressive: More » • (991 views)

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The ‘Unchecked Power’ to Tax

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    3/3/16
Should government be allowed to tax everything? Should elected officials have the power and the latitude to tax every transaction, every activity, every non-activity, and every single little thing in our brief little lives? More » • (676 views)

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The Sublime Subliminal in Cinema

Cinemaby Jon N. Hall2/19/16
In my last little article on cinema, I let drop that Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo “is regarded by some as the greatest film ever.” And just as I predicted, some took the bait and commented. More » • (1042 views)

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The Ignored Campaign Issue: the Deficit

FederalDeficitby Jon N. Hall2/17/16
The largest financial operation in the known universe is the United States federal government. For fiscal 2009, that operation ran a budget deficit of -$1.412T, the all-time record. That’s debt at more than -$3.868B a day, more than -$161M an hour More » • (986 views)

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The ‘Right Stuff’ for the Presidency

Testiclesby Jon N. Hall    2/8/16
An old joke I heard during my brief time in the opera business went something like this: There are four types of tenors: leggiero, lyric, spinto, and heldentenor. The leggiero tenor has no balls. The lyric tenor has one ball. More » • (1001 views)

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Getting ‘Medieval’ on the Top 400 Taxpayers

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    1/31/16
On Dec. 29, the New York Times ran “For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions” by Noam Scheiber and Patricia Cohen. The article’s blurb was: “The very richest are able to quietly shape tax policy that will allow them to shield billions in income.” More » • (940 views)

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Tax Advice for GOP Presidential Candidates

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    1/20/16
Presidential candidates have been trotting out their ideas on taxes. One doesn’t need to spend much time analyzing Democrat ideas, as they like the current system and just want to tax the wealthy more. More » • (1366 views)

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Dearth of ‘Systematic Thinking’ Dooms Debate

SocialismThumbby Jon N. Hall    1/12/16
MSNBC host Chris Matthews recently asked Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: “What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?” Clinton hemmed and hawed and groped for a response. More » • (1356 views)

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Another Republican ‘Charley Brown’

Eunuchby Jon N. Hall    12/20/15
On Monday Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kansas, a curious thing happened: the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics awarded its 2015 Dole Leadership Prize to none other than … former President Bill Clinton. At the Institute’s website, we read: More » • (877 views)

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Bailouts for Private Pension Funds

Pensionsby Jon N. Hall    12/14/15
For forty years it was illegal to cut certain pension benefits. That changed last December when the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 was slipped into a must-pass omnibus spending bill, which Pres. Obama signed More » • (1106 views)

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The End of Cinema

TheEndby Jon N. Hall    11/22/15
I used to have an occasional drink at Kelly’s saloon in Kansas City, and there was this municipal judge, a former marine, who would sit at my table while he drank brewski and smoked his pipe. The old boy looked a bit like C. Aubrey Smith, More » • (999 views)

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Europe’s Loss

Eurabiaby Jon N. Hall    11/19/15
Just over a century ago, the nations of Europe were the Masters of the Universe. Europe’s far-flung empires girded the globe. Europe had the biggest, the best, and the most of everything. Then everything went to hell. More » • (837 views)

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