Author Archives: Jon N. Hall


Delegates to the Rescue in the Year of the Outsider

RNCconventionby Jon N. Hall    4/11/16
Republicans will hold their presidential nominating convention July 18-21, and Democrats will hold theirs July 25-28. Consider this: what if both conventions nominate someone who hadn’t run in the primaries and caucuses? More » • (662 views)

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Nullifying the Republican Primaries

RNCconventionby Jon N. Hall    4/3/16
On Super Tuesday II, not to be confused with Taco Tuesday, I dutifully trekked over to a nearby church to vote in the Missouri presidential primary, despite it being the Ides of March. It wasn’t surprising to see that Missouri had yet again changed its ballot. More » • (1295 views)

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Lurching Towards a Contested Convention

RNCconventionby Jon N. Hall    3/16/16
One of the reasons that electing a U.S. president is such a big deal is because once sworn in, there’s little likelihood that he/she could ever be removed from office. Oh, if a president were, let’s say, caught in the Lincoln Bedroom in bed with a dead woman or a live boy More » • (972 views)

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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 » • (1013 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 » • (691 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 » • (1059 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 » • (997 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 » • (1018 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 » • (946 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 » • (1369 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 » • (1388 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 » • (884 views)

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