Author Archives: Jon N. Hall

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 » • (1127 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 » • (1059 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 » • (852 views)

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Europe Cannot Begin Again

Eurabiaby Jon N. Hall    11/10/15
Some of Europe’s current invaders drop by the Greek island of Lesbos before continuing on to Germany and Sweden, where the welfare benefits are more to their liking. But where the heck is Lesbos? More » • (927 views)

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Amending the Constitution to Defend Citizenship

WeThePeopleby Jon N. Hall    11/4/15
Politicians across the political spectrum want to amend the Constitution. Donald Trump wants an amendment to clarify the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment. Hillary Clinton wants an amendment to override the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. More » • (965 views)

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Are We Stuck with ObamaCare?

ObamaCareby Jon N. Hall    10/26/15
On September 15, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke in Kansas City at the annual luncheon of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (website). The speech didn’t seem to get much attention, so I called the CEO of the foundation for a transcript or video More » • (907 views)

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Is Ryan Right for the Speakership?

by Jon N. Hall10/25/15

Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) appears poised to become the next speaker of the U.S. House; an election is expected this coming week. I’ve always liked Paul Ryan and dutifully voted for him in 2012, but I’ve been reading some disquieting articles about him lately. More » • (540 views)

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Nonsense ‘Carries Through’ the Anglophonic World

Languageby Jon N. Hall10/17/15
Many native speakers of the English language, even the highly educated, regularly misuse the word “or” and don’t even realize it. Quite a claim; we Anglophones can’t even use a common two-letter conjunction correctly. More » • (1461 views)

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Prices, Schizoid Americans, and the ‘Knowledge Problem’

Priceby Jon N. Hall10/14/15
In Nora Ephron’s romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle (1993), 8-year-old Jonah Baldwin is considering taking a commercial flight from Seattle to New York and asks his girlfriend Jessica: “How much would it cost to go?” Jessica answers: “No one knows. It changes practically every day.” More » • (850 views)

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The ‘Growth Fairy’ and the Federal Deficit

FederalDeficitby Jon N. Hall9/28/15
In August, the Congressional Budget Office projected a $426B federal deficit for fiscal 2015, which ends on September 30. Since the record deficit of $1,412B in 2009, there’s been about a trillion dollars of improvement on the budget More » • (865 views)

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‘Undocumented Americans’ and the Nation’s Data

ObamaIllegalAlienCrossingby Jon N. Hall9/11/15
What does becoming an American citizen entail? One thing it entails is getting a social security card. But a “regular” American — one born to another American — might find it difficult to get that document if she were born at home or in the back of a Dodge van More » • (773 views)

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Anchor This!

IllegalAlienby Jon N. Hall9/3/15
Becoming an American is a bit like becoming a vampire; new vampires are created by old vampires. As with vampires, American citizenship requires an infusion of blood, but not from a bite — from an umbilical cord. There are exceptions to this rule, however. More » • (681 views)

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