Author Archives: Jon N. Hall


Why We Watch the Movies

TheMoviesby Jon N. Hall    8/11/15
If you’re like most people, you’ve had a strong opinion about something that was not shared by those whom you respect. What’s wrong with them, you wonder; why can’t they see what I see; why do they hate what I love? More » • (985 views)

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Selecting a Nominee: Why Not Laura?

Lauraby Jon N. Hall    8/3/15
Democrats are obsessed with firsts, as in first African-American president, first female president, first gay president, first transgendered president, etc. How about first non-American president? How about a foreigner like the U.K.’s Daniel Hannan or Nigel Farage for president? More » • (1437 views)

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The Presidential Primary System and What to Do About It

democracy-voteby Jon N. Hall    7/15/15
The following article appeared at GOPUSA on Oct 19, 2009. It’s no longer up there, as far as I can tell. Given the political season we’re in, the central idea, which I still believe in, is timely. More » • (2292 views)

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Incoherence, Thy Name Is ObamaCare

ObamaCareby Jon N. Hall    7/9/15
In “Pimento,” the ninth episode of Better Call Saul, AMC’s new series about an unethical lawyer, trial lawyer Chuck McGill heatedly accuses his shyster brother Jimmy of not being “a real lawyer.” Chuck then exclaims: “The law is sacred!” More » • (747 views)

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800 Years Old: A Movie to Celebrate the Magna Carta

MagnaCartaby Jon N. Hall    6/15/15
Today is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, June 15, 1215. Nearly four years ago I wrote a movie review appropriate for such an occasion. The headline was “A Ridley Scott Movie for Conservatives” More » • (1292 views)

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The Darling of GOP Tax Reform

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    5/23/15
Back in the halcyon days of yore, before the advent of Big Government, tax collection was one of the main places where the individual bumped up against the “powers that be.” In that distant past, tax collectors were called “publicans,” and they were generally despised. More » • (1631 views)

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The Rubio Tax Plan Asks for Grief

Rubioby Jon N. Hall    5/14/15
In March, Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio and Senator Mike Lee unveiled a tax reform plan that’s gotten mixed reviews. While there’s praise for their ideas on taxes for business, the reception for their proposed changes to the individual income tax isn’t so positive. More » • (1292 views)

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Liars in High Places

ClintonLiarby Jon N. Hall    4/16/15
Americans are queer for liars. We just love them. If that were not so, then we wouldn’t constantly be electing the most mendacious candidates to the highest political offices. More » • (1761 views)

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On the Accuracy of Information in the Information Age

InfoAgeby Jon N. Hall    4/6/15
One variation on a pithy observation that’s been attributed to several people, including Mark Twain, Jonathan Swift, Thomas Jefferson, and others, goes like this: “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” More » • (1371 views)

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Changing Your Vote on ObamaCare

ObamaCareby Jon N. Hall    3/19/15
On March 4 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell. Although we probably won’t know the verdict until June, the Washington Post reported that if “the court follows its normal pattern More » • (1037 views)

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The Fate of ObamaCare: Let the People Decide It

ObamaCareby Jon N. Hall    3/4/15
For 225 years, America somehow, against all odds, had miraculously managed to limp along without ObamaCare. But if the Supreme Court sides with the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell More » • (747 views)

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The March 4 Hearing on ObamaCare at SCOTUS

ObamaCareby Jon N. Hall    2/25/15
On March 4, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell. On Fox News recently, George Will opined that King is the most important case the Court will hear this year. More » • (1745 views)

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