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Shawn Ritenour


    Fri, September 26, 2014

    Obama Climate Policies Hurt Poor


    In anticipation of this week's United Nations Climate Summit, tens of thousands of activists stormed Manhattan in what organizers dubbed "The Peoples Climate March."

    Organized ...

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    Thu, September 26, 2013

    The Path to Prosperity or Bankruptcy?


    Once again there is panic running through the halls of Congress, the Oval Office and in the chattering classes that make up mainstream media over the prospect of shutting down the federal government. ...

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    Thu, November 01, 2012

    Two Percent Economic Growth: Real or Apparent?


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has just announced that GDP grew at a rate of 2 percent during the last ...

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    Fri, September 28, 2012

    Who Spends Wisest?


    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    The financial and economic meltdown of 2008 was preceded by large increases in government spending and monetary ...

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    Fri, August 17, 2012

    The Tale of the Hitchhiker's Recovery



    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

    In light of claims that we've been in an economic recovery since late 2009, news such as the unemployment rate ...

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    Wed, October 26, 2011

    A Global Central Bank?


    Do we need a supranational authority to enforce social justice? The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PJCP) seems to think so. Its new document, "Towards Reforming the ...

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    Fri, May 06, 2011

    What Would Jesus Cut?


    That is the question asked by the left-leaning Christian organization, Sojourners, in its campaign of the same name. It is a most appropriate question given the battle over the budget and given this ...

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    Tue, April 26, 2011

    Playing the Ostrich on Price Inflation


    By the time you read this, there's a good chance that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will have held the Fed's first press conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market ...

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    Wed, April 13, 2011

    Money Can't Buy You Economic Prosperity


    Defenders of the Federal Reserve have been out in force recently declaring the triumph of Money Printing 2, James Grant's suggested more truthful term for "quantitative ...

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    Mon, December 06, 2010

    The Lessons of Japan


    Since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke announced his plan for the Federal Reserve to inflate (I'm sorry, "quantitatively ease") commercial bank reserves by $600 billion, he has come under ...

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    Tue, September 14, 2010

    Where Have You Gone,Ludwig von Mises


    Washington's stunning economic power grabs–healthcare centralization, Keynesian fiscal stimulus, and Federal Reserve bailouts–are creating an unintended consequence: an increasing demand ...

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    Wed, March 17, 2010

    V&V Q&A: God, Socialism, and the Free Market


    Editor's Note: The "V&V Q&A" is an e-publication from The Center for Vision ~Values at Grove City College. This latest edition of "V&V Q&A" is an intriguing look at the biblical ...

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    Wed, October 07, 2009

    Ludwig von Mises: Economist for the Ages


    It seems that when an economy goes bad, the temptation for intellectuals to go and do likewise is too much for them to resist. Public thinkers across the spectrum, from Paul Krugman to Richard ...

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    Tue, July 28, 2009

    The Minimum Wage: Keeping Prosperity Around the Corner


    The last thing we need in the midst of our current recession is what happened last Friday: the third increase in the minimum wage in only two years.

    Contemporary labor markets throughout ...

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    Wed, October 01, 2008

    Stop the Bailout


    When facing a major financial problem, it is not uncommon to face the temptation to do something foolish at best or something evil at worst. Our elected officials and un-elected monetary and ...

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