Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Ricochet 200th Podcast: The Larger Meaning | | 01.26.14

As all Ricochetti know, tonight James, Peter, Rob and many more will have themselves a 200th Ricochet podcast. The golden voices and lively wits will record live at the Town and Gown Ballroom on the University of Southern California campus in downtown Los Angeles. One of the organizers tells me that the audience may exceed […]
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More on Walt Disney | | 01.27.14

Usually my columns stand by themselves.  This one is an exception.  It is a follow-on to last week’s, which concerned Meryl Streep’s charge that Walt Disney was anti-Semitic, as well as discriminating against women in hiring and promotion.   Among other things, I said that, “Disney had numerous Jewish friends, business associates and employees, supported a […]
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Defending Mr. Disney | | 01.24.14

As a child, I was fascinated by Walt Disney.  Not by his cartoons.  Not by the Mouseketeers.  Not by Davy Crocket.  But by Disney himself, the creator of the company that produced all those films and TV shows.  So I was dismayed two weeks ago when, as you have no doubt heard, actress Meryl Streep […]
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Senator Mitch McConnell Shows There is At Least One Adult In The Room | | 01.13.14

Perhaps like me you were taught in school that the nation’s founders feared popular rule.  That view is wrong.  The Founders wanted enduring popular rule.  They feared that rule by narrow, fleeting majorities would lead to wild swings of policy, undermining the public’s own trust in popular rule. So to ensure government by durable majorities, they created, […]
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Is Money Too Easy…or Too Tight? | | 01.11.14

Last week, I posted a summary to a New York Times op-ed by financial crisis expert Peter Wallison (“Nightmare on Elm Street: A Picture of the New Housing Bubble”). Wallison had argued that a new housing bubble was developing.  I included with my summary a chart that he circulated privately to back up his claim. In a comment […]
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Nightmare on Elm Street: A Picture of The New Housing Bubble | | 01.06.14

No one has written as deeply and well on the financial crisis as Peter Wallison, once White House Counsel for President Reagan and now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His core analysis: Beginning in the late 1990s, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — driven by the Clinton Administration and Congressional policy (read: […]
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Solution… Make Obamacare Voluntary | | 1.06.14

In the closing days of 2013, Senator Ron Johnson (R., WI) made national news when he opined that Obamacare could not be repealed.  Too much about health insurance coverage had changed since the program’s implementation commenced on October 1st.  There was no longer a way to go back. Set aside that, judging from the vagueness […]
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