Death (of a State Economy) and Taxes

As the state of Connecticut recently reached the 25-year anniversary of its income tax, Fred Lucas at The Daily Signal has taken a look at how the state has fared since the tax’s inception. It was proposed in 1991 by the state’s Governor, former Republican-turned-Independent Gov. Lowell Weicker. Citing the high debt and out-of-control […]

Saturday Open Thread 

The stairway to heaven… The Last Bookstore, L.A.

Why #FirstSevenJobs Matters

Some of you who are up on the twitters may have seen a hashtag going around called #FirstSevenJobs. As the tag suggests, it allows people to Tweet their first seven jobs as a fun way to reminisce and show off the not-so-prestigious origins of their career path (and maybe sneak in a little humblebrag in […]

Sunday Open Thread 

If you ever make it to L.A. check out the Last Bookstore at 5th and Spring.

Elites Beat Feet to Easy Street

If you haven’t already seen it, please go read this post by Ace, It’s based on a WSJ article by Peggy Noonan, “How Global Elites Forsake Their Countrymen.” (There’s also some good stuff in the comments.)

Noonan and Ace do a better job than I did in this piece, Why Trump is Right […]

Monday Open Thread 

Yesterday’s haul.. $2 each at Barnes and Noble.

Rio Degeneration

Critics of socialist President Rousseff celebrate her impeachment on the streets of Sao Paolo.

In my previous post about how far-left policies are sinking South American countries while free-market capitalist policies are allowing them to thrive, I briefly mentioned socialist Brazil as an example of the former. While we’ve all read the stories […]

What Will Smith’s Success Teaches Us About The American Dream

Will Smith is having a very good year. Over the weekend, his first foray into comic book films, Suicide Squad, earned a record-breaking $135 million, the largest August opening weekend ever. While reviewers were iffy on the film, most agreed that Smith’s performance (as an amoral assassin with a soft spot for his daughter) […]

Monday Open Thread

How Apple Avoids Paying for the Nanny State

This is a very good post on how Apple (and many other corporations) shields its earnings from the IRS:

A few years ago I spent a summer working in the Swiss Canton of Zug. I’ve worked in almost 20 foreign countries, but my experience in Zug is one of the most surreal.

Zug […]