Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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Mississippi Corruption’s Impact on Morality

This article was first published at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 23, 2014:

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The latest study on state corruption within the U.S. is by two college professors. It defines corruption as the “misuse of public office for private gain,” and it shows Mississippi at the very top of the list. This is fine as far as it goes, but they fail to connect the dots: As goes political corruption, so goes moral decline.

The study, entitled “The Impact of Public Officials’ Corruption on the Size and Allocation of U.S. State Spending” published in the May/June issue of Public Administration Review, confined itself to political corruption: bribery, extortion, graft, cronyism, and embezzlement. They left out nepotism. They also left out any analysis of how the citizens of the states fared

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David versus Goliath: David Welch versus California’s Teachers’ Unions

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, January 31, 2014: 

By all accounts David Welch is a modest man. An engineer by training, he founded an obscure company in Silicon Valley that makes fiber optic communications equipment. His company, Infinera, now employs 1,000 people.

Hardly headline news.

But when he sent his kids to public schools, he

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Millions More to Lose Coverage under Obamacare

The uproar from the estimated 4 ½ million Americans whose individual health insurance policies are being terminated thanks to Obamacare will pale into insignificance once the additional estimated 50 to 100 million workers covered under health plans at work discover that

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The Press Release from the Treasury Department is Pure Propaganda

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 7, 2013:

The so-called “brinkmanship” press release by the Treasury Department reveals far more about the willingness of the media to report and repeat a canard that it does about the “crisis” facing the US if the government defaults.

Here are the title and just the opening paragraphs from the Treasury Department:

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The Far-reaching Consequences of the Fracking Boom

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013:

Even the people at IHS, Inc. (one of the world’s preeminent global consulting and forecasting firms) missed perhaps the most important impact the fracking boom is likely to have: it just might dampen the enthusiasm for the empire builders in Washington to continue to

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Warren Buffett’s Railroad is Testing Natural Gas to Drive its Locomotives

The quiet revolution going on in the energy sector as a result of fracking is being punctuated by changes unseen and unappreciated, such as the recent announcement by Warren Buffett’s railroad, BNSF Railway.  The largest railroad in the country, BNSF is testing the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to

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Another Obamacare Delay Admitted by the White House

On Monday the New York Times quoted an unnamed White House official that another piece of the labyrinthine healthcare law is going to have to be delayed until 2015, which will wind up costing vast numbers of citizens with severe illnesses potentially thousands, perhaps even hundreds of thousands, of dollars. This flies in the face of the promise that President Obama made back in September 2009 that Obamacare

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Declines in Trust and Revenues Force Sales and Spinoffs of Formerly Prominent Newspapers

The back-to-back announcements of the sale of the Boston Globe to Boston billionaire John Henry and the sale of the Washington Post o Amazon founder Jeff Bezos earlier this week continue to track the shrinkage of the newspaper business that has been going on for more than a decade. Henry bought the Globe from the New York Times for just $70 million, a fraction of the

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CFR expert calls for elimination of Laws restricting Crude Oil Exports

Sounding more like a free market economist than the thoroughly establishment analyst that he is, Blake Clayton, writing for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in a paper published last week, built a carefully crafted case for the elimination of all federal controls on exporting crude oil. Clayton, who received two master’s degrees from the University of Chicago and Cambridge University along with a doctorate from Oxford, was blunt:

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NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on Inside Track to replace DHS Napolitano

Within hours of Janet Napolitano’s announcement of her resignation as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security names of people to replace her surfaced, but none with the credentials of NYPD Commission Raymond Kelly. Or the political connections. Said Senator Charles Schumer:

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Expanded Mental Health Recording Raises Privacy, Gun Control Issues

As more of President Obama’s “Now is the Time” agenda announced in January is being implemented, more and more concerns are being expressed over their impact on privacy and the right to own firearms. Said the President on January 16th following the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School:

We must strengthen efforts to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands … to make sure those who would commit acts of violence cannot get access to guns.

There are at least two major concerns about the president’s statement:

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Marc Rich, the oil trader Clinton pardoned on his last day, is dead at 78

In announcing the death of 78-year-old international oil trader, Marc Rich, commentators around the world nearly ran out of descriptors, calling him “friend”, “pioneer,” “colorful”, “great”, “controversial”, a “buccaneer”, the “King of Oil”, and the “King of Commodities.” Others weren’t so kind, calling him a

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Armed marshals bill for schools in Texas is approved

I’m not moving to Portland, Maine, after all. I said last week I was moving there to take advantage of a free market doctor who has opted out of all insurance, public or private, and has gone “vet” – meaning cash only.

Instead, I’m moving to Texas, where common sense reigns supreme. Well, not totally. The teachers’ unions there are still stuck in the backwater of hoplophobia, but for normal people, training teachers to become marshals makes sense. Kinda makes me think of that bumper sticker from years ago: “Common sense, isn’t”.

By a vote of 28-3, the Texas state senate passed the “armed marshals” bill which is now headed to Governor Rick Perry’s desk for signing. It has been pushed by Lt. Gov. David Dewhirst (no doubt with Perry’s blessing) as a way to allow teachers to

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Portland, Oregon, Votes Down a Plan to Fluoridate its Water, Again

For the fourth time since the 1950s, voters in Portland, Oregon, known for its embrace of progressive values, last week voted down a plan passed by the city commission to fluoride its water. A local paper tried to make sense of it all:

For people used to thinking of Portland as the earnestly quirky liberal oasis portrayed in Portlandia and the style pages of The New York Times, the idea that Oregon’s largest city agrees with the conspiracy-minded John Birch Society about dosing citizens with fluoride may seem odd. But on Tuesday,

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House votes to repeal Obamacare, again

Thursday’s House vote to repeal all of Obamacare, 229-195, was the third such vote since 2011, and the 37th time a vote to turn back at least part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was taken. Every Republican voted to repeal along with two conservative Democrats.

Since there is no chance that the Senate will even consider the bill and that standing behind the Senate is President Obama who has vowed to veto any such legislation that would jeopardize his administration’s key legislative “victory”, some have asked

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New York City Council Passes Bill Forcing Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

On Wednesday the New York City Council voted 45-3 to pass the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, a bill which will require employers with more than 20 employees to

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The North Dakota ripple effect

The Minneapolis Fed has analyzed unemployment and wage rates in North Dakota and surrounding states and have discovered – eureka! – that there is a definite ripple effect that extends outward for hundreds of miles. They even have a graph showing their results:

Weekly wages in the Bakken oil fields have risen by an amazing 140% in just the last decade, while unemployment has dropped to under 2 percent. The impact, however, isn’t limited just to the immediate area. As far away as Rapid City, South Dakota, unemployment is dropping and wages are rising (albeit more slowly than unemployment is dropping).

The farther away from Bakken, however, the more other more local factors are felt:

As distance increases, many  other factors likely explain wage gains or unemployment rates relative to  distance from the Bakken. For example, more agriculture-intensive counties are  also benefiting from the strong farm sector.

Just imagine the impact in California, for example, if the greenies there would like developers explore the newly discovered oil shale opportunities there. And if the greenies relent and let Colorado develop its resources, the same ripple effect would like occur.

Come to think of it, wouldn’t this happen all across the country, if governments (national, regional and local) would just get out of the way?

Austerity is impending the economy, say the Keynesians

Two writers at The New York Times have embraced the fallacy that cutting government spending is keeping the economy from growing. It is Keynesian claptrap.

Let’s let them rant a little before responding:

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3D Printing: the mass production of custom-designed products

Harry Wallop asks a question, the answer to which is going to change our lives. Here’s the question:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.