James Bovard

James Bovard is the author of ten books, including Public Policy Hooligan, Attention Deficit Democracy, The Bush Betrayal, and Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Washington Post, New Republic, Reader’s Digest, and many other publications. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors, a frequent contributor to The Hill, and a contributing editor for American

Death Tax Returns In 2011

The clock is ticking. Unless Congress acts -- who knows? -- we could see a wave of suicides, patricides, matricides and rich-uncle killings in 2010. That's the year that the federal tax on estates -- also known as the "death tax," the most hated tax exacted by the...

Amtrak is Anti-American

Right after the November 1994 election, I wrote that "the way to tell how serious Republicans are about cutting federal spending is to watch

Debating Social Security

In a romantic mood, I was reading "Anna Karenina" flying down here and stumbled across one of Tolstoy's brilliant insights. At a party at the home of his friend Prince Oblonsky, Konstantin Levin, the philosophical farmer, muses about the futility of dinnertable...

AARP Invests in Hypocrisy

The President has made fixing Social Security his number-one domestic objective, but the fight won't be easy -- in part because of fierce opposition by the AARP, the seniors' lobby, with 35 million members. The AARP is using an old strategy: trying to scare the wits...

Kerry Way Ahead in New Poll…

At last, some good news for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry! A new poll, using a huge sample of 34,330 people, shows Kerry is favored by 26 percentage points over the incumbent president, George W. Bush. The survey, which has Kerry leading, 46 percent to...

American Unemployment and Elections

Concluding a sensational convention in New York with a speech that emphasized unflinching strength, President Bush got more good news this morning. The Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate had dropped to 5.4 percent -- the lowest proportion of...

Market Myth: Worst Economy Since The Great Depression?

To hear John Kerry tell it, America is mired today in the worst economy since the Great Depression. How dumb does he think voters are? We just set a record for yearly production: a GDP of nearly $12 trillion, or $120,000 per family. As for what really counts, personal...

Pessimism About the Economy

Democrats and their allies in the media have been giddy the latest jobs report. The New York Times said it showed that July "was a sputtering, tepid month" -- a boon to Democrats. John Kerry said Friday's report showed that instead of "turning the corner," as...

Simple Rules for a Complex Market

Although investing is a subtle and complicated endeavor, everyone can benefit from a simple set of rules and principles. One of my favorite portfolio managers, Thomas K. Brown, chief executive of Second Curve Capital, a New York hedge fund that specializes in...

Bullish on Asia

Returning from my latest trip to Asia, I'm both exhilarated and perplexed. Exhilarated because Asia is booming, and it's a joy to see. Thailand, my main stop this time, is growing at 7 percent a year -- twice as fast as the United States and about four times as fast...

The New York Times: Newspaper of Broken Record

"Is the New York Times A Liberal Newspaper?" asked a headline on the last Sunday in July. The first sentence had the answer: "Of course it is." If that sounds like a dog-bites-man story, then consider the kicker: The article appeared in The New York Times itself. Its...

Complacent Europe

At a symposium at my college reunion last week, my classmates -- refugees from the '60s, still lefties after all these years -- were complaining that America wasn't enough like Europe. You know, compassionate and unstressed, with free health care, two-month vacations,...

Will Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” Defeat a President?

Michael Moore, once a scruffy maker of cheap, funny, satirical documentaries, now puffs himself with the plaudits of the metrosexuals of Hollywood and Cannes. Having portrayed Americans as a bunch of gun-happy lunatics in "Bowling for Columbine," he's now shooting at...

America’s Greatest Unknown Market Analyst

"I happen to love Cleveland," says Elliott Schlang as we sip our drinks in the dark and stylish bar of the Jefferson Hotel, which, to my parochial Northeast Corridor mind, is about as far from Cleveland as you can get. I happen to love Elliott Schlang, and the fact...

Revolutionaries Join European Union

BRUSSELS - "If Mr. Glassman hates Europe so much," said the head of the Belgian farmers' union, "then why doesn't he leave?" Touchy! Actually, I love Europe - the vistas, the culture, the food, the history, even the people. At a conference here last week, I was merely...

It’s Still the Economy, But Are Voters Stupid?

It's been a miserable month in Iraq, but a wonderful month for the American economy. "The April employment report confirms unambiguously that the labor market is back," said Economy.com, the respected website, on Thursday. Some 288,000 net new jobs were created, and,...

The Sage of Santa Fe: Laddered-Bond Funds

Five or six years ago, a friend I have known since high school -- let's call him R. -- rhapsodized about a money manager who lived in, of all places, Santa Fe, N.M. "Find Garrett Thornburg," said R. "This guy has the best financial mind in America, and who knows about...

 

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