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How Trump Can Beat The Terrorists And Restore Generous American Immigration

Feb 19, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Ralph Benko

Terrorists seek to terrorize. The purpose of terrorism, a form of guerrilla warfare, is not merely to inflict casualties but to terrorize the populace. As Robert Taber wrote in his authoritative study The War of the Flea: A Study of Guerrilla Warfare Theory and Practice:


The Left, Not Kellyanne Conway, Invented ‘Alternative Facts’

Ralph Benko

The left is engaged in an all-out war on Trump and his supporters. One of its weapons is to attack declarations as “Fake News.” Prominent journalists had a field day with Trump Counsellor Kellyanne Conway for coining the phrase “alternative facts” in defending Sean Spicer’s observations about the crowd size at Trump’s […]

The Political Is Now Personal

02/09/2017 02:57 pm ET


Living Room Conversations Open your ears. Open your mind. Open your home.

By Ralph Benko

The Rasmussen polling company recently issued a bulletin headlined “A lot of Americans have hard feelings after last November’s presidential election.” This is not a surprise but it is good to have it quantified:


Steve Bannon Is Not the Imaginary Hobgoblin Portrayed by the Media Elite

Ralph Benko

February 7, 2017, 12:04 am

If they don’t listen they won’t hear.

The elite media is currently awash with fascinated hogwash about Steve Bannon, President Trump’s White House strategist. Time magazine devotes its current cover to an intentionally unflattering cover photo of and snarky cover headline about him. Time is joining the […]

Can Donald Trump Avoid Andrew Jackson’s Trap And Create An American Economic Miracle?

Jan 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Ralph Benko

Andrew Jackson was a populist. His charisma and rhetoric anticipated that of Donald J. Trump. Many have noted the resemblance. Jackson was nicknamed “Old Hickory.” Call Donald Trump “New Hickory.”

It appears that Jackson’s portrait now hangs in the Oval Office. President Trump might just, […]

The Left Wages War On Donald Trump, Its Godzilla

Jan 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Ralph Benko

Last week, in downtown DC, I was treated up-close-and-personal to Greenpeace’s banner unfurled — two intrepid activists dangling from it to provide ballast — from the top of a 270-foot-high crane rising above the crater of the old Washington Post building proclaiming RESIST. It […]

How President Trump Could Bring About A Safer Greater World Peace

Jan 20, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

Ralph Benko

As I have argued here, repeatedly, Donald Trump won the presidency on a platform of peace and prosperity. Now, as he himself recently told The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, “you still have to produce the results.”

There’s more than a little anxiety about whether Trump’s […]

Silicon Valley, Stop Playing Brigadoon And Make America Politically Good And Great Again

Jan 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Ralph Benko

American is having a long delayed political nervous breakdown. That derives from a breakdown in our underlying philosophy. Silicon Valley could fix that.

America was founded on, and has as its DNA, “classical liberalism.” America’s political structure was very intentionally patterned on the philosophy of […]

Help Make A Report Card For President Trump!

Jan 8, 2017 @ 10:01 AM

Ralph Benko

Donald Trump has raised high expectations among his admirers. My recent column Is Donald Trump’s Paleopopulism A Mortal Threat To the Left’s Calamity Jane Politics? observed:

Can Trump, with smart policy design, sell his agenda to a likely recalcitrant Republican Congress and make it […]

Is Donald Trump’s Paleopopulism A Mortal Threat To The Left’s ‘Calamity Jane’ Politics?

Dec 31, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Ralph Benko

The Washington Post‘s Dan Balz reported on the political elites confronting Trump,”As one former member of Obama’s campaign team put it, ‘I feel like in some ways my brain has to think differently than it ever has.’” True fact.


How to “think differently?” […]

President Trump’s First Big Fight Will Be With ‘Tyrannosaurus John’ Over ‘Tough Dove Rex’

Dec 25, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Ralph Benko

Today’s 25th anniversary of the fall of the USSR and the end of the Cold War is not just a historical curio. It has had, and again soon will have, profound political ramifications.

Most of the political class, very much including the media, have […]

Ayn Rand’s Ghost Does Not Haunt The Trump Administration

Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Ralph Benko

“Who is Donald Trump?”

To paraphrase the opening line of Atlas Shrugged, the mainstream media remains on its manic quest to define the incoming president. It once again goes off the rails.

The Washington Post recently featured a long article by James Hohmann trying […]

‘Clinton Beats Trump’ Is The Real ‘Fake News’ Scandal

Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:00 PM

Ralph Benko

The left has been hysterically pushing a new meme, “fake news.” While ostensibly neutral in practice it is subliminally weaponized as another lame vector — along with attacks on the electoral college and so forth — to undermine the legitimacy of the election of Donald […]

The Hard Left’s War Against Donald Trump Threatens To Terminally Damage The Left

DEC 10, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Ralph Benko

The left is in a state of frenzy about the election of Donald Trump. The soft left would do well to follow the example of President Obama, himself a man of the soft left, and detach itself from the hysterics of the hard left.

Political defeat […]

Trump Is Right On The Money But Some Of His Transition Team Leadership Are Not

Nov 30, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Ralph Benko

The presidential transition has been going very well. The transition team is composed of impressive, high proficiency, high integrity people. The appointments issuing from Trump Towers speak well of the President-elect and his inner circle advisors.

That said, there’s a strange gap. It’s potentially […]

Nouriel Roubini? The Golden Doves Are More Powerful Than The Golden Hawks

Nov 26, 2016 @ 05:00 PM

Ralph Benko

In Project Syndicate Prof. Nouriel Roubini writes about Trump’s Monetary Conundrum:

During his campaign, Trump threatened the US Federal Reserve’s independence, and heaped criticism on Fed Chair Janet Yellen. But Trump is a real-estate mogul, so we cannot immediately assume that he is a […]

Trump’s Plan To Create A Coalition That Will ‘Govern For 50 Years’

Nov 20, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Ralph Benko

I recently, here at, wrote:

Trump may talk like an ‘Archie Bunker galoot at times but he’s no bigot. Don’t be surprised if he [President Trump] next reaches out to enroll the ethnic left. If he does so and succeeds, as I expect he […]

The Left’s Despots, Not Donald Trump, Deserve The Left’s Fury

Nov 13, 2016 @ 04:00 PM

Ralph Benko

The left is in a real fury, doubling down on its disgraceful efforts to paint Trump’s supporters as bigots. The left has a better object for its fury: its own most vocal faction. The left’s fury would be better directed at its own despotic faction, […]

Discussing Trump And Clinton And How Really To Make America Great And Good Again

Nov 6, 2016 @ 06:59 PM

Ralph Benko

This week over 60 million Americans likely will vote for Clinton and another over 60 million for Trump. The way to get America back on track is for us to listen to one another irrespective of the outcome. What happens after election day is up […]

Will President Trump Or Clinton Evade What Sunk The Ford, Carter, Bush And Obama Economy?

Oct 23, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Ralph Benko

Whoever wins the presidency there is a lurking issue, the most underappreciated issue in politics. Getting it wrong destroyed the economy (and contributed to ending the presidencies) of Ford and Carter and tarnished the records of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Reagan and Clinton […]

Book Review: ‘Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger And Mourning On The American Right’

Sep 30, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Ralph Benko

Berkeley Professor Emerita Arlie Russell Hochschild’s newly published Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger And Mourning On The American Right is an important book and a delight. It’s a sociological – almost anthropological – foray into the minds, hearts, and lives of the Tea Party […]

Book Review: What ‘JFK And The Reagan Revolution’ Reveals About Trump

Sep 25, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Ralph Benko

Remember prosperity? Want it back? Here’s the secret formula, which has always worked and would work again: Cut marginal tax rates and restore integrity to the dollar.

Donald Trump is campaigning on meaningful marginal tax rate cuts and implying, with his offstage praise of the […]

The Left’s Fed Up Makes A Naked Power Grab For Control Of The Fed

Sep 11, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Ralph Benko

The left is undertaking an amazing back door plan to dramatically increase its influence over the Fed’s interest-rate-setting Open Market Committee.

The key activist group, a division of the Center for Popular Democracy, is working to kick the bankers off the boards of directors of […]

The Best Hope For Restoring The American Dream Now Lives In The US Senate

Sep 4, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

Ralph Benko

Who will conjure the American Dream back for us?

Politics is part prestidigitation, part reality. A great magician distracts her audience’s attention while producing the payoff. Abracadabra!

Want to see how it’s done? Focus on the hidden hand.

In this case, the United States […]

The Fed’s Surrealistic “Melting Clocks” Monetary Policy Is the American Dream Killer

By Ralph Benko on August 30, 2016

The most recent government measure shows that America’s economic growth rate slowed, in the last quarter, to a rate of only 1.1 percent, about one-third of normal American economic growth rates.

This may not sound like a big deal. But it is. It means that job creation, […]