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

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/31/can-donald-trump-avoid-andrew-jacksons-trap-and-create-an-american-economic-miracle/#5aef1e6d1440 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, if [...]

The Left Wages War On Donald Trump, Its Godzilla

Jan 29, 2017 @ 10:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/29/the-left-wages-war-on-donald-trump-its-godzilla/#1d96761b1afb 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 was a [...]

How President Trump Could Bring About A Safer Greater World Peace

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/20/how-president-trump-could-bring-about-a-safer-greater-world-peace/#3bd443ef6724 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 proposed [...]

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

Jan 15, 2017 @ 10:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/15/silicon-valley-stop-playing-brigadoon-and-make-america-politically-good-and-great-again/#462509f134e4 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 such [...]

Help Make A Report Card For President Trump!

Jan 8, 2017 @ 10:01 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2017/01/08/help-make-a-report-card-for-president-trump/#3019e4a1b493 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 work? The [...]

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

Dec 31, 2016 @ 07:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/31/is-donald-trumps-paleopopulism-a-mortal-threat-to-the-lefts-calamity-jane-politics/#2505b3632951 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. >snip< How to “think differently?” Here’s a [...]

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

Dec 25, 2016 @ 08:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/25/president-trumps-first-big-fight-will-be-with-tyrannosaurus-john-over-tough-dove-rex/#3f22f8c561af 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 not absorbed [...]

Ayn Rand’s Ghost Does Not Haunt The Trump Administration

Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/18/ayn-rands-ghost-does-not-haunt-the-trump-administration/#477293083348 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 and failing [...]

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

Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:00 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/12/clinton-beats-trump-is-the-real-fake-news-scandal/#421fe75d29e6 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 Trump. [...]

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

DEC 10, 2016 @ 08:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/12/10/the-hard-lefts-war-against-donald-trump-threatens-to-terminally-damage-the-left/#35dc41e618d2 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 http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/11/30/trump-is-right-on-the-money-but-some-of-his-transition-team-are-not/#4591ab062c81 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 dangerous to [...]

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

Nov 26, 2016 @ 05:00 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/11/26/nouriel-roubini-the-golden-doves-are-more-powerful-than-the-golden-hawks/#55674ea16ff6 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 true monetary-policy [...]

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

Nov 20, 2016 @ 08:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/11/20/trumps-plan-to-create-a-coalition-that-will-govern-for-50-years/#77d28bf12ec8 Ralph Benko I recently, here at Forbes.com, 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 will, [...]

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

Nov 13, 2016 @ 04:00 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/11/13/the-lefts-despots-not-donald-trump-deserve-the-lefts-fury/#1fce264a4236 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, which [...]

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

Nov 6, 2016 @ 06:59 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/11/06/discussing-trump-and-clinton-and-how-really-to-make-america-great-and-good-again/#7d25da28892d 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 to [...]

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

Oct 23, 2016 @ 09:00 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/10/23/will-president-trump-or-clinton-evade-what-sunk-the-ford-carter-bush-and-obama-economy/#f7135ca7d48f 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 got [...]

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

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/09/30/book-review-strangers-in-their-own-land-anger-and-mourning-on-the-american-right/#697784db7096 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 http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/09/25/book-review-what-jfk-and-the-reagan-revolution-reveals-about-trump/#6bbc361644c9 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 gold [...]

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

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/09/11/the-lefts-fed-up-makes-a-naked-power-grab-for-control-of-the-fed/#797ea3322f35 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 [...]

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

Sep 4, 2016 @ 10:01 AM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/09/04/the-best-hope-for-restoring-the-american-dream-now-lives-in-the-us-senate/#e4b71546222c 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 Senate. The [...]

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

http://thepulse2016.com/ralph-benko/2016/08/30/the-feds-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, [...]

How The Soviet Union’s Secret Weapon Ultimately Unhinged The GOP

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/08/21/how-the-soviet-unions-secret-weapon-ultimately-unhinged-the-gop/#270806a81f13 Aug 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM Ralph Benko The most enduring cliché of every presidential election is that it is the most important in history. The nominees proclaim this because, for them, this is certainly true. They also hope that it will motivate their base to vote. That said, this time it could be [...]

Book Review (Part Two): Andy Stern Dips His Toe Into The 2020 Presidential Waters

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/07/01/book-review-part-two-andy-stern-dips-his-toe-into-the-2020-presidential-waters/#2f6096197745 Jul 1, 2016 @ 12:00 PM Ralph Benko Are good Middle Class jobs an endangered species? If so is the solution to that for the taxpayers to send almost everyone $10,000/year tax free? As described yesterday in Part One Andy Stern’s new Raising The Floor is the best of books, it is the worst [...]

Book Review: Andy Stern Wants Me To Send You $10,000/Year Tax Free (Part One)

Ralph Benko http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/06/30/book-review-andy-stern-wants-me-to-send-you-10000year-tax-free-part-one/#297f89bd314e Jun 30, 2016 @ 03:00 PM Are good Middle Class jobs an endangered species? If so the solution to send almost everyone $10,000/year tax free? The formerly most powerful union leader in our lifetime, Andy Stern, in Raising The Floor: How A Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild The [...]

How Donald Trump Beat Ted Cruz

May 3, 2016 @ 08:00 PM http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2016/05/03/how-donald-trump-beat-ted-cruz/#6649d3b24696 Ralph Benko What happened in Indiana is not likely to stay in Indiana. Presidential campaigns are a genre of nonfiction. Here is how Donald Trump beat Ted Cruz in Indiana and became the GOP nominee. To appropriate the words of editorial titan Sean Coyne, it was a Big [...]