David Strom

Posted October 24, 2008

Have you been worried about the financial crisis the past few months? Well if the chaos in the credit markets has had you spooked, the looming fiscal disaster should have you positively terrified.

Posted October 16, 2008

By now everybody has heard of Joe the plumber. It was Joe that Barack Obama told that it was government’s job to “spread the wealth around”—Joe’s wealth—in order to build the economy from the bottom up.

Posted October 09, 2008

Believe it or not, one of the most striking facts about the U.S. economy over the past 25 years has been the relative stability it has enjoyed—until all hell broke loose the last few months.

Posted October 01, 2008

Are we facing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? If so, why?

Posted September 12, 2008

It’s as predictable as the sun setting in the West: it’s an election year and reforming how we deliver health care is on the political agenda.

Posted September 04, 2008

You have to give him credit; the Obama tax plan has a lot of appeal to the average voter. The sales pitch, repeatedly endlessly, is that under Obama 95% of Americans would see their taxes go down.

Posted August 22, 2008

There has been a lot of loose talk in liberal circles that the current housing crunch, inflation, and spike in energy prices somehow prove that the free market is fatally flawed.

Posted August 11, 2008

It has become popular for politicians to advocate going after oil companies for their seemingly outsized profits. Otherwise rational people turn red-faced with anger when they think about the tens of billions of dollars flowing into the coffers of “big oil.”

Posted July 30, 2008

Well, the secret is out. Conservatives' willingness to destroy Mother Earth in pursuit of financial gain now makes sense.

Posted July 23, 2008

Are Conservatives or Liberals more likely to mortgage our childrens' futures by manipulating the economy to account for supposed man-made global warming?

Posted July 15, 2008

There is no group more vilified today than the speculators, and few who are as unjustly attacked. Speculators have been taking a lot of heat from politicians and various other demagogues as the cause of the rapid rise in food and energy prices.

Posted July 07, 2008

Conservatives are in a funk—one that threatens to turn into a full-blown retreat from the battlefield of ideas.

Posted June 16, 2008

The Bush Administration has discovered what liberals have known all along: the Constitution is a mighty comprehensive document, giving the federal government powers over the minutest aspects of our lives.

Posted May 30, 2008

Americans have been treated to a lot of whining by our elected officials about the high cost of oil and gas these days, but as usual the fingers are being pointed by rather than at the guilty parties.

Posted April 03, 2008

As Congress rakes oil executives over the coals over their profits, I detect the very faint sound of millions of the world's smallest violins playing.

Posted March 28, 2008

Americans are justly worried about the long-term economic effects of the current mortgage crisis and the credit crunch that has resulted from it.

Posted March 13, 2008

It’s long past time for the nanny state crowd to sit down and shut up.

Posted March 10, 2008

What happens when politicians and pundits succumb to the notion that it is all right to micromanage our daily lives?

Posted March 06, 2008

Imagine this scenario: an economist examines consumers’ automobile purchases and comes to the conclusion that the market is completely out of whack.

Posted February 29, 2008

Hillary Clinton may have caused a stir in the early 90’s by embracing Michael Lerner’s “Politics of Meaning,” but it is the Barack Obama campaign that has been carrying the flag for this pernicious idea in 2008.