2016 election

Maybe Trump WASN’T Lying When He Said, “I Alone Can Fix It”

It Depends on What the Definition of “It” Is (and also “Fix”) “Fix“: Pronunciation /fiks/ /fɪks/ (Informal): Influence the outcome of (something, especially a race, contest, or election) by illegal or underhanded means. –Oxford Dictionary. [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway,...
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Crime and No Punishment: Wall Street’s Chickens Come Home to Roost in 2016 Election

Outsiders Trump, Sanders Take New Hampshire “Justice, justice shall you pursue.” –Deuteronomy 16:20. One of my favorite classes in college was “Criminal Justice,” taught by Stanford Law School Professor John Kaplan (no relation). Kaplan asserted that there were only ever four reasons to imprison lawbreakers:  1) punishment, i.e., to hold them morally accountable; 2) isolation,...
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Goldwater vs. McGovern

Back to the Political Future? (Specifically, 1964 and 1972) “Wait a second!” (you say). (Arizona Senator) Barry Goldwater didn’t run against South Dakota’s George McGovern. Republican Goldwater ran against Democrat Lyndon Johnson, and was on the losing side of the famous 1964 landslide. Two elections later, on the opposite end of the political spectrum, McGovern...
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“Guess Who Said It?” Multiple Choice

“Houston, Washington, We Have a Problem . . .” “If you are 20 or 30 you probably see capitalism in terms of two dramatic themes. The first was the crash of ’08, in which heedless, irresponsible operators in business and government kited the system and scrammed. The second is income inequality. Why are some people...
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Stocks (and Energy Prices) Look For a Bottom; Is it “Time to Be Greedy” Yet?

Obama Exits, Stage Right Left As the 2016 stock market rout deepens (the Dow is down over 400 pts. so far this am), shell-shocked investors are all wondering:  when will the pain stop? Unfortunately, it’s not clear to me that it will be anytime soon. That’s because markets hate uncertainty, and the biggest uncertainty hovering...
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Peggy Noonan Sheds Crocodile Tears for the Democrats

“The Democratic Party was once a big brass band marching through the streets”loud, dissonant, there. “I’m not a member of any organized party,” Will Rogers famously said. “I’m a Democrat.” For generations Democrats repeated that line as a brag. They knew disorganized meant vital, creative, spontaneous, passionate”alive.” –Peggy Noonan, “Primary Preview:  The Brawl vs. The...
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