“Shutting Down the Government?” Or, “Starving the Beast??”

Government Shutdown Blame Game  “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” —Grover Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, and promoter of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.” [Editor’s Note: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross...
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It Depends on What the Definition of “If” is: a Clintonesque Parsing of Hillary’s, “I am willing to break up the big banks, if they need to be broken up”

Dubious Campaign Promises — Exhibit A; How Many Loopholes Can YOU Spot? “If they’re too big to fail, make ’em smaller.” –George Shultz, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State (and a former Treasury Secretary). At least in some parts of the country, Hillary Clinton’s thread-the-needle comment about big banks last week would be met with a...
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Dear Hillary, Donald, Bernie, et al: Will You Take “The Wall Street Pledge?”

[Editor’s Note: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced.] Protecting Taxpayers From Bank Robbers Wall Street “The best way to rob a bank is to own it.” –book title; William K. Black “The biggest bank there is . ....
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