Stories written by Ralph Benko
I am the senior advisor, economics to the American Principles Project and editor of The Lehrman Institute's The Gold Standard Now. I wrote "The Websters' Dictionary: how to use the Web to transform the world." (Download a free and complete eBook version HERE.) It won the “Trophée du choix des Internauts” (“The People's Choice”) in the World e-Democracy Awards 2010, Paris, France. I am also co-author, with Charles Kadlec, of "The 21st Century Gold Standard: For Prosperity, Security, and Liberty." I manage The Gold Standard on Facebook. I was a junior Reagan White House official; founder of the Prosperity Caucus; and an original Supply Sider. Member of the Bar of the State of New York.

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, And The Congress Ride Into A Box Canyon….

The New York Times considerately gives us an early look at the Box Canyon into which the 114th Congress, the GOP leading, is riding.  In G.O.P. Is Divided as Budget Bills Start Piling Up we discover: WASHINGTON — In their first major test of governing this year, Republicans stumbled, faltered — and nearly shut down […]

March 25, 2015 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Bitcoin, Bit-by-Bit, Pitches Silicon Valley Against Washington As Our True Capital

Washington, DC, is the capital of the United States. Yet Silicon Valley is the true capital of the America of the present and the future.  Silicon Valley and its satellites gave us personal computers, web browsing, email, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, iPhones, iPads, and other technologies that have transformed and are transforming our […]

March 3, 2015 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

An Exclusive Interview With Rand Paul, Human Capitalist‏

Rand Paul recently sat with me to share some of his views. The insights on his worldview left me persuaded that he deserves to be considered the most important public intellectual serving in the United States Senate. Time Magazine calls him “the most interesting man in American politics.” The Senate’s public intellectual chair has been […]

February 9, 2015 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Monetary Politics: The Biggest Money Player In Politics Is The Fed

Washington finally shows signs of coming to grips with the importance of money to politics. This is not about mere campaign finance. Recently there was a breakthrough in bringing the money policy issue out of the shadows and to center stage … where it belongs. The real issue of money in politics is about the […]

January 26, 2015 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Who is Rand Paul?

For starters, Rand is short for Randal, not an allusion to Ayn Rand, after whom Sen. Paul was not named by his libertarian (not Objectivist) father Ron Paul. Reportedly, growing up he was called Randy … until his wife shortened the diminutive to Rand. Washington, ordinarily, is committed to maintaining the status quo or making, at best, […]

November 21, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Washington, Amok Again, Spending $1+ Billion On … Presidential Helicopters

In reporting on the Navy’s reported new acquisition of helicopters for the president to be delivered in 2020, The Washington Post opens: The last time the Pentagon tried to upgrade the president’s coolest ride — the fleet of helicopters that drop him at his doorstep on the South Lawn of the White House — it didn’t go […]

June 5, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

In The “War On Youth” The Youth Strike Back For Liberty

Politics is no country for old men. The left likes to lampoon the GOP as a party of grumpy old men.  Wrong. A new generation is rising.  The most striking display at the recent CPAC was a barrage balloon emblazoned with the words War On Youth.  It was lofted over one of the most popular booths there, Young […]

April 30, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

How The GOP Can Win The Upcoming Battle Over Income Inequality

Following President Obama’s lead, the Democrats are seeking to make income inequality the wedge issue of the 2014 Congressional and Senate elections.  This unquestionably addresses an issue that — after forty years of middle class family wage stagnation — resonates with voters.  Yet the Republicans, thanks to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx) and Rep. Kevin Brady […]

February 6, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

Tōˌtaliˈte(ə)rēəns Among Us?

Possibly the most powerful, and dangerous, euphemism in politics today is “progressive.” This writer has many cherished progressive friends.  He considers them beautiful… but, often, misguided. Yet perhaps they are more “guided” than he has supposed. Perhaps progressives, many of them, are precision guided.  A pattern is emerging.  That pattern is to assert government control […]

January 20, 2014 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

How the United States Will Amend the Constitution To Rein In A Power Drunk Washington

On December 7th, nearly 100 state legislators, many distinguished, representing 32 states, assembled at Mount Vernon. They gathered at the homestead of George Washington, 15 miles from the capital city named for him.  The purpose?   To discuss how, safely, to revive an overlooked, but invaluable, provision in the United States Constitution to allow a supermajority […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in House Guests,National | Read More »

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