Recent Viewpoints

March 17, 2023
decreasing value of a dollar

Kerby Anderson A month ago, I talked about the dollar’s loss of value. In the printed copy of my commentary, we provided a chart that showed the decline in the value of our money. This illustrated the US dollar is like a melting ice cube. One illustration I have used is the cost of gold. When the Federal Reserve began in 1913, gold sold for $20 an ounce. By 2020, gold was selling for $2,000 an ounce (gold currently sells…

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March 16, 2023
Transgender protesters outside Downing Street, London

Kerby Anderson Transgender activists and their allies have been promoting gender ideology for years. Madeleine Kearns recently posted an op-ed “Busting Five Myths of Gender Ideology.” Myth 1: We all have a gender identity. This theory created by leftist activists denies the reality of binary sex. Instead, we supposedly have a gender identity distinct from sex and capable of overriding it. Myth 2: Puberty blockers are safe and fully reversible. The website for Britain’s National Health Service changed its statements…

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March 15, 2023
Central bank digital currencies-CBDC

Kerby Anderson Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are coming. China already has a large-scale trial of their digital currency. European officials want to launch a digital euro in less than two years. And President Biden signed an executive order encouraging the Federal Reserve to study its feasibility. Two years ago, I wrote about the prospect of digital currencies because Chuck Bentley wrote about it in his book, Seven Gray Swans. He expressed the concern that moving to a cashless society…

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March 14, 2023
Roald Dahl's books

Kerby Anderson Let me start with my conclusion. Don’t rewrite books. Lest you think this is a non-issue, just consider what has already happened to children’s classics written by Roald Dahl. The publisher has been encouraging the rewriting of books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Lest you think that this is a one-off, I have read that the James Bond books of Ian Fleming are being altered and even include a disclaimer. I mentioned that the…

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March 13, 2023
Tax Form 1040

Kerby Anderson It has been said that “taxation is the art of plucking the goose without making it squeal.” To pay for massive new government spending, politicians are devising new ways to get more golden eggs from the goose. That is why President Biden is lobbying for tax increases, so everyone pays their “fair share.” Rarely do politicians explain what the phrase “fair share” means, but you can be sure they mean that the tax rate needs to go up….

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March 10, 2023
Chloe Cole - detransition

Penna Dexter There are about 100 pediatric gender clinics in the U.S. doing irreversible surgeries on youngsters that more than a few come to regret. One such person is Chloe Cole, age 18. I heard her story in a breakout session at a conference put on by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Chloe told us she began experiencing emotional struggles she believes were partially due to early puberty. Online, she found “expert advice” leading her to question her “gender assigned…

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March 10, 2023
spy balloon

Kerby Anderson Over the last month, we have been talking about China. When talking about China, we usually talk about its strengths and technological developments. But there is another side to intelligence gathering illustrated by a speech given by Herbert Meyer, who served as a special assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence. He explained, “From the end of World War II until 1982, every president’s objective had been not to lose the Cold War.” When President Ronald Reagan came…

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March 9, 2023
Stack of NYT New York Times Newspapers

Kerby Anderson How trustworthy is the reporting in the New York Times? Fifty years ago, that question didn’t need to be asked. Everyone assumed that it was truthful and accurate. Patrick Maines (formerly with the Media Institute) reminds us that in 1972, the National Review published an analysis with the title, “Is it true what they say about the New York Times?” The editors concluded that the paper was balanced in his news pages, in contrast to it editorial pages….

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March 8, 2023
Stack of Credit Cards

Kerby Anderson Credit card debt is soaring to new records. The reason for this dramatic increase is simple: inflation. Americans with a fixed income have few choices when prices rise. They can cut back or go into debt. An increasing percentage of Americans are doing the latter. In the last three months of 2022, credit card balances increased by $61 billion to nearly $1 trillion ($986 billion). By the way, this smashed the previous record ($927 billion) that was recorded…

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March 7, 2023
John Adams quote - our constitution was made

Kerby Anderson Freedom in this country depends upon three important foundations: morality, limits, and human rights. First, freedom depends on morality. John Adams observed, “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” When the citizens have an internal moral compass, the size and scope of government can be small. There is no need for external laws and regulations from government. If people do what is right and…

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March 6, 2023
Ohio-train-derailment - fire and smoke - aerial.jpeg

Kerby Anderson The political battle over the Norfolk Southern train accident has now moved to debates about rules and regulations. And once again, it appears that progressive bureaucrats hold to the cliché: “never let a crisis go to waste.” First, let’s look at what we know. According to the preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the derailment in Ohio occurred because of an overheating wheel set. It was detected by a wayside safety device only after it had…

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