Tag Archive: Donald Kaul

Oct 05

Free the college football market

College football pretends it’s about boola-boola, but it’s really all about ka-ching ka-ching. By Donald Kaul The burlesque show that is college football has gone about as far as it can go. Each fall it arrives clothed in garments of academic integrity (the players are scholar-athletes, don’t you know) only to peel them off one …

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Sep 20

Heroes of the Republic

By Donald Kaul Stephen Colbert, every liberal’s favorite mock conservative, has taken to calling his viewers “heroes” as he exhorts them to contribute to his Super PAC. What’s a Super PAC you ask? Good question. It’s a money-laundering device that allows individuals, corporations, and unions to give unlimited amounts of money to a political group, …

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Sep 05

Apple’s Steve Jobs: Not Quite Henry Ford

By Donald Kaul Steve Jobs has the rare privilege of attending his own funeral. Who among us hasn’t wanted to do that — to see who’s there, who’s not; who’s crying and who seems perfectly calm, even bored? He’s not dead, of course, but ever since he stepped down as chief executive of Apple last …

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Aug 23

You can’t milk a butter cow

By Donald Kaul Tim Pawlenty, erstwhile governor of Minnesota, gave up his bid for the presidency after finishing third in Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll, shocking the vast majority of Americans who didn’t know he was running. I don’t know whether it was a wise move or not, but it doesn’t speak well of his perseverance. …

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Jul 19

Sleazy corporate holiday

By Donald Kaul My father, long dead, spent his working years in tool and die shops in Detroit, an experience from which he crafted a political, economic, and social philosophy of life. “They’re all in it together,” he would say. That was the very core of the philosophy. Were high wages bad because they made …

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Jun 21

Sideshow candidate

By Donald Kaul I recently wrote a column suggesting that my “lamestream media” colleagues give Michele Bachmann more love. As the most Republican of the Republican candidates, she deserved more attention, I said. They took me seriously. In the recent New Hampshire GOP debate, she emerged as the star. Television networks, newspapers, and blogs all …

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Jun 15

Stay healthy

By Donald Kaul Republicans have hatched a health care plan that will bring down costs dramatically. It’s called “Die Young.” It mainly targets the poor. Democrats have a plan, too. It’s called “Appoint a Commission of Experts; They’ll Know What to Do.” Though less effective than the GOP model at lowering costs, it has the …

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May 24

Some good news, at last

By Donald Kaul There’s been a lot of bad news lately — wars, revolutions, earthquakes, floods, famines. It’s getting so you need a drink before you’re ready to face the evening news. Which is why when something cheerful happens, I take time to savor it. Like, for example, Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest. The highest-ranking International Monetary …

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