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JOHN STEELE GORDON

JOHN STEELE GORDON

John Steele Gordon is an economic historian and the author of, among other works, An Empire of Wealth:The Epic History of American Economic Power.

Language

An insidious form of political correctness is creeping into the English language on little cat feet. It probably started with the word Koran, which has been in the...
national debt

Is there a solution to the ever-spiraling national debt? Sure, but it won’t be easy, as the beneficiaries of the status quo—members of Congress—will have...
debt

Last Friday, September 8th, 2017, the national debt of the United States went over $20 trillion. This compares with an estimated GDP of $19.3 trillion. For...
debt

Along with getting Congress to increase the debt ceiling so that the government can pay its bills, at least until December, President Trump also suggested...
Harvey

The latest estimate is that about 27 trillion gallons of water fell from the skies. That's 27 followed by 12 zeroes. That's the contents of...
Peter Stuyvesant

The statue insanity goes on. The latest is a call to scrub from New York City the name of one of the most famous people of early Colonial...
Silly Season

August is traditionally the silly season in American politics and journalism, and this August is living up to the sobriquet. Apparently, not even celestial mechanics is...
infrastructure

Completely lost in yesterday's journalistic typhoon of virtue signaling after President Trump's highly impolitic, but, as Powerline pointed out, basically accurate statement about the tragedy in...
English

When I was working in political public relations under the late, great Jim Vlasto, one of the first things he taught me was that, while...
solar system

When I first became fascinated by astronomy, in the early 1950's, Pluto had only been discovered two decades earlier. But except for its orbital period...
minimum wage

The City of Seattle, as blue as they come, raised its minimum wage in 2014 from $9.47 to $11.00. This year, it went up to...