Author Archives: Jerry Naughton

Which Lie am I Supposed to Believe?

If you’re old enough, maybe you’ll remember this… I think of it every time time a politician threatens to lay off police and firemen if they have to cut the budget, or we’re told how many poor children will be … Continue reading

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August 2, 2011 — Doomsday or just Tuesday?

Well, we’re only a couple of weeks out until budgetary Armageddon.  Total financial collapse.  A world economic catastrophe unlike any ever seen. Or not.  It depends on who you ask. We’re getting ominous warnings from the Congressional Democrats, the Federal … Continue reading

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High-speed fail

At a Springfield press conference last Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said that there would be high speed rail service between Chicago and St. Louis within five years, proving the old adage that it’s better to keep one’s … Continue reading

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Great idea! Then I’d like a bottle of thalidomide and a frontal lobotomy.

This was prompted by a May 25 article in the “Be Healthy” section of the local State Journal-Register.  This is a regular section of the paper that health-conscious readers can use to their advantage by carefully studying the information, then … Continue reading

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Go smooth yourself, part II

Today’s SJ-R reported again on Governor Quinn and the Democrat-controlled legislature’s continuing efforts to borrow anywhere from six- to eight billion dollars for past due bills so they can get back to running up more bills they can’t pay. There’s … Continue reading

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Or, for a little more, you get 3 bedrooms near the golf course…

Here’s another case where a bit of math and common sense makes it easy to understand government. The Springfield city council recently approved a project to build a 44 unit housing complex for $7 million.  If you’re not familiar with … Continue reading

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Experts 0, Nature 3

My brother once opined that we’d be much more advanced as a species if cognitive dissonance had immediate physical symptoms.  Think of how much stupidity we’d avoid if, for instance, when some economic simpleton said something like “our country just … Continue reading

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Go smooth yourself

Several months ago, the SJ-R published a letter to the editor I submitted regarding the deepening crisis with state funded pensions in Illinois. A week later the paper published a reply from Dave Urbanek, spokesman for the Teachers Retirement System … Continue reading

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Inaugural post, and some econ nerd guilty pleasure

Welcome. This is my first official post.  You may notice that there are actually several posts dating back a few years, but those are uploads of older writings to get things started.  Most are letters to the editor of my … Continue reading

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Just spitballing here, Senator, but how about you just do your job?

[Submitted/published State Journal-Register] Firstly, I think most people acknowledge that we’re all imperfect sinners, and could all use a little help or friendly counsel from time to time.  Even from other imperfect sinners.  On the other hand, the average citizen … Continue reading

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