Striking the Double Eagle

The first U.S. $20 gold piece was authorized by Congress 159 years ago this week. Exactly one year later, on March 12, 1850, the first of the famous “double eagles” was struck by the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. It contained .9676 ounce of gold, which was then valued at $20.67 an ounce.

March 15 is the infamous “Ides of March.” As you’ll remember from reading “Julius Caesar” in high school, Caesar ignored the soothsayer’s warnings to stay in bed that day. He was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate by a gang of 60 conspirators, led by Marcus Brutus (“Et tu, Brute?”) and Caius Cassius.

Swine Flu A Dud—Unless You’re Big Pharma

Aside from an occasional public service announcement there is almost no mention of swine flu—or H1N1—in the media today. No more Kathleen Sebelius telling you to cough into your bent arm, no more government hucksters urging you get vaccinated. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the first outbreaks let’s look at what we’ve learned…

Help Defend This Taxpayer’s Hero

Last week, Senator Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) objected to a unanimous consent request that unemployment benefits be extended another six more months at a cost of $10 billion. Read this article to learn why Geopolitical Editor Chip Wood thinks the heat Bunning took for his stand was unjustified and that Bunning is actually a taxpayer’s hero…