Ralph Benko


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Most Recent Articles by Ralph Benko:

Politics: An Endless Series of Hobgoblins, Most of them Imaginary

Jun 17, 2014 — Ralph Benko

H.L. Mencken, in 1918, observed that “the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”


Enacting Jack Kemp’s Gold Standard Will Bring Stupendous Growth To America And The World

Jun 9, 2014 — Ralph Benko

Later this week, much of the living inner circle of Rep. Jack Kemp’s brain trust will be convening, on Capitol Hill, to observe the 30th anniversary of Kemp’s introduction of the Gold Standard Act of 1984. The Jack Kemp Foundation President Jimmy Kemp considers the gold standard the most important unfinished element of his father’s policy agenda. Enactment, in the opinion of this columnist and others, would unleash a tsunami of equitable prosperity on America and the world.


Steve Forbes’s Money: The Gold Standard Is The World’s Prosperity Engine

Jun 8, 2014 — Ralph Benko

Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, and Elizabeth Ames have written their best book yet. It is entitled Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy—and What We Can Do About It. Money is, by far, the most important book on economic policy published this year. (Full disclosure, Forbes and Ames reference and acknowledge this writer’s work, including his collaboration with Forbes.com contributor Charles Kadlec, in this work.)


Washington, Amok Again, Spending $1+ Billion On ... Presidential Helicopters

Jun 2, 2014 — Ralph Benko

In reporting on the Navy’s reported new acquisition of helicopters for the president to be delivered in 2020, The Washington Post opens:


Is James Rickards Right About A Coming Monetary Apocalypse?

May 5, 2014 — Ralph Benko

Is a monetary apocalypse imminent?

James Rickards, bestselling author of Currency Wars, has a new New York Times bestseller out, about the possible imminent collapse of the dollar: The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System (Portfolio/Penguin). More interestingly, he writes about what could come next: a golden age.


A Modest Proposal: Should Puerto Rico Consider Joining The Russian Federation?

Apr 8, 2014 — Ralph Benko

Should Puerto Rico explore following Crimea into the Russian Republic?


How A ‘Miracle’ Victory Over Cory Booker Could Change Political History

Mar 17, 2014 — Ralph Benko

The Democratic-leaning Washington Post recently assessed the chances of the Republicans taking a Senate majority this year as, quite possibly, almost as high as two to one. True enough, and significant. Yet… in inventorying the most obvious races the big politicos are, for now, overlooking the most interesting, and potentially most transformational, race of 2014: that for the seat now occupied by Senator Cory Booker.


What Facebook’s 56 New Genders Mean For Politics

Mar 3, 2014 — Ralph Benko

Facebook very recently introduced a drop-down menu with 58 gender identity choices to embellish the classic Male and Female. It includes arcane categories such as “neutrois” and “two-spirit” and takes one over the 6-colored rainbow Gay Pride flag. Facebook now takes us somewhere very far over the rainbow.


A Radically Transformational Presidential Election Fighting Over Peace and Prosperity?

Feb 16, 2014 — Ralph Benko

Rand Paul vs. Hillary Clinton?

In a context of emerging peace, prosperity, and human rights?


Memo To Janet Yellen’s Vice Chair Nominee Stanley Fischer: That Was Then. This Is Now

Feb 10, 2014 — Ralph Benko

Dr. Janet Yellen now has taken over the chair of the Fed. And President Obama, to great acclaim, recently nominated Prof. Stanley Fischer as Vice Chairman. Prof. Fischer may be the most distinguished and beloved central banker at work within the world financial system today.


How The GOP Can Win The Upcoming Battle Over Income Inequality

Jan 27, 2014 — Ralph Benko

Following President Obama’s lead, the Democrats are seeking to make income inequality the wedge issue of the 2014 Congressional and Senate elections.  This unquestionably addresses an issue that — after forty years of middle class family wage stagnation — resonates with voters.  Yet the Republicans, thanks to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tx), not the Democrats, are better positioned to take this on.


Tōˌtaliˈte(ə)rēəns Among Us?

Jan 20, 2014 — Ralph Benko

Possibly the most powerful, and dangerous, euphemism in politics today is “progressive.”