American Consequences - October 2017

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difference between wrong and fun. Although I find, at my age, the question becomes less pressing if I go to bed at 9:30. I will read American Consequences with a hope that your self-confessed penchant for “ridicule” is rigorous, and as such will be able to also “reveal” and “re-energize.” Knowledge without consequential action is vanity. I have my own penchant – the Federal Reserve, which I believe is the root of all our problems... No problem can last for long if it is not “funded” by somebody. – Bob Love in Wichita, Kansas Steven Longenecker comment: We agree Bob. Take a look at our inaugural issue on the Federal Reserve ... read our conversation in this issue with Danielle DiMartino Booth, former Federal Reserve analyst and author of Fed Up: An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America ... and stay tuned for more. It’s an issue we follow closely. Re: Transitioning America to a ‘Cashless Society’ I get it. Cashless is wonderful. Except following a hurricane when there is no Internet service. In order to make cashless work, first the Internet has to be fixed. Shipping Comcast to Timbuktu would be a good start. – Linda Jessen Steve Sjuggerud comment: Don’t get me wrong. I’m NOT saying cashless is wonderful

entertainment. And I finally figured out who the Mad Crapper was. I’ve been reading him ever since (I’ve given away I don’t know how many copies of “Give War a Chance”) and I can’t thank him enough for how much he’s made me laugh, think and fulminate. I look forward to this newest endeavor with much anticipation. Cheers, Pete Salerno P.J. O’Rourke comment: Pete, you have no idea how glad it makes the grouchy, old- conservative me that the young, hippie-dippy me who edited the National Lampoon aided in our nation’s war efforts! You know the dedication in Give War a Chance , and I won’t repeat it here. But that dedication was for you. And, for those who’ve read the National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook Parody , Pete’s right, the Mad Crapper was none other than... Ha! Like Pete and I would tell! I’m excited to read this new e-zine. P.J. is a genius, so if he’s the Editor, I am all in! I roughly live my life according to P.J.’s quote: “I’m not worried about the difference between right and wrong. I’m worried about the difference between wrong and fun.” Thank you for all the decades of your excellent writing! Best Fishes, Bill Shepherd in Carmel, Indiana P.J. O’Rourke comment: Bill, my wife, children, and dogs think “genius” is going too far. But I’m with you! And I’m still worrying about the

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