Posts Tagged ‘Woodrow Wilson’

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing David Stockman.  He is a former Congressman from Michigan, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, and former partner at The Blackstone Group.  Stockman is the author of The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed (1986) and 2013’s The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.  On the show today we discussed how some of his work traces “historical dominoes.”  It was fascinating to learn how certain events in history led to others and so on, until we wind up with thus and so…  For example: how did the creation of the Fed in 1913 lead to the 2008 crisis?  What was the chain of events?  Find out in today’s episode.

David Stockman’s Contra Corner


So today is Presidents’ Day and I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a quick shout out to some of our most awesomest rulers to date. Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” I tend to agree. The only question is are these men bad dudes who rise to power? Or does the power pervert normal politicians? Does it matter? I guess that was three questions. We have had several good Presidents throughout our history but that’s a boring topic. Today I want to celebrate Presidents’ Day by telling you about the bad ones. Some of these will surprise you. (more…)