Some Questions on Tax Reform

Washington has tax cut fever.  Politicians and lobbyists are discussing billions of dollars like it’s pocket change.  Since the plan is changing daily, we thought we’d lay down a few questions we’re using at the Shire to decide whether we would support the final bill: Is it (much) simpler? The current tax code is ridiculously…

Pheasant Hunting in North Dakota

A few weeks ago, I joined some friends of the Shire and hunted pheasant on opening weekend in western North Dakota.  Not only was it a glorious time, but it brought home some timely lessons on how private customs and informal arrangements can work even in complex situations. One of the interesting things about hunting…

On the Attack in New York

America is sad and angry again this morning as the details from another terror attack on our soil become clearer.  The details, while new, paint a depressingly familiar picture of evil.  On a bright and clear Halloween afternoon, Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented truck onto a bike path in New York City with the apparent intent…