Mark G. Brennan

Mark G. Brennan is the books editor of Chronicles and writes from New York.

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  • The College Bubble
    September 2013

    The College Bubble

    The university graduation season this past spring dumped another seven million job seekers onto the sputtering economy. A June headline in the New York Times painted a dismal picture of their likelihood of finding employment: “Degrees but No Guarantees: Faltering Economy . . . Dims Prospects for Graduates.”

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  • Keeping Taxes Highest

    A Stalinist show trial was held on May 21 by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Their aim was to investigate “how individual and corporate taxpayers are shifting billions of dollars offshore to avoid U.S. taxes.”

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  • Take the Money and Run: Entitlement Politics
    June 2013

    Take the Money and Run: Entitlement Politics

    As New York City’s mayoral campaign kicked into overdrive earlier this spring, the New York Times saw fit to question the viability of Republican candidate Joe Lhota, former chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. With all the populist fervor it could muster, the Times asked readers, “Can New Yorkers learn to love someone who increased subway fares?”

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  • Anarcho-Tyranny Versus...Walmart?

    Everyone hates Walmart nowadays. Environmental groups protest the company’s “greenwashing,” numerous violations of the Clean Water Act, and contribution to suburban sprawl.

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  • Burning Fries in Hell

    And how exactly is McDonald’s causing this national health crisis that, left unchecked, will prematurely kill off our youth? Advertising, of course.

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  • Airport Frisking

    How many terrorists share a surname with a 19th-century American plutocrat famed for starting one of the country’s first investment banks and founding a technical university in the City of Brotherly Love? How many terrorists hail from the Bluegrass State? And finally, how many terrorists have yet to reach their seventh birthday?

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  • March 2011

    Too Big To Bail

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner boasted on December 16 that 2008’s $700 billion bailout of an assortment of private enterprises would ultimately cost taxpayers less than congressional analysts had predicted.

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  • February 2011

    It Takes a Crisis

    While Europe’s monetary crisis spreads, Americans watch in astonishment as the German government bails out its feckless co-unionists.

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  • December 2010

    Hitting the Wall

    On October 8, Americans awoke to government reports that the domestic economy had shed another 95,000 jobs in September. Despite the billions of dollars mailed to select citizens in the form of stimulus checks and the politicized bailouts of protected industries, U.S. policymakers have failed to resuscitate the moribund economy or coax unemployment down from its ten-percent perch.

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  • The Borrower's Crisis
    November 2010

    The Borrower's Crisis

    Like the mindless day traders of the 1990’s who piled into the same hot internet stocks, today’s commentators on the causes of 2008’s residential-real-estate implosion have exhibited a similar obtuseness regarding the workings of financial markets.

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  • November 2009

    Unhappy Anniversary

    The one-year anniversary of the 2008 global financial-market implosion passed with little fanfare. With the U.S. stock market soaring throughout the spring and summer, the Pollyannas of the American media preferred to focus their attention on the return of good times while ignoring all that ancient ugliness of last year.

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  • May 2006

    Family Matters

    Cesar Rodriguez, a 27-year-old unemployed security guard, had it in for 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown, the daughter of Nixzaliz Santiago, his common-law wife. After losing his job a few days before Christmas, Rodriguez increased the frequency of his daily beatings of the helpless, undernourished four-foot-tall girl.

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  • The Dissenting Eagle
    January 2006

    The Dissenting Eagle

    Few decisions require more prudence and judiciousness than when a country’s leaders determine whether to go to war. They must weigh the cost in lives, national treasure, and security against the price of inaction.

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