Steve Hochstadt: Researchers on the economics of happiness have recently concluded that more money leads to more happiness only up to an income of about $75,000 per year. After that, increases in income seem to make little difference in daily happiness.
Steve Hochstadt: Trump appears to care a lot about asserting that he is very rich, very charitable, and very clever financially. He says those things at every opportunity. But he doesn’t care about proving it. Does Trump Care
Steve Hochstadt: Retirement means getting up in the morning without a day full of activities that must be done today. I’ll have much more spontaneous control over what I do.
Steve Hochstadt: Politicians who promise voters that they will commit war crimes reveal how unsuitable they are as world leaders. Their words have already tarnished respect for America among nations.
Steve Hochstadt: Republican lawmakers’ interest in buying expensive armaments, however, has not been combined with a willingness to support veterans when they return from combat.
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have made taxes into enemy #1 of Americans. But the policies they propose mainly help the wealthy. They always attack the income tax, the most progressive tax.
Steve Hochstadt: In the years after Gibb’s first Boston marathon, the idea that women could do it, too, whatever it was, bubbled through American society. It took a movement to crash through the walls authorities had built around women.
Steve Hochstadt: People who rally behind the slogan “white power” love Trump, show up at his rallies, call out his name when they take out their rage on innocent non-whites, work in his campaign, and openly urge every upstanding white supremacist to support Trump.
Steve Hochstadt: Trump is such an egotist that he never realized the limits of his appeal, how many people don’t like the character he has been playing for decades.
Steve Hochstadt: Long after the juvenile Republican presidential campaigns and campaigners of 2016 are forgotten, President Barack Obama’s movement toward normalization of relations with Cuba will still be talked about.
Steve Hochstadt: Average voters have more power in primaries than in smoke-filled rooms, but primaries are not perfect exercises in democracy.
Steve Hochstadt: Liberals worry that Trump is a fascist, with comparisons to Mussolini and Hitler. Establishment Republicans denounce him as an insincere conservative. Trumpism
Steve Hochstadt: Trump’s he-man pose, combined with his attacks on women aimed at their sexuality, might well energize some men, especially white men, who feel they have lost their dominance in the modern world.