Robert C. Smith is Managing Partner of
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Sep 21, 2021
Joe Biden's Tax Proposal Is Wasteful Narcissism On Steroids
My first job out of law school was for Joe Stettinius. If you recognize that name, his father was Secretary of State under FDR. Joe gave me authority over a line of credit and...
Sep 14, 2021
The Economy-Vandalizing Illogic of 'Buy Local' Signage
I remember it was a beautiful morning in Charleston, and I had walked over to the Farmer’s Market at Marion Square. A nice, hippyish gal was selling her locally raised fruit...
Sep 8, 2021
Lawyering Meant to Save You Money Is the Good Kind of Lawyering
I always think it is bad form to ask someone “what do you do” upon first meeting them. I usually make something up and tell them I am a toll booth operator or a Walmart...
Aug 31, 2021
College Football Lifts Me Up, While Abject Stupidity Brings Me Down
This is my favorite time of year. Fall. College football. Dove hunts. Pig roasts with blue grass bands in the country. My favorite experience of the year, better than...
Aug 23, 2021
Afghanistan Is a Symptom of a Government With Too Much Money
It was a night time firefight. In the jungle. Vietnam. The morning sunlight exposed the carnage from the night’s horror. The dead and blown up body parts lay scattered around...
Aug 17, 2021
Only Members of the Political Class Could Be Blind to What Went Wrong
“I don’t understand what went wrong.” This is the refrain I have heard the past two days from journalists and other establishment elites concerning the...
Aug 12, 2021
They're Removing Andrew Cuomo For the Wrong Reasons
I kind of feel sorry for Andrew Cuomo. Don’t get me wrong, I like nothing about him. If there was ever a Governor who deserves to be chucked out of office, it is Cuomo. Have...
Aug 5, 2021
Why the Eagerness to Swallow Fauci's Lines Hook, Line and Sinker?
I once dated a gal from Wisconsin, a saucy one of German extract. I could tell she thought I was some sort of anachronism from the 1850s. My great great grandfather’s...
Jul 30, 2021
Let's Please Bring Free Markets to Bear On Education
Few things are more out of whack in this country than our education system. I like to use the word “learned” as opposed to “educated” when weighing whether or...
Jul 24, 2021
Always Remember 'Rob's Rule' Trumps the 'Science' of Economics
I don’t agree that economics is really a “hard” science. Economics is a function of human behavior, period. Now, if you go to a fancy Ivy League university, major...
Jul 21, 2021
A Few of the Many Things That I Love About America
A friend of mine, a big muckety muck CEO of a national company with $14 billion in sales suggested that I write a positive article about “good things” going on in the US...
Jul 16, 2021
All Hail Epiphanies: Truths Revealed With Extreme Clarity
My buddy Leigh Spruill, an Episcopal minister, once told me that the word epiphany comes from the Greek, and in its original Greek roots, it means more than just “to...
Jul 13, 2021
'Wokeness' Brings To Mind Winston Churchill's Quip About Russia
I figure I know pretty much everything there is to know. The last time I was wrong about anything was June 1997. I predicted Mike Tyson would bite off Evander Holyfield’s ear...
Jul 9, 2021
How to Get Rich While Staying Out of Jail
Few things befuddle me more that those silly, self-help, saccharine posts on Facebook. The author, Miss Suzie Sunshine “inspires” the world on how to be happy and a...
Jul 6, 2021
The Deconstructionist Party and the End of Tweedledoppery
I am here to save America! In recognition of July 4th, and the reasons behind the struggle for Independence, I have decided to create a new political party, the...
Jul 1, 2021
Cancel Culture Is Ideology Fueled by the Oldest Sins of Mankind
A great struggle is upon us. The ideals of the West are under attack. The unwashed barbarian hordes are at the gate. This army, led by the Prince of Darkness has no other agenda than...
Jun 28, 2021
Fat Wally's Fight With the University of Virginia Over C-19 Vaccines
My brother Walter, aka Fat Wally is in a tussle with the University of Virginia and its radical Left President, Jim “Lyin” Ryan. Fat Wally really isn’t fat,...
Jun 25, 2021
My Encounter With Aliens From the Planet Dork
I left the big city last night to check on the farm. As the sun was about to set over the glistening Rappahannock, I was startled to hear a “whizzing sound.” A giant...
Jun 22, 2021
Art History Major Math Errors, Liberal Miscalculations, and Other Irritations
You know what burns my biscuits? Math. Don’t get me wrong, math is a wonderful tool to understand quantitative applications. For example, “Rob Smith can throw a football...
Jun 18, 2021
What I Would Do If I Were Your Benevolent Dictator
I was lounging in my Malibu beach house and the University of Alabama cheerleaders were dropping grapes in my mouth……, oh wait, that’s a different dream. My...
Jun 14, 2021
Before You Make Econ. Policy, Apply the 'Dancing Chicken' Rule to Yourself
On my son’s first day of school, the teacher asked the class what their fathers did for a living. My son answered, “My Dad is a dancing chicken.” I was an awesome...
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