Bob Calco

About Bob Calco

Bob Calco is a verified Deplorable who lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, two sons, and four cats. A successful software architect by trade, and an inveterate polyglot and world traveler at heart, he studied political philosophy until it was clear that to pay bills he needed a marketable skill. His passion on issues related to trade and economics go back to his formative college days, when he learned to distrust, and independently verify, literally everything he was taught.

Time to End Mueller’s Investigation About Nothing

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling investigation into “Trump-Russia collusion” has devolved into a ludicrous media spectacle, a meandering situation comedy “about nothing” that is in quest of something, anything to be about. If, after all of these months of investigation, he has no evidence of Trump colluding with Russia, then the conclusion is

By | 2018-03-22T11:50:29+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

Tariffs, Trade, and Patriotism

President Trump’s recent decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum in response to what he (and most Americans) view as the routinely unfair trade practices of China and other foreign powers has upset more than a few Beltway apple carts. It has also triggered a lot of heated criticism from the Right—much

By | 2018-03-11T12:07:55+00:00 March 10th, 2018|

Cheatin’ Hillary’s Crooked Enablers

You don’t need to master some secret art of literary exegesis to see that the terse four-page Nunes memo—released Friday, despite unprecedented establishment apoplexy over its declassification—was assuredly not the “end of American democracy,” as some hysterics predicted. Nor was it the end of the story. But what a barn-burner of a story

By | 2018-02-05T13:37:52+00:00 February 5th, 2018|

Mueller’s Collusion Illusion

By now, it’s impossible to believe there was no collusion involving foreign powers in the 2016 presidential election. It's just that the campaign in question isn’t Trump’s. If you've missed the evidence pointing to Clinton collusion, you've not been following the events precipitating—and now engulfing—the Mueller investigation very carefully.With the initial set of indictments

By | 2017-11-14T14:21:07+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

It’s the Capital Supply, Stupid!

Republicans insist that creating jobs is all about “tax cuts,” while Democrats insist it is all about other people paying their “fair share” of income taxes. Both parties buy into the fairy tale that the purpose of national economic activity is to “compete” in some fabled “global economy.” Both parties tell us we

By | 2017-09-23T08:53:41+00:00 September 20th, 2017|

Adam Smith, Closet Bannonite?

Adam Smith is universally recognized as the father of free market economics and modern globalist free traders like to point to him as the “first free trader” as well. But does their claim hold up in light of Smith’s curiously redacted teaching on the role of economic nationalism in creating conditions for the

By | 2017-08-23T15:46:25+00:00 August 20th, 2017|