Other Commentaries

Rhetoric boils over in health-care debate

Even by Washington standards, this is a particularly dumb political moment. Earlier this month a political zealot went to a baseball practice intending to kill as many Republican congressmen as he could. As often happens after such horrible events, various politicians and media figures ...

Two wins for Trump

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed is a much-needed victory for the administration. The high court ruled that those “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be denied entry into the ...

Two wins for Trump

The Supreme Court’s decision to allow portions of President Trump’s travel ban to proceed is a much-needed victory for the administration. The high court ruled that those “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” could be denied entry into the ...

‘Scandal-Free’ Obama, Scandal-Plagued Trump

When President Donald Trump makes an accusation of “fake news,” we could add a number of definitions of the term. Liberal journalists hear “You write stories you know are fake.” But there are news stories that journalists earnestly put forward as real news that are based on a lot of ...

A Democratic blind spot on culture

How much do Democrats really want to defeat Donald Trump? It’s worth asking in the wake of the latest Democratic failure to notch an electoral victory for the resistance, this time in the Georgia special election. There’s no doubt that Democrats want to watch TV programs that excoriate ...

The steps to fixing our healthcare

As the folks in Washington DC wrestle with the notion of how to fulfill campaign promises to repeal and replace Obamacare, they never seem to examine how to really fix healthcare once and for all. All politicians ever do is fiddle with the current system and accuse each other of having ...

‘Gun violence epidemic’ is ‘Fake News’

Only a couple of hours after Congressman Steve Scalise and three other people, including a Capitol police officer, had been shot by a would-be mass killer, perennially anti-gun Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told a press briefing in Alexandria that “ we lose 93 million Americans” every day ...

Unhealthy acts

Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? Insurers are pulling out of the exchanges, premiums and related costs are going up, not down, as supporters of the misnamed law claimed ...

Why do they even play the game?

WASHINGTON — In mathematics, when you’re convinced of some eternal truth but can’t quite prove it, you offer it as a hypothesis (with a portentous capital H) and invite the world, future generations if need be, to prove you right or wrong. Often, a cash prize is attached. In that ...

Character beyond measure

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater ...

Plunging toward our fast-unfolding future

WASHINGTON — In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P ...

The ‘Real Boy’ of Fake PBS

Liberals made a big deal out of the report that Fox News has dropped its old slogan “Fair and Balanced.” The liberal media always made a mockery out of it, rejecting it as “false balance.” It’s “false balance” because the conservative view is false. From their arrogant viewpoint, ...

Puberty suppression and FGM

Michigan is set to become the 26th American state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation, even as two Detroit area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa ...

It’s not about Trump, but his voters

In Election 2016, Democrats seemed to assume that the unpopularity of Donald Trump would be enough to keep him out of the White House. It’s true that most Americans viewed him unfavorably, but the same was also true of Hillary Clinton. Given such an unappealing choice, millions of voters ...

The great Muslim civil war — and us

WASHINGTON — The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on? It might appear a mindless mess, but the outlines are clear. The great Muslim civil war, ...

Robin Williams got it right

Two hundred and forty –one years ago, on July 2, 1776, twenty-four lawyers, four physicians, eight farmers, nineteen businessmen, and one minister voted to declare independence from Great Britain. A Committee of Five including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and others, had ...

Minimum wage laws destroying jobs — as predicted

In the ‘60s my parents opened a small diner near downtown Los Angeles. As a child, I watched my parents sitting at the kitchen table, discussing their plans for what they considered a huge expansion of the business — hiring a dishwasher. But my parents kept putting off the decision, ...

That sinking feeling in Puerto Rico

“Puerto Rico, my heart’s devotion. Let it sink back in the ocean.” — West Side Story The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is drowning. The island, so popular with tourists, is $123 billion in debt. That’s more debt than the $18 billion bankruptcy filed by the city of Detroit in 2013. In ...

Is Trump subject of criminal probe?

I was surprised last weekend when one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers told my colleague Chris Wallace twice on “Fox News Sunday” that the president is being investigated by the FBI and then told him twice that he is not. This same lawyer repeated the “not being investigated” ...

Ag will thrive under Trump immigration plan

In the June 10th edition of the Wall Street Journal, an opinion piece entitled “Fiestas and Apple Orchards: Small-Town Life Before Trump” offers a romanticized view of illegal immigration in Pennsylvania. The author, Dickinson College professor Crispin Sartwell, paints an idyllic image ...