Look on the bright side

Efforts to delegitimize outcome of our presidential election pose more danger than alleged Russian hacking. Read More...

DC field trip: Returning to rational energy policies

No scientific basis has been demonstrated for a war on climate change, and the cost could be considerable. Read More...

GovCare won't really be repealed, and that's fine

Fixing GovCare looks doable, but our political leaders need to act quickly versus vainly seeking perfection. Read More...

Robust debate is the best antidote for bad thinking

Conservatives may be outnumbered in academia, the mainstream media & Silicon Valley, but all is not lost. Read More...

One trillion dollars for infrastructure

An $800B economic stimulus package was all the rage in 2009; now the wonder cure is more infrastructure. Read More...

Electoral College serves valid purposes

The US system for electing presidents may seem deficient to some, but it works pretty well in practice. Read More...

What this election is about

A scholarly tome (Democracy for realists) helps to explain why so little time is spent discussing the issues. Read More...

Elitism vs. populism

Trump says he wouldn’t automatically accept election results; pushback suggests elitist insecurity. Read More...

Presidential candidates "grilled" on debt & entitlements

No one has seriously engaged the presidential candidates on the fiscal problem; it keeps getting worse. Read More...

Is America becoming a banana republic?

Trump wasn’t wrong to play the special prosecutor card, but doing so may not pay off for his campaign. Read More...

For climate change alarmists, science is way too slow

Man-made global warming theory deserves serious consideration, but not so claims of a 97% scientific consensus. Read More...

Searching for substance in the presidential debate

If it was intended as something more than political theater, the first presidential debate missed the mark. Read More...

President slams Republicans for legislative inaction

The president and his party have contributed importantly to the failure of Congress to address important issues in a timely manner. Read More...

Are some people more equal than others?

So much bad behavior, so little time, and political influences often shape investigative/judicial outcomes.
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Looking ahead to the presidential debates

The presidential candidates are gearing up for their first direct confrontation; may the best person win. Read More...

Kicking the fiscal can down the road

Our political leaders will never solve the fiscal problem if they don’t start acting differently. Read More...

Assessing record of the 114th Congress

Even with control of both houses of Congress, GOP failed to put the US on a more conservative path. Read More...

GovCare troubles reflect a more basic problem

It’s time to rethink the “price is no object” approach to government healthcare programs. Read More...

Dueling economic plans

No wonder there’s so much debate about economic policies; the two sides disagree on the goal. Read More...

Much ado about voter ID requirements

Opponents claim voter ID laws aren't needed because voting fraud is rare to nonexistent. Read More...

They're off: the final lap of the presidential race has begun

Trump says America is in big trouble; Clinton proposes to keep doing the same things only more so. Read More...

Campaign issues: a better way

House GOP agenda falls short of its advance billing as a collection of “bold conservative proposals.” Read More...

On the cusp of the Republican National Convention

Sputtering Trump campaign needs to get its mojo back; focusing on the issues might help. Read More...

You bet this country is exceptional

Thanks, big government fans, but we’d just as soon you didn’t try to do all our thinking for us. Read More...

State regulations can cause problems too

It’s time to reconsider Delaware’s electric power rules, which are costing far more than expected. Read More...

Rise of the regulatory state

Delegation to administrative agencies was convenient at first, but led to problems that must now be solved. Read More...

Campaign issues: revving up the economy

Calls for the government to direct and control the economy are rooted in human insecurities. Read More...

It's time to reboot the political system (cont'd)

It’s unclear how an Article V convention would work, but this option seems to beat the alternatives. Read More...

It's time to reboot the political system

Maybe things will improve after the upcoming elections, but if not an Article V convention may be the only hope. Read More...

Spare us another bipartsian energy bill

Premise that energy decisions should be made by government is unsound; it's time to take a different tack. Read More...

Campaign issues: Energy policy

The manmade global warming theory is a dandy excuse for growing government; it will be defended fiercely. Read More...

This presidential race resembles reality TV

It may be entertaining, but what’s going to be done about runaway government and the fiscal problem? Read More...

Global warming skeptics are not enemies of science

Climate alarmists won’t discuss the manmade global warming theory; they claim to have already won the debate. Read More...

Young people will be served, but let's hope they listen first

Bernie Sanders will fall short this year; is there any hope of reaching his under-30 supporters with a conservative message? Read More...

Congressional investigations are often ineffective

Congressional oversight sounds good in theory, but experience shows that it’s slow and often ineffective. Read More...

Pondering the purpose of government

However noble the motives for expanding government may have seemed, the results have been unfortunate. Read More...

Disillusion with the presidential race

Don’t give up if none of the presidential candidates seem appealing, support the least worst. Read More...

Campaign issues: Social Security

Social Security burden keeps growing, and most of the presidential candidates are pretending not to notice.
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Free trade gets a bad rap

If the presidential candidates mean what they are saying, the Trans-Pacific Partnership may be doomed. Read More...

A bold conservative agenda may prove elusive

The GOP agenda this fall should be punchy, timely, and offer a clear contrast with Democratic policies. Read More...

A setback for affordable energy

Let’s hope Justice Scalia’s replacement will share his skepticism of the EPA et al. Read More...

Campaign issues: deficits and debt

Presidential candidates ignored the fiscal problem in 2008, and the same thing could happen this year, but wishing won't make the problem go away. Read More...

Negative interest cannot fix the economy

The economy is suffering from a shortage of attractive investment opportunities, not a lack of liquidity. Read More...

The president's budget proposal looks familiar

If the government keeps trying to do everything, it may wind up accomplishing nothing. Read More...

Campaign issues: spending

Nonstop deficits are a huge problem; which of the presidential candidates would be most likely to fix it? Read More...

Congressional Republicans plan a positive agenda

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants the GOP to offer concrete conservative proposals in November, but satisfying everyone may not be easy. Read More...

A fateful presidential election is brewing - part 2

Just because people want something, that doesn't prove it would work nor that they are willing to pay for it. Read More...

A fateful presidential election is brewing

As Harry Truman famously said about political life, “if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Read More...

Some thoughts about the omnibus budget package

In 2015, Congress increased deficits, complicated tax reform, and supported misguided energy policies. Read More...

All in favor of responsible budgeting, say aye

Budget Red-Line proposal isn't perfect, but it would be a lot better than doing nothing. Read More...
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