Author Archive | Larry Elder

“60 Minutes” Wacky Piece on Black/White Adoptions

“60 Minutes” strikes again. Earlier this month, the program broadcast a segment on international, “transracial” (black/white) adoptions involving American-born babies. It turns out, according to “60 Minutes,” a growing number of families living out of the country now adopt American black babies. As for the reason, “60 Minutes” interviewed Walter Gilbert, CEO of The Open […]

Bush’s Budget: The Welfare State Lives

Get ready for the interest groups and beneficiaries to squeal, scream, cry and ultimately demean. The issue? Why, President George W. Bush’s “lean” 2006 budget. Americans want their welfare state. The president’s budget, excluding defense, homeland security and entitlements, calls for a 1 percent decrease from 2005. (Bush’s total 2006 budget is a 7 percent […]

The Race Card — 2005

The Democratic Party continues to play the race card for political gain. The Reverend Jesse Jackson steamed into Ohio, the so-called battleground state that went for Bush, claiming that Ohioans’ votes failed to count. “The playing field is uneven,” said Jackson. ” . . . We as Americans should not be begging a secretary of […]

America The Stingy

“It is beyond me . . . why are we so stingy, really,” said U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland, after the tsunami in southern Asia. ” . . . Christmastime should remind many Western countries at least, [of] how rich we have become. . . . ” And in a statement that might […]

Children Having Children: A “Badge of Honor”?

A few years ago, I visited a friend living in Cleveland‘s inner city. As we sat on my friend’s porch, not one, but two teenage girls — visibly pregnant — walked by. My friend cheerfully called out their names. They smiled and waved back as they continued walking. I turned to my friend and said, […]

Hard Work Still Wins

Democratic pundits still scratch their heads as they try and figure out what the recent presidential election tells them. They believe that voters rejected the messenger, rather than the message. But how many different ways can they come up with to tax, spend, regulate and redistribute the wealth? Democrats think your money belongs to the […]

When Liberals Play the Race Card

Former president Bill Clinton — during his last term in office — urged Americans to have “a candid conversation on the state of race relations.” OK. ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” in a silly attempt at cross-promotion, opened with a sexually suggestive skit involving “Desperate Housewives’” Nicollette Sheridan and Philadelphia Eagles’ Terrell Owens. In the skit, […]

Yasser Arafat And The “Peace Process”

” . . . There have been suicide bombings, targeted assassinations, mortar attacks,” said PBS’s Gwen Ifill about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when she hosted the vice-presidential debate, “all of this continuing at a time when the United States seems absent in the peace-making process . . . ” Absent? President Bush became the first American […]

Why Kerry Got Wiped Out During the Latest Election

“I can’t believe I’m losing to this idiot,” said presidential candidate John Kerry when he learned he was losing in the polls. This statement shows why Kerry got wiped out during the latest election. Most Americans do not find the president stupid. The “West Wing’s” Martin Sheen, after the 2000 election, pronounced the president “a […]

Four More Years

George W. Bush won. Sen. John Kerry gave a concession speech, but not until 2 p.m. ET Wednesday did he say, “It is now clear that even when all the provisional ballots are counted — which they will be — there won’t be enough outstanding votes for us to able to win Ohio, and therefore, […]

My Saturday with the Air Force Reserves

While watching on television the horror of Sept. 11, 2001, my radio program engineer, Greg Nercessian — newly married and planning to start a family — felt he had to do something. With the blessing of his understanding and supportive wife, he joined the Air Force Reserves. Greg spent seven-and-a-half months in training, away from […]

Media Give Kerry a Pass During Debates

The post-debate media “truth squad” took little time in taking Bush to task for denying he ever said he “wasn’t that concerned” about Osama bin Laden. Please. Imagine Bush’s poll numbers in the event the military captures or kills Osama bin Laden before the election. Believe me, Bush is trying. John Kerry, however, said a […]

Blame America

The War on Terror involves more than military or intelligence, it involves winning the ideological struggle. Not there, but here. I once wrote about the way an elementary school teacher in Afghanistan discusses political science and history. The teacher holds up a wealth pie chart, showing that America controls this huge slice of the pie, […]

Debater vs. Leader

Polls show President Bush lost the first debate against Democratic presidential contender John Kerry. Why? Bush failed to respond to Kerry’s assertions. Let’s deal with them. Did Bush irresponsibly use the “authority” given him by Congress? The president spent 18 months generating domestic and international support to deal with Saddam Hussein. The president sought and […]

The Media That Could Not Shoot Straight

Can Americans now purchase assault weapons? If you listen to some pols and mainstream media, you probably cannot answer that question. In 1994, Congress passed and President Clinton signed a 10-year ban on so-called “assault weapons.” In reality, the bill outlawed certain semiautomatic weapons with cosmetic features that made them look, well, military. The law […]

Legalize Insider Trading

Martha Stewart’s case, despite public perception to the contrary, turns not on insider trading, but on obstruction of justice, lying to investigators. Dean emeritus Henry Manne of the George Mason University School of Law, author of Insider Trading and the Stock Market, argues that authorities find insider trading virtually impossible to stop, let alone prove. […]

RatherGate is a “Sign” of the Times

CBS, in rushing to air the now discredited anti-Bush National Guard documents, issued an embarrassing apology. CBS’s Dan Rather, after days of stonewalling and insisting on the accuracy of the “60 Minutes II” piece, now says: ” . . . I no longer have the confidence in these documents that would allow us to continue […]

RatherGate

Dan Rather, in a breathless “60 Minutes” piece, said he obtained documents showing that then-lieutenant George W. Bush didn’t report for a physical, and his commanding officer accused him of failing to meet National Guard standards. Rather also interviewed former Texas House Speaker and Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, who says that he used his influence […]

Why the GOP Bounce?

Why did the Republicans get a “bounce” after their convention, while the Democrats did not? Many pundits certainly expected a Democratic National Convention bounce. The Los Angeles Times’ Ronald Brownstein, before the DNC, argued that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry “is likely to receive the traditional ‘bounce’ from the convention if he can use […]

The Progress of American Blacks

Illinois Republican candidate Alan Keyes recently proposed exempting blacks — for a generation or two — from paying federal income taxes! Slavery, argues Keyes, “was an egregious failure on the part of the federal establishment.” Who argues with that? But despite slavery, Jim Crow and racism, the progress of American blacks is simply astounding. Black […]

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