How the Judiciary Effectively Repealed the 10th Amendment

Many years ago, someone did a study of the IQs of municipal transit drivers and their accident rates. Those with below-average IQs had higher rates of accidents, as you might expect. What was unexpected was the discovery that drivers with IQs above a certain level also had higher rates of accidents. Apparently driving a bus […]

Harm’s A Two Way Street

The largest losers of America’s anti-tobacco crusade aren’t tobacco companies and smokers, it’s the American people who are incrementally giving up private property rights. You say, “Hold it, Williams, I agree that people have the right to smoke and harm themselves, but they don’t have the right to harm others with those noxious tobacco fumes!” […]

The New Medicare Program: A Prescription for Disaster

At a cost of $400 billion over 10 years, Congressional Republicans have agreed in Conference Committee–with the enthusiastic encouragement of a Republican President–to the greatest expansion of government in two generations. This new Medicare program can only result in what government supplied health care has always produced in the U.S. and elsewhere: fewer new drugs […]

America’s Failing War Effort (Part 1 of 12): A Report Card

Two years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there are two leading evaluations of the Bush Administration’s “war on terrorism.” One side, generally right-wing and supportive of the war, is optimistic about its progress, and regards Bush as heroic. The other side, generally left-wing and anti-war, is pessimistic about the war’s prospects, warning […]

The Thinker

Back of the beating hammer By which the steel is wrought, Back of the workshop’s clamor The seeker may find the Thought, The Thought that is ever master Of iron and steam and steel, That rises above disaster And tramples it under heel! The drudge may fret and tinker Or labor with lusty blows, But […]

Letters About Medical Care

Reader responses to the discussion of government-controlled medical care in this column raised questions that need answering. The most frequently raised question was why American pharmaceutical drugs sell for less in other countries. Some readers considered this proof that the sellers of these drugs were making excessive profits. They argued that, since the companies were […]

America’s European “Allies”: Liking Us When We’re Dead

In the days immediately following September 11, 2001 the outpouring of support from the governments and people of Europe was overwhelming. Americans living in or visiting Europe at the time remember the various Europeans hugging them on the streets and offering them whatever help they could. Today, a little more than two years later, the […]

Reverend Al Sharpton — The Democrats’ Moral Compass?

Democratic presidential candidate Reverend Al Sharpton, at the recent Democratic debate in Boston, took the front-runner, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, to task. Dean’s sin? Dean, in an interview with the Des Moines (Iowa) Register on Saturday, Nov. 1, stated, “I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup […]

“Hate Crimes” Law Undermines Protection of Individual Rights

Leaders from both parties–Republican Senator Orrin Hatch and Democrat Ted Kennedy–have vowed to push through a new, wide-reaching federal “hate crimes” bill before the end of the current session. A “hate crimes” law would make crimes motivated by enmity toward blacks, gays or other protected groups into a special federal offense. The ostensible purpose of […]

If a Flat Tax is Good for Iraq, How About America?

Few Americans would want to trade places with the people of Iraq. But come tax time next April, they may begin to wonder who’s better off. That’s because the Iraqis soon will enjoy something we don’t — a simple and fair tax system. Beginning in January, all Iraqis will pay a “flat tax” of 15 […]

The United Nations: A Totalitarian Appeasing Debating Society

The United Nations rose from the ashes of World War II, when the leaders of the victorious allies agreed to work together to prevent another full-scale war. They founded an organization aimed at maintaining security in a Cold War world. But now the world has been shaken again, and the world body must decide if […]

Beating George W. Bush

As the elections creep up Republicans are increasingly confident that they have the Presidency locked up and Democrats are fluctuating back and forth between despair that this is true and confident denial. The Republican opinion is, of course, wrong and the Democrat opinion is whiny and annoying. Bush is not unbeatable, as no President is, […]