The Pseudo-Science of Rubinomics

What is “economic analysis” when it comes from a newspaper? It’s usually just like Daniel Altman’s “Economic Analysis” column in the New York Times this morning: a montage of sound-bites from “experts” (or, if not experts — are there really any “experts” in the pseudo-science of economics? — then at least people, most of whom […]

The Implosion of the Republican Party

It’s been nearly a week since Trent Lott got all misty for Strom Thurmond’s 1948 segregationist campaign for president, and yet not one of his peers in the Senate has called for his ouster as Majority leader. Not one Senator has demanded the Senate censure Lott for his remarks. This is cause for pause. Just […]

Senator Trent Lott’s Tin Ear and Loose Tongue

Anybody can put his foot in his mouth but making it a habit is too much, especially when you are in a position where your ill-considered words can become a permanent albatross around the necks of other people whom you are leading. That is the situation now, in the wake of Senator Trent Lott’s latest […]

Hope for Iran

Americans who care about Iran had something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving: The State Department finally came out foursquare in support of the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who have been demonstrating for an end to their country’s ruthless Islamic dictatorship. “Iranian officials are fully aware . . . that these are genuine calls […]

Majority Leader Lott Must Go

On Thursday, December 5, 2002, Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said: “When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.” In 1948, Strom Thurmond ran for […]

Venezuela’s Lonely Rebellion

Rebelling against tyranny is a lonely business these days. If the brave citizens of an oppressed country dare to resist evil, they can expect the rest of the supposedly civilized world to react with hostility or indifference. That’s the case right now in Venezuela, where an alliance of business leaders and labor unions is demanding […]

A Choice Future for Students

The big winners on Election Day weren’t politicians. They were students. That’s because many of the politicians who won — Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Senator-elect James Talent of Missouri, to name just two — are vocal supporters of school choice. Coming only a few months after the Supreme Court confirmed the constitutionality of […]

Peaceniks: Warmongers for America’s Enemies

There is an increasingly vocal movement that seeks to engage America in ever longer, wider, and more costly wars–leading to thousands and perhaps millions of unnecessary deaths. This movement calls itself the “anti-war” movement. Across America and throughout the world, “anti-war” groups are staging “peace rallies” that attract tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of […]

Democrats: Still in the Dark

Last month, we saw how the American people reacted to George W. Bush’s first two years in the White House. “Republicans defied history by expanding their House majority in yesterday’s midterm elections,” reported The Washington Post on the morning after. “Combined with the Republican takeover of the Senate, the achievement will enhance President Bush’s efforts […]

Capitalism is the Best Medicine

This past campaign season, Democrats such as Missouri’s Jean Carnahan ran spots bashing pharmaceutical companies for advertising prescription drugs and “passing the cost on to seniors.” While this argument wasn’t the shot in the arm Democrats hoped– Carnahan lost–Republicans should have given them a taste of their own medicine. Imagine a commercial to this effect: […]

Government for Sale…to Saudi Arabia?

Bush administration officials and leading U.S. senators responded very differently to the news that Princess Haifa al-Faisal, wife of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, had given many thousands of dollars to a person connected to two of the 9/11 suicide hijackers. Their difference highlights a problem that needs addressing through congressional legislation; […]

The Republican Daddy State

Government-financed terrorism insurance? Republicans hope it will ‘stimulate’ the economy. It just might, short-term — but at the expense of making individuals ever-more dependent on government handouts; and at the expense of reinforcing the false notion that government has the right to forcibly seize the income of some people to be the keepers of other […]