A different kind of president

Don’t stop at political style in assessing the president’s performance; also consider his policies. Read More...

Logical consistency might improve political discourse

When political positions are taken on an "I think it so it must be true basis," rational answers may prove elusive. Here are three current examples. Read More...

The inauguration of America's 45th president

“There’s a new sheriff in town,” and the inaugural address suggests big changes are on the way. Read More...

Look on the bright side

Efforts to delegitimize outcome of our presidential election pose more danger than alleged Russian hacking. 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GovCare won't really be repealed, and that's fine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...

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...

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...

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...

Campaign issues: revving up the economy

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

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...

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...

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...

Campaign issues: spending

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

Campaign issues: taxes

The candidates are searching diligently, but there isn’t much money available for tax cuts these days. Read More...

Update on 2016 presidential race

It’s beginning to look as if this race will be about the issues for a change. Read More...

Much ado about global warming

How real is this problem, and would another layer of governmental authority help to address it? Read More...

Ending oil export ban should be easy decision

It would be nice to see Congress get one right for a change. Read More...
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