National Columnists

Change Social Security to a program of ownership

I have been an advocate for years of changing our Social Security system to a program of ownership rather than government taxing and spending. To those walking around with the idea that Social Security is some kind of pension in which you have been investing for years — forget it. ...

2020: Socialist America or Trump’s America?

In the new Democratic Party, where women and people of color are to lead, and the white men are to stand back, the presidential field has begun to sort itself out somewhat problematically. According to a Real Clear Politics average of five polls between mid-March and April 1, four white men ...

Breakfast isn’t important

I skipped breakfast again this morning. I won't worry about it. Yes, I've heard the advice. "It's the most important meal of the day." It balances blood sugar levels, kick-starts your metabolism, stimulates the brain, etc. A Harvard University study said men who regularly skip ...

Nancy Pelosi’s perv problem

If you're a sleazy male Democrat, you can always count on Nancy Pelosi to run interference for you and your pervy proclivities. While she has soaked up plaudits as a champion for women (most recently as the VH1 Trailblazer Honors recipient last month for International Women's Day), what she ...

Joe Biden suffers a political hit

Why does it seems like the political equivalent of a Mafia hit job on Joe Biden, who is being whacked before a much-anticipated announcement of his presidential plans? Most people who pay attention to such things have seen Biden's hands-on approach when it comes to women. Not until the ...

The madness of college hoops’ amateurism

ppropriately, during the crescendo of this college basketball season, in which the most significant event was a shoe malfunction, a lawyer whose best-known client was a pornographic actress was indicted for threatening to shrink a shoe company's market capitalization by making allegations about ...

Where is God?

i have nothing left to say on the Mueller matter. While that news was breaking, something else was happening. In the spirit of the Lenten season, let me just keep this real. For the last three weeks, my wife battled pneumonia. She finally got over that only to wind up in an urgent care ...

The Powell Doctrine has been repealed

Long before he would become America's 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam. There, Lt. Powell held in his arms a young American soldier whose body had been blown apart — and whose life would, in a few hours, be ended — by a ...

Can I call ya Jo(k)e?

It may be a truism-in-the-making that one's political career is over when, as a candidate, you must first apologize for your sex and race, which can mean only one thing: Young or old, you're a white guy. Heaven forbid you should also be long of tooth and taupe of hair. ...

Russiagate: Deceit, fake news from Democrats

So now special counsel Robert Mueller has issued his report, and it turns out after two years of investigation, at an estimated cost of $40 million, that "Russiagate" was fake news. Much to the dismay of Democrats, Mueller found no collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the ...

Why we don’t trust our institutions?

This week, special counsel Robert Mueller released his long-awaited report on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to impact the 2016 election. His conclusion: no collusion. It's been apparent for quite some time that Mueller would end up here -- every ...

The Socialist Fantasy

Venezuela is a disaster. Yet 20 years ago, it was the wealthiest country in Latin America. It still has the world's biggest oil reserves. It should be a happy and prosperous nation. But then Venezuela went socialist. Democratic socialist to be exact. They voted for it. Hugo Chavez ...

Health care computers can kill you

Texting while driving is so dangerous that it's outlawed. But doctors and nurses are expected to care for patients while keeping their eyes glued to a computer screen, following prompts and clicking boxes. Some electronic health record systems require 62 clicks just to order Tylenol, and a full ...

Step into the batter’s box for some baseball trivia

when umpire Dutch Rennert blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and asked, "How come you're such a good ball-strike umpire and such [expletive] on the bases?" Rennert, equally puzzled, amiably replied, "Isn't that something?" Try to be as serene as ...

More university corruption

Last week's column discussed the highly publicized university corruption scheme wherein wealthy parents bought admission at prestigious universities for their children. That is dishonest and gives an unfair advantage to those young people but won't destroy the missions of the universities. ...

No evidence of collusion, no surprise

The saga that is the Mueller Report is a consequence of what happens when you begin with a conclusion and then desperately seek evidence you hope will confirm it. The conclusion: Donald Trump was illegitimately elected and that he and/or his campaign conspired with the Russians to undermine ...

Mug shots live on — even for the not guilty

When the suspect of the Christchurch, New Zealand, mass shooting was led into a courtroom, photographers captured his shackled image. The judge then ordered that the face of Brenton Harris Tarrant, accused of the worst mass murder in New Zealand history, be blurred from public view to ensure he ...

Mayor Pete will be president one of these years

What corner of political heaven did Pete Buttigieg fly down from? The 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has mightily impressed mainstream Democrats with his refreshing common-sense intelligence. And that's won him admiring glances from many Republicans, as well. Buttigieg's ...

Old rules of thumb yield to even older ones

Success in politics — and in political predictions — depends on the ability to distinguish between old rules of thumb that don't apply any more and old rules of thumb that do. Take the old rule that an officeholder's chances of re-election depend on what James Carville in 1992 took to ...

Why Elizabeth Warren is wrong about the Electoral College

Elizabeth Warren, the pointy end of the spear of Democratic radicalism, has called for the end of the Electoral College. "My view," she said at a CNN town hall, "is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting and that means get rid of ...