National Columnists

Educational rot

My recent columns have focused on the extremely poor educational outcomes for black students. There's enough blame for all involved to have their fair share. That includes students who are hostile and alien to the educational process and have derelict, uninterested home environments. After all, ...

Heritage breaks two glass ceilings

Hillary Clinton was supposed to break the glass ceiling, which she said has kept a woman from becoming president, but the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., has actually done it. Their new president is Kay Cole James, a female, an ...

Santa or Scrooge in the Oval Office?

In this traditional season of tidings of gladness and joy, the jury is out on whether American taxpayers should be celebrating or bemoaning the massive tax reform package placed under the Christmas tree by President Trump and his merry band of Republican members of Congress. A bus cavalcade ...

From tent to glory

In the beginning was a garden. And in that garden were two people and their God. God had created the man and woman in his image and set them above the rest of creation. But Adam and Eve sinned and thereby severed their personal, direct relationship with their Creator. God cannot tolerate sin. ...

Cultural winners and losers of 2017

The first year of President Trump stirred the makers of popular culture into a frenzy of resistance. Any list of the year's cultural winners and losers revolves around how the entertainment elites offended Americans in the red states by trying too hard to correct their outdated patriotism and ...

A tax bill about growth, not envy

As I listen to and read what those on the left have to say about the soon-to-be-law tax bill, I wonder where these folks think wealth comes from. They like to talk about milking the cow but don't seem to think it's relevant to talk about where you get the cow. They want to talk about ...

Republicans have reformed taxes; will they fix 1970s budget rules next?

The Republicans have passed their tax bill, without a single Democratic vote, despite low to dismal poll ratings. It's reminiscent of the passage by Democrats, without a single Republican vote, of Obamacare in March 2010. Democrats lost 63 seats and their House majority that fall. ...

Politics of tax reform depends upon salesmanship of President Trump

Many Democratic political leaders have convinced themselves that the Republican tax reform bill will be a great boost for the Democrats in next year's midterm elections. They could be right, but the outcome is far from certain. Instead, the political implications will be determined by how the ...

Deadly Isms

People want politics to be simple. Left vs. right. Clinton vs. Trump. My side vs. your side. Elect the right guy, and things will be good! The truth is more complicated. Influential political philosophies created the mess we live with today, not just a political "left" and "right." ...

Who wants war with Iran — and why?

In the run-up to Christmas, President Donald Trump has been the beneficiary of some surprisingly good news and glad tidings. Sunday, Vladimir Putin called to thank him and the CIA for providing Russia critical information that helped abort an ISIS plot to massacre visitors to Kazan Cathedral ...

Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part 2

In Oklahoma City, words don't mean what they plainly mean. Asking government officials simple questions prompts Orwellian acrobatics. By distorting language and obfuscating actions, public bureaucrats subvert transparency and evade accountability. Whether in the fictional dictatorship of ...

A government ‘refund’

So, a Republican majority Congress has "reformed" the tax code for the first time in 31 years, allowing us to keep a little more of the money we earn. Woohoo! Back in the day when my withholding exceeded my tax liability, I occasionally received a nice little refund check from the U.S. ...

If he’s lost Fox viewers…

The most important poll number to come out this week had nothing to do with defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. It had to do with Fox News and Donald Trump. We'll get to the numbers in a minute. First: some disclosure. I'm a Fox contributor and a Trump skeptic (aka a former "Never ...

A tale of DOJ corruption

Imagine living in a country where the federal government decides whether you’re exonerated from criminal wrongdoing or hauled off in handcuffs based on how you vote. Welcome to the U.S. Justice Department, a politicized agency that has become a weaponized arm of the Democratic National ...

Unlike Nixon, Trump will not go quietly

On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon bowed to the inevitability of impeachment and conviction by a Democratic Senate and resigned. The prospect of such an end for Donald Trump has this city drooling. Yet, comparing Russiagate and Watergate, history is not likely to repeat itself. First, the ...

Showtime Vs. Christianity

The Golden Globe Awards nominations have been announced, and once again, the Hollywood judges really know how to find the worst junk to honor. Two nominations went to stay-classy Showtime’s program called “SMILF,” which stands for “Single Mother I’d Like to F—-.” The show’s lead ...

Still dawdling over deadly diversity visas

Capitol Hill’s national security priorities are screwier than a Six Flags roller coaster. Instead of immediately shutting down one of America’s stupidest visa programs, which helped bring us yet another murder-minded jihadist this week, bipartisan Beltway politicians are pushing to ...

Trump’s accomplishments obscured by distractions

Side issues — some of them created by the president himself — have obscured the accomplishments of the Donald Trump administration during his first year in office. The economy is the most obvious one. From anemic growth in the previous administration, it is now growing at around 3 ...

Here we go again

For the second time in two months, someone who has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State has plotted to kill innocents in New York City and has executed his plot. According to police, at the height of the Monday morning rush hour this week, in an underground pedestrian walkway that I have ...

Liberate food trucks

aura Pekarik bakes cupcakes and sells them from a food truck. Her truck provided a great opportunity, letting her open a business without having to spend big to hire a staff and rent space in a building. “Instead of renting a whole brick and mortar and managing a team of people, it was ...