National Columnists

Dems’ ‘Tax the Rich’ hoax

The U.S. Department of Labor jobs report, released Friday, shows eye-popping gains, concluding a year that has been great for workers. Hourly wages shot up after 10 years of stagnation and real household income topped its highest level in history. Basically anyone who wants a job can get one. ...

The scientific experts who hate science

his week, the American Psychological Association proved once again that it is a political body rather than a scientific one. This isn't the first time a major mental health organization has favored politics over science -- in 2013, the American Psychiatric Association famously reclassified ...

Legal weed

Ten states and Washington, D.C., have now legalized adult use of marijuana. Supporters of America's long war on drugs said legalization would create disaster. Has it? No. Colorado and Washington offer the longest points of comparison because weed has been legal in those states now for ...

Border wall: Monument for the people, not pols

Profligate politicians have never met a multibillion-dollar infrastructure project they didn't like — except when it comes to President Donald Trump's border wall. Think about it. Boston's Big Dig black hole, the nation's most expensive highway project, burned through $25 billion and ...

No, this is not JFK’s democratic party

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House has more women, persons of color and LGBT members than any House in history — and fewer white males. And Thursday, the day Rashida Tlaib was sworn in, her hand on a Quran, our first Palestinian-American congresswoman showed us what we may expect. As a rally of ...

Black Education: A glimmer of hope

In reference to efforts to teach black children, the president of the St. Petersburg, Florida, chapter of the NAACP, Maria Scruggs, said: "The (school) district has shown they just can't do it. ... Now it's time for the community to step in." That's a recognition that politicians and the ...

New details ruin Khashoggi hero story

The gruesome murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi shredded the idea that Saudi Arabian royalty should be praised for reforming itself. Princes who chop political opponents into little pieces are not nice people. That said, puh-leeze stop it with the adoration of a man who ...

Jumping the starting gun on 2020

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, in announcing her 2020 presidential candidacy a full year in advance, gets the ball rolling amid uncertainty whether President Trump himself will survive the investigations against him to seek re-election. Indications of a larger Democratic ...

Trump Slams Brakes on Federal Gravy Train

President Donald Trump is freezing pay for civilian federal workers, cancelling their automatic 2.1 percent raise for 2019. Disregard the howls from union bosses and Democratic politicians. It's the right decision. Federal workers already collect bigger salaries, on average, than private ...

Dogs have their day in our politicized society

I wanted to write this column about dogs. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my work elsewhere, you probably know that about me: I like my dogs. Though truth be told, I probably like your dogs, too. Because I just like dogs. It's a common sentiment. Dog ownership has been going up ...

2019: The year of the wokescolds

2018 was a chaotic year. It was a chaotic year for the markets, for domestic and international politics, and for social mores. 2019 promises more of the same, if the end of the prior year was any indicator. And it promises something else: the continued rise of the Wokescolds. Wokescolds are ...

Cultural winners and losers of 2018

It's a little hard to judge popular culture in the Trump era, wherein content creators are judged solely on political impact — are they offering enough "Resistance"? — instead of the quality of their product. The Democratic gains in the midterms should make the left happy about its ...

How the war party lost the Middle East

"Assad must go, Obama says." So read the headline in The Washington Post, Aug. 18, 2011. The story quoted President Barack Obama directly: "The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. ... the time has come for President ...

Trump using American capitalism to help the poor

During Christmas week, Fox News invited me to discuss how President Donald Trump's achievements for black Americans are registering in awareness in these communities. Unfortunately, we didn't succeed in scheduling the interview. It's a subject of enormous importance not just because of what ...

Sweden isn’t socialist

For years, I've heard American leftists say Sweden is proof that socialism works, that it doesn't have to turn out as badly as the Soviet Union or Cuba or Venezuela did. But that's not what Swedish historian Johan Norberg says in a new documentary and Stossel TV video. "Sweden is not ...

Say his name: RIP Cpl. Ronil Singh

In the still of the last night of 2018, the silence of California Dems chilled the air and airwaves. Border wall opponent Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted three times between Christmas and New Year's Eve bemoaning the plight of illegal immigrants and their children. But not a peep was heard ...

Resolved: To speak English

"Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?" asked Professor Henry Higgins in the musical "My Fair Lady." It's a good question for Americans, especially millennials. On a recent flight two young women sat behind me, chattering away rather loudly. In just one minute I counted ...

Border wall a symbol of our symbolic politics

As we close out 2018 with a partial government shutdown merely adding some extra spice to the monotonous stew of political rage served daily, it's worth noting that the primary sticking point isn't an ideological split over border security, nor is it the recalcitrance of the president or the ...

America’s love affair with small business rekindled

Bloom Brewery is the kind of Main Street business that shut its doors a generation ago when shopping malls lured customers to their mega-buildings with well-lit parking lots, extended hours and everything imaginable under one roof. The brewery, which offers 24 artisanal beers on tap, sits ...

The generosity of Americans

Nine days ago (at this writing), Iraq War veteran and triple amputee Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe page to help build the wall on the United States southern border with Mexico. In a week and a half, Kolfage has raised over $17 million (toward his stated goal of $1 billion) with gifts from ...