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National Columnists

Biden’s flawed reelection strategy

President Joe Biden polls at or below 40% approval. Historically, such unpopularity has made it almost impossible for a president to be reelected. Biden is not so much an octogenarian as an unhealthy and prematurely aging 80-year-old. So how does Biden become renominated and reelected, as ...

Trump supporters flirt with disaster scenario

In December 2022, Donald Trump said something that, in a healthy political culture, would have spelled his doom. He wrote, “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ...

Warren Buffet’s wrong on raising taxes

Many people have made money by following the advice of Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. His recommendations about which stocks to buy, which to sell and where to invest (or not) have earned him the “Oracle of Omaha” title. I prefer a modern cultural version: “the Taylor Swift of ...

Why no politician can ‘fix’ prices

Prices are threads stitching together the fabric of our economy. They guide countless producers, here and abroad, to meet the most urgent demands of countless consumers. Prices enable the economic coordination of millions of individuals — each with his or her own unique preferences, skills ...

Student loan debt problem can be fixed

Today, the institution that controls 92% of the $1.77 trillion in student loan debt is the federal government. If you seek higher education to advance economically in America and have a rewarding career, with few exceptions, unless you are affluent, you are forced to use student loans. Over ...

Biden’s problem goes beyond inflation

A batch of new polls has very bad news for President Biden: He’s losing. Among registered voters, he’s significantly behind in five of the six battleground states that are most likely to decide the election. He does slightly better among likely voters but remains behind in five key ...