Syndicated Columns

Opinion: Funding stand marginalizes Sanders
January 26, 2015
The young man who answered the phone in the Senate office of Vermont’s Bernie Sanders told the caller, a would-be campaign contributor, that it is illegal for funds to be accepted on federal property. He advised the person to contact Sanders’ political operation, which might become a presidential campaign.
Opinion: University presidents assess future
January 26, 2015
Not surprisingly, public college and university presidents look at the new year with pangs of trepidation, realizing the possibility of increased tax support is remote, at best, knowing that further recessions in budgets are possible and that a heavy load of greater fund raising will land on their collective backs.
Opinion: Europe gets the joke of Fox News
January 25, 2015
Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don’t. Steve Doocy said on Fox that NASA scientists faked data to make the case for global warming. They didn’t.
Opinion: U.S. ignores Iran’s aggression
January 25, 2015
While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.
Opinion: U.S. economic recovery leads world
January 24, 2015
A sign of the concern among business and political leaders here about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions this week was titled “Avoiding a Centennial Slump” — meaning a downturn that lasts a hundred years.
Opinion: Welfare weakens core U.S. values
January 23, 2015
America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider the data Nicholas Eberstadt deploys in National Affairs quarterly:
Opinion: America asking: What comes next?
January 22, 2015
President Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he’s a lame-duck president. That’s one reason he took the offensive in the run-up to the State of the Union address. His aides insist that Obama plays his best in the fourth quarter of the game, and they want him to finish strong, from an opening with Iran to closing Guantanamo.
Opinion: Asset seizures an affront to freedom
January 22, 2015
You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn’t matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext.
Opinion: Latin America economies struggle
January 20, 2015
Economists have been predicting for several months that Latin America will have a so-so year in 2015, but new projections from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund suggest that it may be worse than originally expected.
Opinion: Community college a good investment
January 20, 2015
President Obama’s announcement of his proposal to provide free tuition for 9 million community college students coincides with the start of the spring semester at the community college where I’ve been teaching for 27 years. Naturally, this proposal is of interest to me and my colleagues, as well as to our students, many of whom struggle each semester to scrape together enough money for tuition, fees, books and living expenses.
Opinion: What drives radical terrorism?
January 19, 2015
What’s the relationship between the Internet and the surge of jihadist violence in Paris and around the world? That’s the puzzle examined by Marc Sageman, a psychiatrist and former CIA officer whose contrarian views on terrorism are worth a careful look.