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February 25, 2018

Reform welfare, yes, but don't punish the poor
Both the state Assembly and the Senate have passed a package of welfare reform bills that is, on balance, a step in the right direction, but there are flaws in the bills that should be amended going forward.
Friday, February 23, 2018


The flim-flam of minimum lot sizes
Stick around the Northwoods for very long, and you are likely to hear a lot of yammering about large-lot zoning, especially for the shoreland zone.
Friday, February 23, 2018

Success Academy
Kids who attend New York City's Success Academy charter schools do remarkably well.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Let's make America a mineral superpower
Why is the United States reliant on China and Russia for strategic minerals when we have more of these valuable resources than both these nations combined?
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Supreme Court again assaults the open records law
In an egregious ruling last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court effectively voided a major underpinning of the state's public records law in the name of protecting the rights of voters to cast secret ballots without fear of coercion or intimidation.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Confident women can't lose
When I openly exposed my passion for the "Woman's Rights" venue I knew not what to expect in responses.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Are liberals rooting against America?
The unseemly sight of nearly the entire Democratic congressional delegation sitting on their hands and clinging to their chairs throughout Donald Trump's State of the Union speech is further evidence that they want America to fail on Trump's watch.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

False humility is better than none at all
Thanks to the reliable American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which keeps careful track of such information, we know that in 2000, President Bill Clinton gave - at one hour and 28 minutes - the longest State of the Union address.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Silk Road
Ross Ulbricht was a quiet nerd - an Eagle Scout who never cursed.

Then he became a libertarian, and he decided, "I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion."

Friday, February 9, 2018

Tim Burns exposes his opponents' nakedness
There's an old saying out there that, if you don't want people to stare at you, don't walk around naked. (subscriber access)
Friday, February 9, 2018

Make Trump tax cuts permanent - now
We're just one month into the new tax bill, and only those wearing left-wing ideological blinders - which, unfortunately, is still the case for millions of anti-Trumpers - can deny that Donald Trump's tax cuts are helping just about everyone.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Patriotism on the cheap
For the first two centuries of U.S. history - while Americans were proudly winning a war for independence, founding a nation, abolishing slavery, settling a continent and winning two world wars - the patriot was that admirable fellow citizen willing to sacrifice his own individual well-being for the common good or to sacrifice her own personal security for the security of the nation.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Freedom ranking
Is America the world's freest country? Sadly, no.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Yes, the President must testify
Donald Trump tells reporters that he is eager to chat with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating his campaign's suspected collusion with the Kremlin and his attempts to obstruct that investigation, but his sincerity is in doubt.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Apostles of Pork
Any time politicians start changing the name of something to make it politically palatable, taxpayers should move quickly to hide their wallets. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, February 2, 2018

Women, stop whining!
After considerable thought and numerous warnings from my wife, I have decided "To boldly go where no man has gone before." Unlike Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise, I will leave the safety of space and plunge headlong into the confusing world of woman's marches and demands for "equal rights."
Friday, February 2, 2018

Keep it closed!
The government is open again. That's too bad.

One day, one of these shutdowns should be permanent. We would still have far more government than the Founding Fathers envisioned.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Useful idiots vs. the FBI
Nothing is more fashionable these days on the Republican right than to trash America's law enforcement and intelligence services.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Environmental elites and the coming housing tragedy
Virtually every one who is a renter or who owns property in Oneida County should be offended by, and anxious about, the embarrassing display of elitism at this past month's Oneida County board meeting, at which supervisors passed a new county shoreland zoning ordinance. (Subscriber Access)
Friday, January 26, 2018

Get ready for a congressional budget blowout
No one is paying much attention, but Congress is preparing a two-year budget that would blow past bipartisan spending caps to the tune of $216 billion through 2019.
Friday, January 26, 2018

'The Post': No way today's newspapers would publish The Pentagon Papers
Steven Spielberg's new movie "The Post" depicts a newspaper's decision to defy the government, risk its financial health and imprisonment of its editors in order to report a hard truth and defend the press' First Amendment rights by publishing the Pentagon Papers.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Trump tax cut is already working
With the recent announcement of Walmart's increasing starting wages and Fiat Chrysler's opening a new plant (with 2,500 jobs) in Michigan, there are now more than 100 companies that have offered bonuses and benefit hikes to their workers due to the tax cut. An estimated 1 million workers have benefited. This after less than one month.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Selling hate
Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Friday, January 19, 2018

'Always proud he was my president'
Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Michael Wolff's book shows Hillary Clinton was an even worse candidate than we thought
For over a year, I've been saying that Donald Trump is a dog who caught a car: he wanted to run for president, not be president.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A prophet who deserves a little honor
Anyone who cannot resist the temptation to offer public predictions about public events invites and can expect public ridicule.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Who are you calling a moron?
I remember when I was in fifth grade and kept losing tennis matches to a kid I despised.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Autism numbers spike: The latest call to action
The new numbers on autism prevalence are alarming - according to a national survey of more than 30,000 families, 1 in 36 U.S. children have been diagnosed with autism - and they are yet another urgent call for our elected leaders to take action. (subscriber access)


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Punish poor people
Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines.

His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. "Too cheap!" say New York City bureaucrats. "The cigars should have cost 11 cents more."

Politicians want you to spend more for tobacco.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Normal speech
Contrary to what my beloved junior high coach taught us, defeat does not build character. However, defeat can often reveal character. So, too, can victory reveal character, as it seemed to do late on a December Tuesday night in a raucous ballroom at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

One year in office: Trump keeps defying his critics
Trump was elected president in November 2016, the Dow Jones industrial average has risen by some 35 percent, making the last 14 months one of the greatest bull market runs in history.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

If Hillary Clinton had won, we'd be even worse
What if Hillary Clinton had won 114,000 more votes in four key states? Or, what if she'd picked up the two to three percent of the vote she lost because Bernie Sanders' supporters sat on their hands on election day? She'd be "Clinton 2" or "Clinton 45" or "the second President Clinton" - and the world would look very different.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Election odds
President Trump is up 3 percent!

I refer to the betting odds. Gamblers (mostly in Europe because political bets are legal there) now give the president a 53 percent chance of finishing his first term.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Misunderstanding all they see
In The Beatles' classic song, "Strawberry Fields Forever," John Lennon sings, "Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see."
Friday, January 5, 2018

Our sore president
During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush.
Friday, January 5, 2018

Trump tax cut an ode to the Laffer Curve
The unsung hero of the GOP Christmas gift of a tax cut is Arthur Laffer - the Reagan economist who helped devise the Gipper's tax reductions. Those tax cuts rebuilt the U.S. economy in the 1980s and pulled us out of the mini-depression of high inflation and unemployment in the late 1970s.
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Bark! And a Happy New Year!
And so it is the new year, and 2018 is, we see, the Year of the Dog on the Chinese calendar, and that gives us some comfort, for in a dangerous time and in a dangerous world, a dog is a good companion to have, either by your side or in the stars.
Friday, December 29, 2017

Resolutions and predictions
The calendar reminds us that it's that special time of the year to make reckless predictions and fleeting resolutions. So let us do a little of both.
Friday, December 29, 2017

Air traffic control's job one is safety
Being stuck in an airport terminal waiting for an overdue departure is no fun.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Let them leave
The United States was born when the Founding Fathers seceded from England.

So why do so many people now see secession as a terrible thing?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Death of the Border Crossers
The door of the antiquated bus folds open as the Ortiz family anxiously steps onto the only sizable street of Altar, Sonora Mexico. It's a typical small Mexican town but with a significant difference.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017


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