Shoo, fly, don’t bother me

February proved to be an absolute fair weather tease. Seventy degrees one afternoon and dropping to freezing the next. February proved to be warmer...

‘Animal House’ governance

“But what good came of it at last?” Quoth little Peterkin. “Why that I cannot tell,” said he, “But ‘twas a famous victory.” -- Robert Southey “The Battle of...

Public broadcasting: Superfluous yet seemingly immortal

As changing technologies and preferences make government-funded broadcasting increasingly preposterous, such broadcasting actually becomes useful by illustrating two dismal facts. One is the immortality...

‘Repeal and replace’? Try ‘tweak and move on’

Two Junes ago, when the Supreme Court upheld, 6-3, a challenged provision of the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the...

The slovenly institution that is Congress

In January 1988, in Ronald Reagan’s final State of the Union address, he noisily dropped on a table next to the podium in the...

Continued problems in the Rust Belt are homegrown

Explaining the role of international trade on manufacturing jobs and the plight of the Midwest remains a daunting task for an economics professor. Perhaps...

The passionate non sequiturs of the gun debate

The mind boggles at the horror of Las Vegas, where Stephen Paddock perched himself in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay and sprayed...

On tax reform, Republicans define victory down

Needing a victory to validate their majorities, congressional Republicans have chosen not to emulate Shakespeare’s Henry V before Agincourt. He advocated stiffening the sinews,...

Getting an unusual early start on Christmas shopping

I’m normally not one to procrastinate. One of many lessons I learned at home while growing up was not to put off until tomorrow what...

The future for Republicans

Senate Republicans breathed a big sigh of relief Tuesday night when Roy Moore went down to defeat in the Alabama special election -- even...