Sunday, September 23, 2018

The ominous decline of social democracy

The rise of Donald Trump was shocking but it was not a one-off. The forces that brought him to power have parallels across democracies...

Welcome back, Street Fair

I’ve tried to run a little faster and a few miles farther the past couple of weeks to get ready for today. We all know...

An economic boom is a terrible thing to waste

President Donald Trump is showing that it’s possible to preside over a period of peace and prosperity and still be notably unpopular. Over the past...

In Texas, a Democratic template for national victory in 2020

HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”;...

Lobbyists and commercials: Sources of information

Many years ago, I spent a day following State Sen. Gary “Doc” Dillon on a day when the General Assembly was in session. It...

When candidates fear the people they want to lead

Editor’s note: This column was written prior to Friday’s announcement that two debates have been scheduled between incumbent Jim Banks and challenger Courtney Tritch...

Do feel like someone is watching you?

It’s been gnawing at me. A few years ago I would occasionally get up on my soapbox and rail about something called “Big Data.” The...

Tritch willing to face the voters

As a group of current and former educators, when we get together we frequently talk about the upcoming District 3 House election in November....

Humility in the face of nature

With rain inundating the mid-Atlantic states and a hurricane barreling down on the Carolinas, President Donald Trump took the occasion to pat himself on...

The blue-collar recovery

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the...