Mr. Bartlett is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy."
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  • Changing World of Commentary

    About 12 years ago, I got a call from Tom Bray, then editorial page editor of the Detroit News. I had known him since the early 1980s, when he was an editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, where | Read More »

  • Who Is the Anti-Bush?

    One of the things that surprises me so far in the race for the White House is that none of the Republicans is positioning himself clearly as the anti-Bush. I think there is a yearning for such a candidate among | Read More »

  • Climate History

    Many people are worried about global warming today. They fear that the polar ice caps will melt, raising sea levels and creating environmental chaos. Such concerns are not new. The historical record tells us of many warming episodes — and | Read More »

  • Synfuel Boondoggle

    Back during World War II, the Allies were successful in largely cutting off Germany’s oil supply. To maintain their war effort, the Germans figured out how to make synthetic oil from coal. Later, the South Africans perfected the German technology | Read More »

  • Immigration Political Dynamics

    The immigration bill may be dead for now, but the political forces behind it have not gone away. Those will continue to impact both major political parties for many years to come. The basic force is that Hispanics are increasing | Read More »

  • Immigration Frustration

    One of the things that bothers me about the immigration bill is the view held in the White House and Congress that “something” must be done — the option of doing nothing is not an option. It is my experience | Read More »

  • Wolfowitz Endgame

  • Democrats and Conservatives

    I hadn’t planned on writing another column about Hillary Clinton, but the one I wrote last week has been so widely misunderstood that I feel compelled to do so. To recap, I said that no Republican can win the presidency | Read More »

  • Conservatives for Hillary?

    As each day passes, it becomes increasingly clear that the Democrats will win the White House next year. It’s not quite 1932, but it’s getting close to a sure thing. All the energy is on their side, they are raising | Read More »

  • April 15 Winners and Losers

    Liberal  distortions on who really pays taxes

  • Tax Winners and Losers

    As is the case every April, the deadline for paying one’s federal income taxes brought forth many news features on the burden of taxation. This year was no different, with one article by former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer | Read More »

  • Blogging Benefits

    On April 6, I had an article in The New York Times arguing the term "supply-side economics" (SSE) had outlived its usefulness. I wasn’t criticizing SSE. On the contrary, I was celebrating its success because its central truths are now | Read More »

  • Tax Facts

    Just in time for tax-filing season, the Tax Foundation and Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have compiled some useful facts about the federal tax system. Following are a few worth thinking about as taxpayers write their annual checks to Uncle | Read More »

  • Economics on the Internet

  • Coulter Consequences

  • When Democrats Fired U.S. Attorneys for Political Reasons

    George W. Bush and Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales are taking a lot of heat from Democrats lately for allegedly discharging some U.S. attorneys for political reasons.  Of course, the president has every right to fire any political appointee in his | Read More »

  • Partisan Press Parity?

    For most of my lifetime, criticism of media bias was largely confined to those on the right side of the political spectrum. When I first moved to Washington in the mid-1970s, conservatives called The Washington Post "Pravda on the Potomac" | Read More »

  • Presidential Predicting

    Although we are two years away from the first ballot being cast in the 2008 presidential election and don’t even know who the candidates will be, we already know a great deal about how the race will turn out. Historical | Read More »

  • Republicans’ Cheney Problem

    It is becoming increasingly clear that the Republican Party has a huge problem going into 2008. Usually, it has a clear frontrunner going into the process who is broadly acceptable to most Republicans. But in this election cycle, that is | Read More »

  • Tax Gap Chimera

    According to press reports, Democrats in Congress are planning a major effort to reduce the so-called tax gap. This consists of money owed to the federal government but not paid. According to the Internal Revenue Service, in 2001 the gross | Read More »