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Dr. Williams is a nationally syndicated columnist, former chairman of the economics department at George Mason University, and author of More Liberty Means Less Government
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  • Rights Versus Wishes

    Rights Versus Wishes

    Here is what presidential aspirant Sen. Bernie Sanders said: “I believe that health care is a right of all people.” President Barack Obama declared that health care “should be a right for every American.”

  • A Superior Vision

    A Superior Vision

    Last month, I celebrated the beginning of my 81st year of life. For nearly half that time, I have been writing a nationally syndicated column on many topics generating reader responses that go from supportive to quite ugly.

  • Attacking Our Nation's Founders

    Attacking Our Nation’s Founders

    During Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign visit to Liberty University, he told the students that our nation was created on racist principles. Students at a Christian-based university, such as Liberty, do not often hear the founders-as-racists argument.

  • Campus Lunacy, Part II

    Campus Lunacy, Part II

    Students, often with the blessing of faculty, have discovered that names for campus buildings and holidays do not always fit politically correct standards for race, class and sex.

  • Campus Lunacy

    Campus Lunacy

    The American Council of Trustees and Alumni publishes occasional reports on what college students know. Nearly 10 percent of the college graduates surveyed thought Judith Sheindlin, TV’s “Judge Judy,” is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Trade Deficit Angst

    Trade Deficit Angst

    Let’s look at the political angst over trade deficits.

  • Our Forgotten Statesman

    Our Forgotten Statesman

    George Washington, our first president, is probably our greatest and most decent statesman. We celebrate Washington’s Birthday each February. But March 16th marks the birthday of probably the second-most important and decent American, James Madison.

  • What Is the Fair Share of Taxes?

    What Is the Fair Share of Taxes?

    Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with President Obama, say they want high-income earners, otherwise known as the rich, to pay their fair share of income taxes. None of these people, as well as the uninformed in the media and our campus intellectual elites, will say precisely what is the “fair share” of taxes. That is because they would look ignorant and silly, so they stick with simply saying that the rich should pay more. Let’s you and I take a peek at who pays what in federal income taxes.

  • Gullible Americans

    Gullible Americans

    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), satirist, essayist and political pamphleteer, is a favorite of mine. He wrote “Gulliver’s Travels.”

  • Clinton and Sanders and Progressivism

    Clinton and Sanders and Progressivism

    Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders seek to claim the “progressive” mantle. Both claim the other is not a true progressive.

  • Sloppy Language and Thinking

    Sloppy Language and Thinking

    George Orwell said, “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too.

  • Isn't It Strange?

    Isn’t It Strange?

    There is a letter titled “Isn’t It Strange?” making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers, save for those caught up in modernity.

  • Education Insanity

    Education Insanity

    Some credit Albert Einstein, others credit Benjamin Franklin, with the observation that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results.”

  • Blacks and the Confederacy

    Blacks and the Confederacy

    Last July, Anthony Hervey, an outspoken black advocate for the Confederate flag, was killed in a car crash. Arlene Barnum, a surviving passenger in the vehicle, told authorities and the media that they had been forced off the road by a carload of “angry young black men” after Hervey, while wearing his Confederate kepi, stopped at a convenience store en route to his home in Oxford, Mississippi.

  • Minimum Wage Dishonesty

    Minimum Wage Dishonesty

    Michael Hiltzik, a columnist and Los Angeles Times reporter, wrote an article titled “Does a minimum wage raise hurt workers? Economists say: We don’t know.”

  • Unappreciated Tax on the Poor

    Unappreciated Tax on the Poor

    A few years ago, BET had a commentary titled “Where Are the Grocery Stores in Black Neighborhoods?”

  • Misleading and Using Blacks

    Misleading and Using Blacks

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ran headlong into the leftist meat grinder by questioning whether college admission of blacks with academic achievement levels significantly lower than the rest of the student body is beneficial to blacks.

  • Immorality and Contempt for Liberty

    Immorality and Contempt for Liberty

    American immorality and contempt for liberty lie at the root of most of the political economic problems our nation faces.

  • Our Timid Military Leaders

    Our Timid Military Leaders

    This month, President Barack Obama’s defense secretary, Ashton Carter, decreed that there will be 220,000 combat military jobs offered to women — including in Army special operations forces and the Navy SEALs.

  • Squandered Resources on College Education

    Squandered Resources on College Education

    Most college students do not belong in college. I am not by myself in this assessment. Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson said, “It’s time to drop the college-for-all crusade,” adding that “the college-for-all crusade has outlived its usefulness.”