• Compensating Differences

    Compensating Differences

    What economists call an ability to make “compensating differences” is a valuable tool in everyone’s arsenal. If people are prohibited from doing so, they are always worse off. You say, “Williams, I never heard of compensating differences. What are they?” | Read More »

  • Khizr Khan, Donald Trump and the Debate Over Muslim Immigration

    Khizr Khan, Donald Trump and the Debate Over Muslim Immigration

    There’s a sensation building over the Democratic convention speech of Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-born Virginia lawyer whose son Humayun was killed in action while serving as a captain in the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004. In seven minutes on | Read More »

  • How Entangled With Russia Is Trump?

    How Entangled With Russia Is Trump?

    To gauge the opportunism and hypocrisy that define Donald Trump’s Republican Party, consider this: Imagine the scalding rhetoric that would have boiled from the likes of Newt Gingrich, that Metternich of many green rooms, if Hillary Clinton had offhandedly undermined | Read More »

  • #BlueLightFriday: From the White House to Your House

    #BlueLightFriday: From the White House to Your House

    When you need something done, call a retired cop. That’s how Blue Light Friday at the White House came together last week. Unlike the lame duck occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., I have little experience as a community organizer. So | Read More »

  • The Hillary Recession

    The Hillary Recession

    This economy may be perilously close to recession. That was the message of the second-quarter real-GDP report and its meager 1.2 percent growth rate. Over the past year, real GDP has slipped to a paltry 1.2 percent. Business investment continues | Read More »

  • What's the Case for Clinton?

    What’s the Case for Clinton?

    “The best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” So said Bill Clinton in making the case for his wife at the Democratic National Convention. Considering that Bernie Sanders ran as the author of a political revolution and | Read More »

  • Bernie Is a Mainstream Democrat

    Bernie Is a Mainstream Democrat

    People often make fun of Bernie Sanders and his supporters, but with all this levity, we may be underestimating the seriousness of this political movement and what it signifies concerning our ongoing struggle for liberty. At first, no one took | Read More »

  • Two Conventions, Two Realities and a Jarring Contrast

    Two Conventions, Two Realities and a Jarring Contrast

    We have now finished two weeks of two conventions by two parties. For Americans who watched both presentations, the contrast was jarring. They weren’t just offering two different political visions. In many ways, they were offering two radically different versions | Read More »

  • Living in Two Separate Americas

    Living in Two Separate Americas

    Wednesday was the best night of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  Joe Biden, Tim Kaine and Barack Obama testified to her greatness and goodness and readiness to be president. And all saw in the Republican Convention in Cleveland a festival of darkness | Read More »

  • Democrats' Mission: Partly Accomplished

    Democrats’ Mission: Partly Accomplished

    It was a variant on a traditional convention for a party seeking a third straight term in the White House, attempting to overcome an apparent post-convention bounce for the opposition’s candidate: shades of 1988 or 2000 or 2008. Usually it | Read More »

  • HBO's John Oliver Laughs About Crime While Innocent Americans Get Killed

    HBO’s John Oliver Laughs About Crime While Innocent Americans Get Killed

    On his program this week, HBO comedy show host John Oliver mocked my suggestion, in defense of Donald Trump, that crime is on the rise. Oliver said I prioritized feelings over facts in arguing that America is becoming less safe. He focused | Read More »

  • Has Obama's Act Worn Thin? President Paints Rosier Picture of U.S. Than Voters See

    Has Obama’s Act Worn Thin? President Paints Rosier Picture of U.S. Than Voters See

    For all his appeal as a speaker, and for all the love coming from Democrats crowded inside the Wells Fargo Arena, President Obama made a classic mistake in his address to the Democratic convention Wednesday night. Determined to defend his | Read More »

  • Clinton Cash

    Clinton Cash

    This week, as Democrats fawn over Hillary Clinton, I’m struck by how both Clintons continue to thrive despite their remarkable record of sleazy dealings. The just released documentary “Clinton Cash,” based on a book by Peter Schweizer, explains how they | Read More »

  • What Can Discrimination Explain?

    What Can Discrimination Explain?

    A guiding principle for physicians is primum non nocere, the Latin expression for “first, do no harm.” In order not to do harm, whether it’s with medicine or with public policy, the first order of business is accurate diagnostics. Racial | Read More »

  • When Do The Mothers Of ISIS Speak?

    When Do The Mothers Of ISIS Speak?

    Whatever questionable choices were made at the Republican National Convention last week, I didn’t hear of a single speaker whose sole accomplishment was raising a delinquent who attacked a cop.

  • Black Votes Matter

    Black Votes Matter

    Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths | Read More »

  • Donald Trump Won--And He Can't Get Over It

    Donald Trump Won–And He Can’t Get Over It

    Donald Trump was widely criticized for replaying old fights with Ted Cruz at a news conference the morning after Trump’s acceptance speech to the Republican convention. It’s true — there was no reason for Trump to rehash (again) and explain | Read More »

  • OK, Hillary, Have Fun Defending Obama's Record

    OK, Hillary, Have Fun Defending Obama’s Record

    Some Republicans are disillusioned with their party’s nominee, but imagine how rank-and-file Democrats must feel. Their presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, not only is exceedingly unappealing in her own right but also seeks to fulfill Barack Obama’s third term and must | Read More »

  • The Path Ahead for Hillary

    The Path Ahead for Hillary

    En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? “Not at all. I always use my opponent’s return ticket for the trip back.” Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although | Read More »

  • What's 'Making America One Again' About?

    What’s ‘Making America One Again’ About?

    “Make America One Again.” That was the stated theme of the last night of the Republican National Convention. In the welter of analysis of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech, few have commented on it, but it’s worth taking it seriously. Liberal | Read More »