• Beyond Two Evils

    Beyond Two Evils

    Many people dislike both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — for good reason: Both are power-hungry threats to democracy and rule of law. But what can we do? What’s the alternative? Fortunately, one political party wants government to have a | Read More »

  • The Political Picture

    The Political Picture

    The good news is that both political conventions are now behind us. The bad news is that the election is ahead of us. No one knows how this election will turn out but — given the awful presidential candidates in | Read More »

  • Is Trump the Peace Candidate?

    Is Trump the Peace Candidate?

    With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the Russians can retrieve Hillary Clinton’s lost emails. Not funny, and close to “treasonous,” came the shocked | Read More »

  • Does Either Party Have a Winning Strategy? Not Clear

    Does Either Party Have a Winning Strategy? Not Clear

    What is the campaign strategy for the two political parties? Clues can be had from the responses to a question I asked about a dozen dignitaries of each party at their conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. What’s your best guess, | Read More »

  • 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 »