Another Viewpoint

The three amigas

WASHINGTON – By the Republican response to the three most-famous Democratic freshmen in Congress – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – you’d think these women were Shakespeare’s Three Witches rather than the three ...

Plunder: An American Way of Life

Frederic Bastiat, a French economist and member of the French National Assembly, lived from 1801 to 1850. He had great admiration for our country, except for our two faults -- slavery and tariffs. He said: “Look at the United States. There is no country in the world where the law is kept more ...

Diversity and the Democrats

Both of America’s great national parties are coalitions. But it is the Democratic Party that never ceases to celebrate diversity – racial, religious, ethnic, cultural – as its own and as America’s “greatest strength.” Understandably so, for the party is home to a multitude of ...

Pagan politics in America

In 2016, I dissented. I said that, even though I had been an elected Republican, I could not support Donald Trump for president. I found him to be an amoral man and an unprincipled politician. I was and remain horrified by Christian voters who rally to the man as some sort of savior and twist ...

Sherrod Brown is not an idiot

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator who has occupied a spot on the left flank of the Democratic caucus for a very long time is declining to sign up for the fashionable radical causes of the hour. Brown ...

Trump takes yes for an answer on deal

WASHINGTON -- President Trump may not be happy over the bipartisan deal Congress has reached to avoid another horrible government shutdown. But he recognizes it’s an exit ramp from the political nightmare that has deepened his presidential despair. He veils the second policy defeat ...

Socialism: A classification that no longer classifies

WASHINGTON -- Norman Thomas was not easily discouraged. Running for president in 1932, three years into the shattering, terrifying Depression, which seemed to many to be a systemic crisis of capitalism, Thomas, who had been the Socialist Party’s candidate in 1928 and would be in 1936, 1940, ...

Getting easier being green

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be “green.” The evidence is the “Green New Deal,” which CNN describes as a “...10-year ‘economic mobilization’ that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation’s infrastructure while building whole new layers into the ...

Trump wants socialism for the rich, harsh capitalism for the rest

“America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism. In the conservative mind, socialism ...

Jeff Bezos pushes back

WASHINGTON – Jeff Bezos, said to be the world’s richest man and owner of The Washington Post, has accused the gossip-mongering National Enquirer of attempted extortion by personally outing himself, revealing details from his own extramarital affair rather than allowing the Enquirer to smear ...

Some answers on mating

Science Cafe New Hampshire usually presents conversations about cool things, ideas and possibilities. Concrete things like the science of 3D printing, electric cars, telemedicine and beer. This month’s topic comes closer to home and asks us to explore the often confusing and sometimes ...

Great nations – like the U.S. – don’t quit wars before they prevail

“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” President Trump declared in his State of the Union address. It was a line that could have been delivered by President Barack Obama, who in 2015 memorably said, “I do not support the idea of endless war.” Just a few days before Trump’s ...

Government should not be for sale

The problem is – it is because current state law allows it to be. It has recently been reported Gov. Chris Sununu’s 2016 Inaugural Committee paid out some hefty sums personally to the governor as well as his sister and political operatives, including a registered lobbyist. In fact, the ...

Schultz calling Dems out

WASHINGTON – Democrats are furious at former Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz for announcing that he may launch an independent campaign for president. They fear he will split the anti-Trump opposition and help reelect the president. But what angers them even more is that Schultz is ...

Not a realistic policy

Sen. Kamala Harris committed a most unusual gaffe at her CNN town hall the other night – not by misspeaking about one of her central policy proposals, but by describing it accurately. Asked on Monday night if the “Medicare-for-all” plan that she’s co-sponsoring with Sen. Bernie ...

Redistribute the pain

Greetings from Albuquerque. As these words are written, it is Thursday morning and I am in New Mexico to promote my new novel, “The Last Thing You Surrender.” I have to be back home before Monday to teach a class. If my return flight were canceled because, say, the TSA went on strike, ...

An early epidemic

WASHINGTON – In the first days of January 1960, Democratic Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts declared his candidacy for president, nearly a year before the actual balloting. This year, at least half a dozen hopefuls have already signed on for what promises to be an exhausting and costly ...

Dems have their Thatcher

WASHINGTON – Margaret Thatcher’s description of herself as a “conviction politician” alarmed some Britons but delighted others because her convictions were incompatible with the flaccid centrist consensus that had produced their nation’s 1970s stagnation. In 1979, voters rolled the ...

Parental choice is vital

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring this week, Jan. 20-26, as National School Choice Week. The proclamation expresses concern about performance of U.S. students in international surveys: 24th in reading; 25th in science; 40th in math. And it ascribes the cause of these ...

Not for everyone

First, I saw the photo. Why, I wondered, was my youngest sister texting a picture of a yellow Kobelco excavator perched on a mountain of dirt and splintered wood? I read her message and felt my own patch of earth shift: “Saying good-bye to 1225.” Our childhood home. Gone. About two ...