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A Cure for Mass Shootings Doesn't Exist for 02/18/2018

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Every time there is a mass shooting, a chorus goes up: "We must do something to keep this from happening again. We can't tolerate it any longer." Revulsion understandably creates a demand for remedies. But every time, we do nothing, to the fury of those who denounce the inaction as shameful.

There is a simple explanation, though, for the inaction. It's not that the National Rifle Association is all-powerful, that too many Americans are blind to reason or that most are complacent about wanton slaughter. It's that there are no plausible options that offer more than the faintest prospect of preventing a massacre in the next year or the next decade.

Updated: Sun Feb 18, 2018




Trump Leads an Attack on Legal Immigration for 02/15/2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

One of the big moments in the phenomenally popular musical "Hamilton," which has been running on Broadway for 2 1/2 years, is the line, "Immigrants — we get the job done." In the debate over new federal legislation, a response is being heard: "Get it done somewhere else."

Many people have long decried illegal immigration while claiming to have no problem with legal immigration. The complaints about undocumented foreigners are familiar: "Why can't they follow the rules? Why don't they get in line and wait their turn like everyone else? Why should they be rewarded for breaking the law?"

Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018




The Porter Debacle Confirms Trump's Incompetence for 02/11/2018

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

English monarchs are often known by their names and their most conspicuous traits, from William the Conqueror and Richard the Lion-Hearted to Bloody Mary and Edward Longshanks. If presidents followed that custom, the incumbent could borrow his title from the medieval king Ethelred, going down in history as Donald the Unready.

President Trump has an assortment of grave flaws: a conspiratorial mindset, an irrepressible streak of racial and religious bigotry, thin skin, and consuming narcissism. But no characteristic dominates this administration more thoroughly than his fundamental incompetence.

The case of staff secretary Robert Porter is damning not just because of his importance in the White House but because his record of domestic abuse elicited scant notice or concern from his superiors. It stemmed from a series of failures by multiple staffers and ended in a debacle.

Updated: Mon Feb 12, 2018




Harmful Cures for Government Failures for 02/08/2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Illinois has made many contributions to America, but lately its biggest service is making other states feel better about themselves. With the biggest public pension obligations, the slowest personal income growth and the biggest population loss of any state, it has consistently recorded achievements that are envied by none but educational to all.

Updated: Thu Feb 08, 2018




How Federal Policies Mortgage the Future for 02/04/2018

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Twenty or 50 years from now, the uproar over the House Intelligence Committee memo will be no more than a footnote to history, and many Americans living then will have fading memories, if any, of the Trump administration. But they will be sure to feel the consequence of other policies, little noticed now, that will weigh more heavily with each passing year.

You may have never heard of Irene Triplett, who illustrates something politicians often forget: Decisions made for immediate purposes can reverberate for a long, long time.

Updated: Sun Feb 04, 2018




Trump Should Do the State of the Union Every Week for 02/01/2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800

This year's State of the Union address was in line with past ones: a tedious and bloated exercise in Washington pageantry that ate up a lot of cable news time despite its almost complete irrelevance to how Americans will actually be governed. But those are not the real problems. The real problem is that it happens only once a year.

Donald Trump gave a bravura performance. By that, I mean he used the occasion to prove that he can show up and read carefully vetted lines off a teleprompter without hurling juvenile insults at his critics, pledging allegiance to Vladimir Putin or sexually assaulting any women. If you squinted your eyes just a bit, he looked like a reasonable approximation of a higher primate.

Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018




The Trump Economy Is No Great Success for 01/28/2018

Sun, 28 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Amid all the uncertainty about Donald Trump's presidency, his admirers are sure of one thing: The economy is booming, and it's because of him. We are riding a mighty wave of prosperity driven by his tax cuts, deregulation and business savvy.

The enthusiasm is contagious. "I've really liked what he's done for the economy," marveled Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. "Year One has been nothing short of excellent," declared Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo. Blackstone Group Chairman Stephen Schwarzman said, "There are companies all around the world who are looking at the U.S. now and saying, 'This is the place to be in the developed world.'"

Updated: Sun Jan 28, 2018




Trump Repeats the Folly of Protectionism for 01/25/2018

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Next month, thanks to the tax bill signed by Donald Trump, many Americans will see more money showing up in their paychecks. They should contain their enthusiasm. It won't be long before his trade policy starts removing that money from their wallets.

On Monday, the president imposed hefty tariffs — taxes, that is — on imported washing machines and solar panels. They will be set at a minimum of 20 percent and a maximum of 50 percent on washers and at 30 percent on solar equipment. Rest assured, the duties will boost prices accordingly.

Updated: Thu Jan 25, 2018




The Trouble With Medicaid Work Requirements for 01/21/2018

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, acting out of an abundance of compassion, is doing a favor to people on Medicaid: forcing them to work or lose their coverage. "Human beings want to be treated with dignity and respect," he says. "And we're going to give them that opportunity." Now all he has to do is stand back and accept their gratitude.

He shouldn't hold his breath. In becoming the first state to impose a work requirement for Medicaid, which needed the approval of the Trump administration, Kentucky is not likely to move many people into the dignity of paid employment. It's more likely to move them into the indignity of doing without medical care until illness or injury forces a visit to the emergency room.

Updated: Sun Jan 21, 2018




Trump, Nielsen and the Border Wall Fraud for 01/18/2018

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

In Tuesday's testimony by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, all the attention was on whether she had heard Donald Trump use a derogatory scatological phrase at a meeting with senators. Overlooked in the coverage was new evidence that when it comes to his favorite proposal, Trump is full of something.

In reference to a border wall, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Nielsen about funding: "Have we opened an account that Mexico can put the money in to pay for it?" He persisted in asking whether Mexico would bear the cost as Trump repeatedly pledged. Nielsen had several unhelpful answers, including, "I am not aware" and "How do you mean 'pay,' sir?"

Updated: Thu Jan 18, 2018




Offshore Drilling and Trump's War on the Environment for 01/14/2018

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

It's rare to see bipartisan agreement on much of anything these days. But an array of Republican and Democratic governors of states on the East and West coasts have found common cause in telling the Trump administration: Take your offshore oil rigs and put them where the sun don't shine.

A number of GOP leaders sounded as though they had just come from a two-week wilderness outing sponsored by the Sierra Club. "We cannot afford to take a chance with the beauty, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline," said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, objecting to the Interior Department's plan to open thousands of miles of coastal waters to oil and gas exploration.

Updated: Sun Jan 14, 2018




Jeff Sessions Gives a Boost to Legalization of Pot for 01/11/2018

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

When Winston Churchill's party lost an election in 1945, evicting him from the job of prime minister of Britain, his wife ventured that the defeat might be "a blessing in disguise." He replied, "Well, at the moment, it's certainly very well-disguised."

For those who favor legalizing recreational and medical use of marijuana, there is plenty of bad news in Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to reverse the Justice Department's previous hands-off policy toward state experimentation. He ordered federal prosecutors "to enforce the laws enacted by Congress." That directive poses a threat to cannabis growers, dispensaries, investors and users who had been operating under a permissive regime.

Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018




Trump's Brazen Hypocrisy on Human Rights in Iran for 01/07/2018

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

As protesters march in Iran, the U.S. government has emerged as a brave champion of human rights. "The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years," noted Donald Trump on Twitter. Mike Pence saluted them for "rising up to demand freedom and opportunity" and endorsed their "unalienable right to chart their own future."

The president and vice president are inordinately proud of themselves for saying such things. But every administration statement on Iran should carry a qualifier: "Void in Saudi Arabia." The noble phrases only serve to highlight the White House's hypocrisy.

Updated: Sun Jan 07, 2018




2017 Was Bad, but 2018 Could Be Much Worse for 01/04/2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

The best thing to be said for 2017 is that it didn't last forever. It's gone, carrying a host of memories we'd like to forget — from white nationalists marching in Charlottesville to hurricanes devastating Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to a procession of accused sexual predators.

If the Broadway musical character Annie were around today, she'd be singing her song with extra fervor: "The sun'll come out tomorrow!" But sometimes dark clouds don't give way to sunshine. Sometimes they give way to ferocious storms. By the time this year concludes, we may find ourselves wishing for the happy times of 2017.

Updated: Thu Jan 04, 2018




Legalize Sports Betting for 12/31/2017

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Americans have long since broken free of their Puritan past, but the Puritan impulse is not quite dead. Among the places it shows signs of life is the 1992 federal law that prohibits states from — you are not going to believe this — allowing betting on sports.

If a Martian arrived today, of course, she would deduce that in this country, betting on sports is not forbidden but mandatory. In practice, it's as American as Dunkin' Donuts. March Madness costs businesses an estimated $4 billion a year in lost productivity, and it's not because employees waste time singing their fight songs.

Updated: Sun Dec 31, 2017




The Case for Pessimism in the Age of Trump for 12/28/2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

If there is any single trait that defines Americans, it is optimism. We read our history as a journey upward, from the arrival of the first European settlers to the present. We operate with a collective sense that progress may sometimes be slow and arduous — but will be achieved.

That intuition endows us with confidence in our destiny. But what if it's wrong? What if all along, we have not been ascending a peak but been striding toward the abyss? What if our national story is one that ultimately ends in tragic, irreversible failure?

Updated: Thu Dec 28, 2017




Will Tax Cuts Help Republicans in 2018? for 12/24/2017

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Mitch McConnell thinks the tax bill passed by Congress will put a strong wind into his party's sails. "If we can't sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work," the Senate majority leader said Wednesday. Afterward, I'm guessing, he was swamped with messages from congressional Republicans asking: "Will you serve as a reference when I apply for a job in my next line of work?"

Politicians are often accused of pandering to popular sentiment, but that charge cannot be laid on the members who voted for this bill. Most of their constituents would rather drink vinegar. A recent CNN poll found that 55 percent of Americans oppose the measure, with 33 percent in favor. When asked about the Republicans' claim that it will help them in the 2018 elections, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi replied, "Let. Them. Think. That."

Updated: Sun Dec 24, 2017




A Puny Tax Reform Built on Broken Promises for 12/21/2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Modern politics is a steady process of lowering standards, eroding norms and peddling fictions. The so-called tax reform that passed Congress this week is the latest disappointing result of that decline.

President Ronald Reagan is remembered for the big changes he helped bring about in our tax system — and for good reason. Under him, the top individual income tax rate plunged from 70 percent to 28 percent. On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan celebrated the new Republican overhaul. It will take the top rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.

Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017




Will Trump Start a Nuclear War With North Korea? for 12/17/2017

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Given the improbable events of the past two years, it is almost impossible for anything to happen that would really surprise the American people. They could, however, wake up any morning to a horrific shock: mushroom clouds billowing on the Korean Peninsula.

The Trump administration has given so many signals of its willingness to initiate a war against North Korea that they no longer attract attention. Like the case with much of what Donald Trump says, the public assumes these salvos are nothing more than empty bluster. But there are grounds to think the reckless talk will lead to even more reckless action.

Updated: Sun Dec 17, 2017




Trump Unintentionally Advances Sexual Equality for 12/14/2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

In the physical world, Isaac Newton postulated, every action produces an equal and opposite reaction. In the world of politics and society, the same is true — except the reaction is sometimes more than equal. Barack Obama's presidency proved it, and Donald Trump's offers new confirmation.

History doesn't move in a straight line. When the first African-American was elected president, it suggested that racism was on the wane and bigots were an endangered species. "His talent was to project an idealized vision of a post-racial America," Hoover Institution senior fellow Shelby Steele wrote immediately afterward. "Obama's special charisma — since his famous 2004 convention speech — always came much more from the racial idealism he embodied than from his political ideas."

Updated: Thu Dec 14, 2017