I recently interviewed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who claimed the president's proposed $4.8 trillion budget includes "a significant step toward returning flexibility to the states through a proposal to block grant all of the elementary and secondary education funds ... and let (states) prioritize where those funds are going to be best ...Read more
For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation.
Not this year.
One could tell where things were headed when President Trump arrived later than most other presidents and held up two newspapers with the ...Read more
Just because the Senate is about to acquit President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors," don't think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun.
Next is a campaign to defeat enough of the 23 Republican senators up for re-...Read more
I love definitions because they help focus the mind. For decades, we are said to have been in a culture war. As in any war, it helps to know one's enemy.
One online dictionary defines culture this way: "the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, ...Read more
The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. She passed out the pens like souvenirs to fellow Democrats. They were embossed in gold with her signature and rested on silver trays.
The other picture was of ...Read more
It can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago.
On Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today it is over 28,000 points.
In 1920, the U.S. had become an economic power, which is remarkable considering the bloody "war ...Read more
Like swallows returning to Capistrano, socialism makes an appearance on a regular cycle.
The current presidential campaign features self-confessed socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who doesn't self-describe as a socialist, but whose policies closely resemble those of Sanders.
Sanders has the luxury of condemning...Read more
"There's a grief that can't be spoken.
There's a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone." -- Marius, from the musical "Les Miserables"
"It's the most wonderful time of the year," Andy Williams reminds us over tinny speakers in crowded shopping malls. It may be wonderful for the majority, but for ...Read more
While watching "Jeopardy" the other night, I had a fantasy. Suppose Alex Trebek had a Final Jeopardy category called "The Ultimate Impeachment Hypocrite"?
Here's how I thought it might go.
Trebek: "We go first to Joe, who is in third place, and he wrote, 'Who is Bill Clinton?'"
"No, that's wrong, but a good guess. politics/fromtheright/calthomas/s-2306656">Read more
"Blowout" was how one UK newspaper described the decisive victory of Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in last week's election.
How decisive was it? Not only did conservatives win an 80-seat majority in Parliament, a constituency in Blythe Valley in Northeast England elected a conservative member for the first time since its creation 40 ...Read more
If it walks like a duck ... you know the rest.
Following a shooting attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi national identified as 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, the FBI issued a statement saying it presumes the incident was a terrorist attack.
What might have given them that idea?
Apologies to Elton John, but in Washington and throughout so much of the country, can you feel the hate tonight?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked by reporter James Rosen if she hates President Trump. She responded with an "if looks could kill" fire in her eyes and denounced Rosen for his question while claiming she doesn't hate Trump.
Not many people think of the Ten Commandments these days, unless some group is trying to fight a legal battle to place them on public property.
Still, these laws of God, which may be familiar to some only through the Cecil B. De Mille classic film starring Charlton Heston as Moses, contain worthy guidelines that are applicable to today.
When ...Read more