In 1992, I operated a small publishing business in Los Angeles. It was destroyed as a result of riots that ensued after four police officers were acquitted of charges of excessive violence in the beating of Rodney King.
It changed my life. I focused my resolve to work in public policy to change destructive realities that were taking our ...Read more
President Donald Trump stepped up to declare houses of worship "essential places that provide essential services" to the American people.
"The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now for this weekend," he said.
The president raised eyebrows by declaring that he will "...Read more
With the House passage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's $3 trillion Heroes Act, COVID-19 policy has now officially transformed into presidential politics 2020.
Let's recall that prior to the crisis, the nation appeared quite pleased with the leadership that President Donald Trump was providing.
The economy was growing at a brisk pace, with job ...Read more
I'm pleased to read that Republican leaders in the White House and on Capitol Hill want to take a pause before enacting more coronavirus stimulus spending.
Thinking about the coronavirus debt that my grandchildren will have to endure is already starting to keep me up at night.
But what really had me in cold sweats was when I found myself ...Read more
Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law the CARES Act to provide emergency measures to help us get through the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 shutdown.
A crucial objective was to provide funds to the many individuals who suddenly found themselves cash-strapped and unable to pay bills because, through no fault of their...Read more
We're seeing now what efforts against COVID-19 were supposed to produce: a flattening of the growth curve of new fatalities. The growth rate of fatalities is dropping.
We entered the dark tunnel, and now we are on the way out. Rays of light are shining in.
We will survive. But will we learn?
It appears that the initial estimates of the scope ...Read more
At this writing, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is 42,425.
This is just a little higher than the number of deaths in the U.S. each year from auto accidents.
It's no mystery how to reduce those 40,000 auto accident deaths to zero. Simply prohibit driving.
How many Americans would agree to this?
Not many. Most Americans prefer ...Read more
Here are a few examples of headlines over recent weeks.
"Republicans exploit coronavirus to restrict abortions." -- Los Angeles Times
"The Coronavirus Becomes an Excuse to Restrict Abortions," -- The New York Times
"Texas women forced to travel 20 times farther for abortion under coronavirus ban." -- The Hill
Five states -- Texas, Ohio, ...Read more
Several months ago, before anyone imagined the current crisis, I read a book called "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.
Frankl was a Jewish Viennese psychiatrist who was captured by the Nazis during World War II and managed to survive four concentration camps including the infamous Auschwitz and Dachau.
He went through the ordeal ...Read more
I quoted Maj. Gen. George S. Patton in my column last week: "A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week."
I'm repeating it because it is so relevant to the coronavirus crisis.
No one thinks the stimulus bill the Senate is trying to pass, which Democrats have sabotaged, is a perfect plan. There is ...Read more
The coronavirus crisis presents challenges to us as a nation and as individuals. There are principles we should keep in mind.
Let's remember how our nation works. We have a Constitution that assigns limited, defined powers to the federal government and leaves the rest to the states and individuals.
Some governors, like J.B. Pritzker of ...Read more
I was proud recently when Marc Little, chairman of my organization, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, stood behind President Donald Trump at a White House event for Black History Month and prayed for him.
Then a parade of black liberals did their thing in the media to try to deflate and devalue this important event. Their actions help...Read more