Shortly after World War II, Congress passed a law requiring the federal government to assume responsibility for managing the economy. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy claimed that government stewardship was responsible for the post-War economic boom. In those heady days, there was even talk about how economists had learned to fine-tune the ...Read more
Every time a horrific event like the Las Vegas massacre takes place, it is followed by a frustrating and futile debate about the merits of gun control. People on both sides of the debate trot out talking points and talk right past each other without listening.
Much of the frustration comes from the fact that everybody would like to do something...Read more
Horrific, sickening and tragic are just a few of the words I've heard used to describe the news from Las Vegas. But none of them really capture the reality that such acts are utterly beyond comprehension. As I write this, official sources are still looking for a motive, but no rational motive can possibly exist. Whatever made the killer take 59 ...Read more
I grew up in suburbia, and have spent various parts of my life in small towns, a Southern city and in rural Indiana. Moving may be a hassle, but new experiences in new locations provide wonderful opportunities to learn and explore. That's certainly true as I adjust to life in New York City, a vastly different environment than anything I've tried...Read more
There is a mistaken notion deeply embedded in our national political dialogue that society is naturally divided into public and private sectors. The public sector is thought of as the vehicle for governing society and looking out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely look out for themselves.
Not surprisingly, this view ...Read more
This weekend, the Rasmussens are moving to New York City. While the process of moving is horrendous, the thrill of anticipating a new chapter in our life is exhilarating.
Moving to a new home is an all-American activity. Roughly one out of nine people do it every year. Many stay within the same state, but we'll be among the nearly 5 million ...Read more
Back when I was a pollster, I would explain that following the daily polls was like watching a heavy rainfall on the surface of a river. There's a lot of action and noise and splashing around, but nothing that gives you a real sense of where the river is going. For that, you must look beneath the surface where the current keeps moving steadily...Read more
The America portrayed on the evening news is unrecognizable to most Americans.
Rather than reflecting the realities of a complex and dynamic nation, the national news media seems to treat real events as little more than a Rorschach test for measuring what the political activists think is going on. Then, in solemn tones, the television ...Read more
Uncle OttoWinfred Cook
“The author’s capable plotting and writing make up for much of the confusion, though the realization that the book is fictional might still bring surprise.
Regardless, the novel is an important account of one family’s story. While the events my not all be true in fact, they ...
In the decade leading up to America's War for Independence, much of the drama took place in and around Boston. Sam Adams was the ringleader on the colonial side and public enemy number one to the British. He had been thinking about liberty and independence since he attended Harvard decades before. He was motivated partly because what we would ...Read more
The Democratic Party has, for the moment, become a regional party.
Only 449 counties across the nation are reliably Democratic. Five times that many -- 2,226 -- are reliably Republican. The Democratic counties are generally found along the coasts and in large urban areas.
Nowhere is the party's abandonment of rural America more apparent than ...Read more
In recent years, some people have become convinced that the digital revolution will lead to mass unemployment. The solution, they say, is to provide a Universal Basic Income so that every American receives enough money to live on whether they work or not. The hope of some UBI dreamers is that many people will use this freedom for intellectual ...Read more
In normal political times, a president with a 40 percent Job Approval rating would be a tremendous drag on his party in the midterm elections. But these are not normal times. A look back at what happened on Election Day last November suggests that President Trump's low ratings will not necessarily doom his party in 2018.
To begin with, just 38 ...Read more