For Chicagoans who need to go to Texas, there is bad news. You can do it, but anyone flying from Chicago to the Lone Star State will feel extremely unwelcome. Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered a 14-day self-quarantine for such travelers.
The mandate also applies to those arriving by air from California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Atlanta, ...Read more
Fiscal discipline was once a durable American practice. But in the 1940s, it went out the window. The federal government embarked on a sudden, unprecedented binge of borrowing that put the nation in hock up to its ears.
From 1940 to 1945, federal spending rose tenfold. The national debt increased sixfold. The public would have to shoulder the ...Read more
The federal government's effort to combat the new coronavirus carries an economic price that is getting higher every day -- too high, it appears, for President Donald Trump and some of his advisers. They fear a sharp, brutal downturn that could boost unemployment into double-digits, litter the landscape with bankruptcies and doom his reelection ...Read more
The new coronavirus has been one of the worst moments of Donald Trump's presidency. A crisis erupted, and he spent weeks downplaying and dismissing before finally conceding the urgent need for action. If things go badly, he will get a lot of the blame for his tardy, ineffectual response.
But in some ways, the pandemic puts him in the position ...Read more
In normal times, we expect the people who make economic policy to do everything possible to avoid a recession. But with the new coronavirus, that's not an option. The steps needed to cope with the epidemic virtually guarantee a painful contraction. And that's a price we should be willing to pay, because there is no good alternative.
Donald ...Read more
The coronavirus pandemic is hardly the first national crisis that Americans have faced in this century. But it's different from the previous ones, and we are not ready for it.
What sets it apart from the 9/11 attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and the Great Recession is that it will require us to make unwanted sacrifices. Absorbing that stark ...Read more
In a moment of looming crisis, there are two reactions that should be avoided. The first is panic. The second is complacency. Faced with the coronavirus epidemic, the president, many other officials and the general public are avoiding the first mistake by falling into the second.
A look elsewhere shows the folly of relying on hope as a strategy...Read more
Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh certainly have grounds to feel threatened and aggrieved by Sen. Charles Schumer's warning that they "will pay the price" for any "awful decisions" they bring about. It was an irresponsibly worded comment, as Schumer himself later conceded. I can just imagine what anxiety they must have suffered.
But in ...Read more
If you see a fleet of fire trucks go by with sirens blaring, you can take it as good news. All those firefighters and all that equipment are available and ready to do the job they exist for. But it's really the bad news that is more relevant. They wouldn't be racing out if there weren't a big, destructive fire blazing.
The Federal Reserve's ...Read more
The Democratic primary battle between Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg could be easily resolved if they would realize how much they have in common. In fact, they would make a great ticket. Imagine the slogan: "Sanders-Bloomberg: Because you're tired of running your own life."
Being a moderate libertarian -- or a libertarian moderate, I'm ...Read more
In modern America, sex is pretty much a government-free zone. It's been a long time since we treated fornication and adultery as crimes. The Supreme Court struck down state laws banning homosexual acts. Nudity is common on mainstream TV platforms, and pornography is available in every home.
Most Americans, if not all, have made peace with the ...Read more
Irving Kristol, a New York intellectual and youthful communist who became a guru of the American right, once defined a neoconservative as "a liberal who has been mugged by reality." Thanks to Donald Trump, we have a new definition of a criminal justice reformer: a rich person who is shocked to see his felonious friends punished as though they ...Read more
The Houston Astros have gotten a lot of criticism lately, but they may also have a business opportunity. They could work out a marketing promotion with Reese's, maker of those peanut butter cups, whose ad slogan is: "Not sorry."
Oh, they say they're sorry, just as losing Academy Award nominees force themselves to smile and applaud for the ...Read more
Bernie Sanders is a strident ideologue with immovable convictions that defy conventional Democratic thinking and haven't changed in more than half a century. When it comes to foreign policy, however, he may be exactly what we need.
I am no fan of Sanders' domestic policy agenda, which shows an undue faith in the wisdom and competence of the ...Read more
At times during his State of the Union address, Donald Trump seemed to be running for president -- of the NAACP. In 2016, he asked black voters, "What the hell do you have to lose?" This year, his message amounts to, "You never had it so good."
In his State of the Union address, Trump boasted that the black unemployment is the lowest ever. He ...Read more
This year's Iowa caucuses were a pratfall shackled to a debacle and wrapped inside a horror. The failure of organizers to get and report results promptly has provoked demands for change: Scrap the format, change the way results are tabulated, or cancel Iowa's first place on the calendar. But the spectacle was a distraction from the graver defect...Read more
The United States leads the world in many categories that evoke pride and one that should not: We lock people up at a higher rate than any other country. We also have a lot of ex-offenders who have a hard time finding legitimate work. And an ex-offender with no job and no money is a crime waiting to happen.
But a few years back, we came up with...Read more
There was a time when I was unconvinced of the case that greenhouse gases were causing the planet to warm and that action was needed to curb them. I'm not one to jump to conclusions on such an important matter. But over time, I noticed something fishy. The people who began by rejecting the case kept changing their story.
First, they said the ...Read more
For any problem you can think of, Elizabeth Warren has a plan -- usually an expensive one. She promises universal child care, universal pre-K, the elimination of student loan debt, rural broadband, "Medicare for All" and more. She's of the "go big or go home" school.
There was a time when Democrats like Bill Clinton recognized that Washington...Read more
Many women are acquainted with a certain type of boyfriend. He's generous with gifts, meals and compliments. In public, he's the picture of devotion. But when you need him, he's not there. When you have a problem, it's your fault. Eventually, you have to accept: He's just not that into you.
For the U.S. military, Donald Trump is that kind of ...Read more