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Hewitt: The self-destructive disdain of the left

Despite his biggest mistakes – the media are not the “enemy of the people” and should not be labelled thus; his indifference to staffing the government is sometimes maddening and a few of his appointees were simply not qualified – Trump has generally kept the promises he made during the campaign.

Will: Klobuchar could be 2020 contender for Democrats

Klobuchar, who will be 59 in May, is the daughter of a newspaper columnist. Surmounting this handicap, she went to Yale, then to the University of Chicago Law School, then to a law firm.

Will: Missouri’s Hawley is an actual conservative

Hawley can be part of the GOP’s intelligent future, if it chooses to have one.

Morici: Trump gets tough with immigrants on welfare

America needs more skilled immigrants to grow rapidly and compete internationally.

Will: In Texas, a template for victory in 2020

A Fletcher victory might be an early tremor of a political earthquake.

Will: Mississippi election tells an American story

The odds are somewhat, but only somewhat, against Espy, so the possibility of victory is not an illusion.

Will: Questions for Kavanaugh

The 1978 Bakke case involving racial preferences in admissions said that race can be a “plus” factor for certain government-preferred minorities. Are there constitutional principles controlling decisions about which groups are to be preferred and about tailoring preferences?

Abernathy: America cannot stop watching

Trump appeals to Americans who were never invited onto the red carpet, a snub that was due in part to their lack of formal training in political theater.

Morici: The label that scares most Americans

In the European Union, Brussels experts impose regulations and make antitrust, civil rights and international trade policies with little or only distant political accountability.

Thiessen: Where is the outrage about Clinton’s links to Russia?

The Russians are not stupid. They were preparing for the prospect of a Clinton presidency, and they played both sides.

Thiessen: The hypocrisy of the Democratic Russia hawks

For decades, while the Soviet Union sowed tyranny across the globe, sent millions to rot in the Gulag, and threatened America with nuclear annihilation, Democrats were for detente and peaceful coexistence.

Will: Will New Jersey send a Republican to the Senate?

The Republicans’ most recent presidential victory in New Jersey was in 1988. In the subsequent seven elections, the Democratic presidential candidates’ average margin of victory was almost 13 points. This state last elected a Republican senator (Clifford Case) in 1972. This 46-year drought might end in November.

Thiessen: Democrats should hope for GOP unity on Kavanaugh

It is shocking that one of its own leaders just gave the left-wing base license to demand that these senators vote in such a way that will virtually guarantee the loss of their seats. Don’t expect these senators to forget it if they are still in office for the next leadership election.

Restoring workers’ First Amendment freedoms

There is no sugarcoating today’s reality. Public sector unions are conveyor belts that move a portion of government employees’ salaries – some of the amount paid in union dues – into political campaigns, almost always Democrats’, to elect the people with whom the unions “negotiate” for taxpayers’ money.

But her emails? You are dang right her emails

We still do not know the full extent of the damage Clinton caused, because the inspector general reports that the FBI intentionally chose not to follow every potential lead of compromised classified information.

Morici: Paying off the mortgage, but not too quickly

If hard times hit, you are out of a job and over-extended, credit card balances can be more easily renegotiated than mortgage debt. Student loans, unlike most other debt, are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Morici: Trump economy is doing fine

Nonpartisan research predating the Trump candidacy indicates the 15 percent cut in taxes on business profits enabled by corporate reforms should increase investment between 7.5 percent and 15 percent.

Rahn: Watergate redux

The current election scandal is motivated by many of the same impulses that drove the Watergate lawbreakers.

Will: Prohibition has been lifted at last on sports wagering

Illegal sports betting was estimated to involve only $25 billion annually when PASPA was passed. Its subsequent burgeoning is redundant evidence that restraining a popular appetite with a statute is akin to lassoing a locomotive with a cobweb, which should chasten busybody governments.

Thiessen: Where’s the outrage over Kerry’s secret meetings?

Kerry has no one to blame but himself for Trump’s decision to withdraw. And he certainly has no business colluding with America’s enemies against America’s president.

Will: After nixing the Iran nuclear deal, is containment our only option?

It is a law of arms control: Significant agreements are impossible until they are unimportant, which means until they are not significant.

Rahn: Abolishing campaign contribution limits

Any determined person can legally get around the campaign finance restrictions with the aid of a smart lawyer.

Will: Gowdy is closing the circle of South Carolina’s history

As a member of three key committees (Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, and Intelligence), Gowdy has been at the – sometimes he has been the – epicenter of controversies.

End of Cuba’s Castro era is an opportunity for Trump

The Castro family will probably continue to play a big role behind the scenes. But the packaging matters, because it provides the cover for Trump to change course.

Morici: The optimists may be right

Economists mostly sort into two camps – those who believe the post-World War II period was exceptional and those at the White House and a few others (count me in) who believe the best is yet to come.

Will: South Dakota asks Supreme Court to circumvent Congress, and the market

South Dakota’s impertinent law reflects this fact: Governments often are reflexively reactionary when new technologies discomfort established interests with which the political class has comfortable relations of mutual support.

Rahn: Protecting capital gains from inflation

A capital gains tax, in effect, raises the risk and price of the investment, resulting in lower investment and slower growth and job creation.

Will: What interest is served by disenfranchising felons?

What compelling government interest is served by felon disenfranchisement? Enhanced public safety? How? Is it to fine-tune the quality of the electorate?

Eliminate unilateralism in trade

Taking into account their positions as economic powers, both countries have to do their utmost to avert a game of tit for tat.

Will: Making government less larcenous

Law enforcement agencies get to keep the profits from forfeited property, which gives them an incentive to do what too many of them do – abuse the process.

Morici: Donald Trump’s long game with China

Beijing and local governments, with the collaboration of its technology giants, are funneling hundreds of billions of dollars into startups and big company projects that enjoy notably more freedom than Western companies.

Will: Bolton’s beliefs are a recipe for diplomatic delusions

Bolton’s belief in the U.S. power to make the world behave and eat its broccoli reflects what has been called “narcissistic policy disorder” – the belief that whatever happens in the world happens because of something the United States did or did not do.

Morici: Tariffs are Trump’s first test of China and the WTO

China has targeted one U.S. industry after another – metals, solar panels, computer chips, artificial intelligence and supercomputers – many having significant economic and national security consequences.

Morici: Why America’s youth are losing faith with democracy

More alarming than the Middle Kingdom’s breakneck growth, challenges to Western leadership in electric cars, artificial intelligence and other emerging industries, our youth is losing confidence in the American way.

Will: A war without an objective, 6,000 days in

It is conceivable, and conceivably desirable, that U.S. forces will be in Afghanistan, lending intelligence, logistical and even lethal support to that nation’s military and security forces for another 1,000, perhaps 6,000, days.

Will: Keystone State race could set template for Democrats

If Lamb wins, Democrats will have found a template for many districts in 2018: candidates who seem ideologically unlike the national party and temperamentally unlike the president.

Morici: The next fiscal crisis

Uncle Sam’s incessant borrowing – just like irresponsible home mortgages in the 2000s – could again send financial institutions barreling over a cliff.

Rahn: With his tariff proposals, Trump misses the trade basics

Why does Virginia import oranges from Florida rather than grow its own? Why does the U.S. import almost all of its coffee and cocoa beans from countries in tropical climates rather than grow its own? Why does the U.S. import most of its primary aluminum rather than produce its own?

Will: Don’t tread on this US voter’s T-shirt

Today more than ever, with freedom of expression increasingly threatened, an American’s default position regarding restrictions should be: Don’t tread on me.

Thiessen: The GOP tax reform used to be extremely unpopular. Not anymore.

Many voters are going to be pleasantly surprised when they discover their taxes are being reduced thanks to President Trump and Republican lawmakers.

The FBI’s scandalous attempt to block the Nunes memo

The only way to restore that trust is full transparency.

Will: Frederick Douglass, a champion of American individualism

Douglass opposed radical Republicans’ proposals to confiscate plantations and distribute the land to former slaves. Sandefur surmises that “Douglass was too well versed in the history and theory of freedom not to know” the importance of property rights.

Will: Protectionism ensures no bad deed goes unrewarded

Fomenting spurious anxieties about national security is the first refuge of rent-seeking scoundrels who tart up their protectionism as patriotism when they inveigle government into lining their pockets with money extracted from their fellow citizens.

Morici: When politicians abuse inequality

Overall, the Trump administration and Republican Congress – much like President Bush and his Republican Congress before them – are hardly addressing the genuine concerns of the great mass of voters who put them in power. Yet, the clients and executive class of the liberal state see the GOP as an existential threat to their systems of privileges and persecution so carefully erected during the Clinton and Obama years.

Will: A new paean to progressivism overlooks why Americans lost trust in government

Has no liberal noticed that no government is ever neutral in society’s allocation of wealth and opportunity?

Rahn: Immigration and ‘rathole’ countries

Without some reasonable controls on the nation’s borders, the US will always be overrun with more people than can be easily absorbed.

Will: In Oregon, progressivism spills over at the pump

Still, 2018 will be the year of living dangerously in the state that was settled by people who trekked there on the Oregon Trail, through the territory of Native Americans hostile to Manifest Destiny.

Morici: Infrastructure gives Trump an opportunity to shine

If the president is the dealmaker he offers himself to be, infrastructure offers his time to shine.

Will: US needs balanced-budget amendment more than ever

No one knows at what percentage the debt’s deleterious effect on economic growth becomes severe; no sensible person doubts that there is such a point.

Will: How long will US Congress remain a bystander regarding war?

There is no reason to think that North Korea’s regime will relinquish weapons it deems essential to its single priority: survival.

On tax reform, US Republicans are ‘defining victory down’

They should have made the case for large reforms that annoy democratically – almost everyone, simultaneously – but for a large purpose.

EDITORIAL – ‘Political advocacy’: Cayman takes its case to Washington

Cayman Islands officials acted wisely when they hired Baker Botts law firm partner Jeff Munk to represent our country’s interests in Washington, D.C.

A key issue in the US tax debate

Even good-faith policy prescriptions suffer from the same flaw, which is that productivity remains one of the least understood and, indeed, least precisely measured concepts in all of economics.

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Will: Trump draws a red line on North Korea

North Korea, which has been run opaquely for the Kim family’s benefit since 1953, is approaching a red line.

Decoding the Donald

Cozying up to Russia, questioning the “one-China policy,” disputing CIA intelligence and naming several generals and billionaires to his Cabinet, Donald Trump has set aghast many foreign policy analysts, economists, security experts and mainstream journalists who are accustomed to orderly thinking and a pretense of what they view as principled decision-making from Washington’s political leaders.

A free ride

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Bloomberg: Comey was right

In July, Republican James Comey was the toast of the Democratic Party. Now, many of Hillary Clinton’s supporters argue, as Republicans did over the summer, that Comey has terrible judgment and is playing politics.

Knock-knock

Rahn: When voters have regret

Four years from now, will you regret having voted for the person you chose this year for president? In decision theory, there is a concept called “regret,” which is the emotion experienced when realizing that an alternative course of action would have likely resulted in a more favorable outcome.

Morici: Obamacare, our national nightmare

Even before the Affordable Care Act, federal and state governments were paying nearly half of the nation’s healthcare bills.

Rahn: An election-related reality check

Back in 1978, when a big cut in the capital gains tax rate was being debated, CBO projected huge revenue losses. The tax cut actually resulted in big revenue gains, because it was a discretionary tax, and unlocked much frozen capital and changed the incentive structure.

Post: Profits for the Castro regime

If you think the president’s policy will “empower” the fledgling Cuban private sector, as opposed to the overbearing state, think again.
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Hunt: The US election enters the homestretch

If on Oct. 20 the focus of the race is on Trump, he’s a goner; the same is probably true of Clinton.

Will: A ‘slush fund’ by any other name

As a congressman allied with Grover Cleveland once said to a fellow legislator who considered one of his initiatives unconstitutional, “What’s the Constitution between friends?”

Krauthammer: The bribery standard

The foundation is a massive family enterprise disguised as a charity, an opaque and elaborate mechanism for sucking money from the rich and the tyrannous to be channeled to Clinton Inc.

Rogers: The Clinton Foundation will not accept foreign money. Until it does.

You read it here first, folks. There will be about 10 minutes of outrage, and then everyone will shrug and move on.

Rahn: Growth lessons

Which presidential candidate’s policies are likely to cause higher growth?

EDITORIAL: Judges wear wigs — not halos

Judges are only human, just like the rest of us. Some are great; many are good; and some have considerable room for improvement.

EDITORIAL – HSBC and Hillary: When the scales of justice are uneven

In any single place, there should be only one set of laws — applied to everyone, fairly and equally.

Krauthammer: Comey – A theory

In my view, FBI director James Comey didn’t want to be remembered as the man who irreversibly altered the course of American political history.

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