How Old Is Joe Biden?

August 19, 2019 at 9:21 pm

Biden's blunders, and the way they raise questions about his age, are the topic of my column this week. Please check the full column out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).

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Warren 2015 Offers Clues About Warren 2020

August 14, 2019 at 5:38 am

Senator Elizabeth Warren and her presidential campaign are the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here). The column was also mentioned in the Washington Times.

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Reagan's 'Racism'

August 6, 2019 at 6:05 am

What the Atlantic calls "Reagan's racism" is the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New Boston Post (here) and the New York Sun (here).

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Democrats Run Against Vultures, Vampires

July 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, and their campaigning against "vultures" and "vampires," as they call the financial industry, are the topics of my column this week. Please read the whole column at the New York Sun (here), Newsmax (here), the New Boston Post (here) and Reason (here).

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Holman Jenkins on the Press and Trump

July 23, 2019 at 9:07 pm

Holman Jenkins writes in the Wall Street Journal:

some humility is also in order from a press that has displayed a more than usual amount of gullibility, conformism and poor judgment on just about every matter that has come before them in the past few years. If the media's not-so-secret agenda is to defeat Mr. Trump, they might consider the possibility that they are (again) going about it in exactly the wrong way.

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Robert Morgenthau

July 23, 2019 at 6:19 am

The longtime district attorney of New York County, Robert Morgenthau, who died Sunday at age 99, is the subject of my column this week. Please check out the full column at Newsmax here and at the New York Sun here.

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What The Democrats Don't Get About Big Tech

July 21, 2019 at 7:04 am

A recent visit to an Apple store was the topic of my column last week. Please check the column out in full at Newsmax (here) and Reason (here).

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Warren 'Vultures' Line Echoes Marx, Lenin

July 18, 2019 at 9:35 pm

One of my favorite pieces in the history of this site is a review I wrote in 2010 of Jerry Muller's book Capitalism and the Jews. I was reminded of it this week by one of my own senators, Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat who is running for president. Warren put out an announcement this week promising to "End Wall Street's Stranglehold on Our Economy," using terms like "vampire," "sucking" and "bleeding" to describe what the financial sector is doing to the rest of America.

From my review:

The book by Mr. Muller, a professor of history at Catholic University, consists of a short introduction and four chapters. It's the first chapter, "The Long Shadow of Usury," that's the most enlightening.

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An Education Law's Rotten Roots

July 17, 2019 at 6:05 am

The Daily News has published an op-ed I wrote about government regulation of private schools in New York. "The law at the center of the fight over the Jewish schools has its origins in a Protestant campaign against Catholic education." Please check it out here.

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Higher Education Millionaire Joe Biden

July 11, 2019 at 7:31 am

In 2018, Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden earned $1,689,651 from U.S. colleges and universities. I write at Education Next: "Maybe if these colleges weren't paying $1,689,651 to the Bidens, they could lower tuition, or would require less taxpayer support, or students wouldn't have to go so deeply into debt to graduate." Please check out the entire column.

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Schumer 2020

July 11, 2019 at 7:27 am

If the Democratic presidential field limps along in its current state, Senator Schumer of New York may want to take a serious look at getting in, I write in my column this week. Please check out the full column at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).

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New York Times Editorial Cheers for Deregulation

July 9, 2019 at 7:47 am

Yes, you read that correctly. From a staff editorial in Monday's New York Times embracing a supply-side approach to housing affordability:

More market-rate development is a worthy goal in its own right, because middle-income households increasingly are unable to afford housing in the metropolitan areas where economic opportunity is concentrated. Expanding the supply of housing also helps low-income families who might otherwise find themselves priced out of their apartments.

This embrace of deregulation merits particular praise because the states most resistant to allowing housing construction are the strongholds of the Democratic Party, in the Northeast and along the Pacific Coast, and the most resistant voters are the wealthy residents of those states who provide so much of the funding for Democratic presidential campaigns.

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Did Title IX Win The World Cup?

July 9, 2019 at 7:30 am

The U.S. soccer victory has triggered some commentary crediting Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for contributing to the win. "In some ways, it reeks of sexism — it gives the credit for the victory to President Nixon, who signed the Education Amendments into law, rather than to the ones who really deserve the glory, our world champion woman soccer players," I write at Education Next. Please check out the full column.

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New Yorker Dave Wasserman Interview

July 4, 2019 at 10:31 pm

The New Yorker has an interview with the Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman about how the 2020 presidential race is shaping up:

The pitfalls in a potential Harris or Warren nomination are several. But the first one that comes to mind is the reinforcement of an image that the Democratic Party is dominated by coastal élitists, and, despite Warren's Oklahoma roots and populist message, her career as an Ivy League academic is a liability, or would be a serious liability in a general-election campaign. In Harris's case, Republicans would love to run against San Francisco...

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How Regulation Killed the Station Wagon and Created the Minivan

July 4, 2019 at 10:18 pm

From a New York Times account of the career of auto executive Lee Iacocca — different from the Times obituary of him — comes this account of the role that government regulations played in changing the family car to a minivan from a station wagon:

Stringent fuel economy regulations imposed on cars in the 1970s had made it practically impossible for automakers to keep selling big station wagons. Yet many Americans still wanted roomy vehicles.

The answer, Mr. Sperlich and Mr. Iacocca realized, was to make family vehicles that were regulated as light trucks, a category of vehicles that includes pickups. The government had placed far more lenient fuel economy rules on light trucks, as well as more lenient safety and air pollution standards.

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