Heated debates arise over census, Second Amendment

Americans love their Constitution, but most of us probably don’t fully understand it. That became evident this week in major news stories. They both show that we may miss two important facts. First, most of the Constitution applies to all people within the borders of the United States, even if they are not citizens. Second, […]

Internet, social media become weapons of war

America is at war. You may not have noticed it, because the battlefields are almost invisible. But the signs are evident, and millions have been recruited to serve in that war. The Internet was essentially an American invention. In a fit of idealism, the federal government decided it should be like the airwaves, open to […]

Trump’s trade policy isolates U.S., boosts prices

Imagine you are the commanding general of your nation’s armed forces and head the national government. You decide that another country is getting “cute” and is harming your country. The only way to take on that country is to declare world war, even though your closest allies will be hit far harder than your intended […]

Gun debate: individual right versus community safety

The mass shooting in Florida and the inevitable pro-gun and gun control reactions are about much more than firearms and their use. The issue is really about the nature of our society and government. The NRA makes sure we don’t forget that. After every shooting, it opposes gun control advocates by saying that what they […]

Wealthy in real estate, he became president

Most of the assets of the man reputed to be the wealthiest American president were in real estate, like those of one of his successors. Unlike that successor, he was moderate in speech and open to all views before deciding. He set a model for his country. On Monday, we celebrate George Washington’s official birthday. […]

Economy up, stocks volatile – who gets credit, blame?

The American economy remains in one of its longest recoveries in history. Does President Trump deserve the credit? The memory of the 2007 financial meltdown fades. Unemployment is down. Incomes are beginning to increase. Consumer spending, the driver of the economy, is picking up. The recovery, begun years ago, remained strong during Trump’s first year […]

Politicians use jargon to disguise the truth

“If you can’t convince them, confuse them.” President Truman supposedly said that. It still seems to apply to the way the federal government communicates with us voters. To clarify a bit, here are some things politicians say and what they mean. Congress adopts a “continuing resolution” when it cannot agree on a budget. A continuing […]

Congress fails, allows presidential rule

Suppose you ran a business and, when checking your employees’ job performance, found they only got an average 20 percent score. You might decide that, with more employee effort or some new workers, your business would run more successfully. You would probably consider firing at least some of them. Well, you are the boss, and […]