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Whatever Happened to Pragmatism?

We complain about a two-party system that's stuck in ideological ditches, but somehow it never occurs to us to embrace pragmatism, the uniquely American philosophy that was created as a reaction to ideological stagnation. Unless Republicans and Democrats getting madder at each other suddenly starts working, maybe it's time to give pragmatism a chance.

January 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


States Should Force Federal Gas Tax Cut

For decades conservatives have advocated scaling back the role of the federal government in transportation, yet the federal gas tax that was supposed to end in 1969 is still hanging around 46 years later. Fortunately, there is a feature of the current law that gives states the the upper hand, and they should seize the opportunity to act.

January 27, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Ted Cruz and Climate Change

If this is the best liberals can do to disparage Ted Cruz, the Texas Senator has a great chance of being our next President.

January 27, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The State of the Bubble Address

I didn't watch the State of the Union address Tuesday night.

January 25, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


How Neocons Hacked the Conservative Movement

It's no secret that the American conservative movement is bereft of ideas.

January 25, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Why We Need a Better Sense of Humor

Boy, does the world need a better sense of humor right about now.

January 23, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Return of Satire

Decades after being dismissed by George S. Kaufman as a genre that "closes on Saturday night," satire, like the measles and mumps, is making a comeback. And in many quarters, remains the most feared of the three conditions.

January 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Is ‘Je suis Charlie’ an Accurate Slogan?

In the wake of the terrorist massacre in Paris, the new battle cry throughout the civilized world is "Je suis Charlie," meaning "I am Charlie." The phrase expresses solidarity for the four cartoonists and 13 others butchered by Islamic terrorists who attacked the satirical newspaper and a kosher market. But, actually, it's clear now that the slogan for this century should be another one: "We are screwed."

January 22, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


It's Always About Hitler

Hitler is in the news again, invoked by some ignorant people.

January 22, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Adios, Rick Perry

A decade ago, Rick Perry famously signed off an interview with the words, "Adios, mofo." Now, signing off as governor, he told the same reporter, "Adios, my friend." He might be on his way out, but he's leaving behind a cast of characters that promises years of entertainment. The price of oil might be tanking, but stupid will always be Texas' most abundant natural resource.

January 21, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


If the Fed Has Nothing to Hide, It Has Nothing to Fear

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous levels thanks to the Fed's policy of monetizing the debt. Yet the Federal Reserve still operates under a congressionally-created shroud of secrecy.

January 21, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Monsieur Obama MIA

Everyone from Jon Stewart to Ted Cruz has mocked President Obama for not flying to France last weekend.

January 20, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


On Handwritten Letters

I received an unexpected postcard in the mail the other day from an old friend. It made my day.

January 20, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


End Oil Protectionism

The politics of the crude exports issue are confused by a lot of irresponsible reporting. Almost every story on the issue asserts that allowing exports would be politically dangerous because it would supposedly raise prices at the pump, but the claim is never credibly sourced. In fact, every single serious study has found precisely the opposite: allowing crude exports would lower prices at the pump.

January 18, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


On Elizabeth Warren, the Bright Shiny Object

Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."

January 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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A Lesson My Daughter Taught Me About Teeth and Magic

This is a story about magic.

April 21, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Feeling the Bull: Bernie's Biggest Con

You'll get no argument from me that Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate - stonewalling the release of those Goldman Sachs chats is merely Exhibit ...

April 20, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Politics Aside, Trump Seems Like a Good Dad

There is no way to avoid sounding like a Donald Trump supporter with this column.

April 20, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Treat Texting Drivers the Same as DUIs

Banning texting while driving is pretty easy for states to do. Creating a policy that actually reduces texting while driving seems especially difficult.

April 19, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Will Durst's 21st Annual Political Animal Awards

A major silver lining in this cruelest month of April is a lull between show business awards galas. The lack of gold plated statuettes being ...

April 19, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Paul Ryan's 20-20 vision

Paul Ryan can see the future.

April 17, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Stuck in Traffic (School)

I didn't laugh when the cop pulled me over for rolling through a stop sign on a quiet residential street, and there was nothing ...

April 17, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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