Columns

Column: Are Vermont Taxpayers Being Asked to Pay for Too Much?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Vermont House and Senate Appropriations committees are struggling valiantly to report a balanced general fund budget for fiscal year 2016. The presently estimated shortfall is about $130 million, 8 percent of the proposed general fund budget. This is a result of the chronic tendency of legislatures to find ever more things to spend money on, and state revenues currently coming in well under the projections of funds available. Raise …

Column: Can Jeb Bush Lose Battles and Win the War?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It happened just as Jeb Bush was about to explain why he thinks conservatives need to stop being perceived as “anti-everything”: Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference let it be known that, as part of their anti-everythingness, they are also anti-Bush. A man wearing a tricorn hat and carrying a large “Don’t …

Column: Lobbyists Pray for a Clinton Restoration

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

As the wider world awaits Hillary Clinton’s confirmation of her 2016 intentions, Democratic lobbyists in Washington are fixated on a far narrower concern: Will Clinton let them back into the money game? For six years, the party’s “advocacy class” has been shut out of the highest level of political fundraising due to President Barack Obama’s ban on lobbyist and corporate PAC donations to …

Column: Scott Walker: No Degree and Proud of It

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Washington In terms of his fitness for the presidency, the fact that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fell short of graduating from college is interesting but ultimately immaterial. What is relevant — and concerning — is how Walker talks …

Column: Why Wal-Mart Will Pay Its Workers More

Saturday, February 21, 2015

By April, Wal-Mart workers will no longer be making minimum wage. The retail colossus, which has seen sales struggle a bit recently, finally had a sunnier quarter. And apparently it’s so giddy that it is announcing a major wage increase for many of its retail workers: a minimum …

Column: Forget It, Liberals — Warren Isn’t Running

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sorry to break the bad news to all you dreamy-eyed liberals, but it’s time to stop wishin’ and hopin’: Elizabeth Warren isn’t running for president. Really and truly. Progressive Democrats have bombarded her office with postcards, signed online …

Column: STEM Majors Need Liberal Arts, Too

Friday, February 20, 2015

Memphis In business and at every level of government, we hear how important it is to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math, as our nation’s competitiveness depends on it. The Obama administration has set a goal of increasing STEM graduates by one million by …

Column: Some Governors Seek to Chop Taxes as the Potholes Deepen

Friday, February 20, 2015

Seattle The governor of Washington wants to raise the state tax on a gallon of gasoline by at least 11 cents. A continent away, the governor of Maryland wants to block a scheduled increase in the state tax on gas. We’ve got ourselves more battles between the Democrats …

Column: It Takes Four Critical Steps for Tax Reform

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In 1986 Congress passed, and the president signed, the most sweeping tax reform bill in the history of the tax code. Could it be done today? To answer that question, remember the history. In December 1985, the House passed a tax reform bill that President Ronald Reagan said …

Column: How Low Can It Go? Get Ready for $10 Oil

Thursday, February 19, 2015

At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20. Here’s why. U.S. economic growth …

Column: Hillary Clinton Turns to Old Boys Network for This Campaign

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Washington The 2016 campaign has acquired an unexpected storyline in its early stages: All Madam President’s Men. As Hillary Clinton begins to staff her nascent presidential campaign, a paradox has emerged. When she ran in 2008, she played down her potential to make history as the first woman …

Column: Which Iraq War Story Was Most Damaging?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In all the coverage of television anchorman Brian Williams and his woes, I have yet to read an article tracing the problem back to its roots: the national mythologizing of the 2003 Iraq invasion and the failure of …

Willem Lange: A Cold Winter? Maritime Adventurers Took It Much Further

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Montpelier On June 18, 1884, three Inuit from Julianehaab (now Qaqortoq), a small settlement on Greenland’s southwest coast, spotted something unusual on a slab of floe ice where they were seal hunting. They went closer and found twisted planks of wood, and among them various papers, articles of …