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Road Rules for the Corona Era

To restart the economy, think of Covid-19 more like driving a car

By EDWARD LAMPERT, Special to the Sun
April 6, 2020

America has been responding to the Covid-19 pandemic like it’s a hurricane — stay inside until it passes. A more constructive and realistic approach would be to treat it like driving a car — find rules that reduce the risk. Ordinary life durin…

Pre-Election Chorus Of Democrats Aims To Pin Corona on Trump

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
April 3, 2020

The new Democratic pre-electoral chorus is already audibly arising like a Wagnerian finale from the largely hidden choir. President Trump, they intone, bungled this and must be investigated for his incompetence which is costing countless American…

In the Trump Era, The Case for FDR As a Conservative

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 31, 2020

Writing on President’s Day last month, I engaged in the fundamentally disagreeable activity of taking issue with people with whom I always wish to agree and generally do, on the still unsettled subject of Franklin D. Roosevelt. My contention for man…

Desperate Pelosi Vows To Probe Trump Over Corona

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 30, 2020

Even in such a worrisome and dangerous time as the current public-health and economic crisis, there are some entertaining election-year maneuvers. The Trump-hating press has been reduced to desperate weaving back and forth in their search for a…

America Failed On Many Fronts In Corona Crisis

The History Spans Four Presidents

By DAVID SHLAES, Special to the Sun
March 30, 2020

One of the things that is coming into focus in the crisis over the coronavirus is that the United States has failed on so many fronts. There was the lack of U.S.intelligence during the early days of the epidemic in China and the lack of attention to…

Press Bears Blame For Propagating Panic In Corona Crisis

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 25, 2020

The political aspect of the coronavirus crisis is developing in a familiar way. The president’s enemies in the press have led the propagation of panic in the country, and have been given enough encouragement to do that from the scientific community…

Truman’s Famous Buck Is About To Stop Again With the President

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 25, 2020

The near-term future of America’s physical and financial health now depends on weighing public-health and commercial data in a gigantic cost-efficiency study as disease and economic recession compete as the principal public enemy and the main call upon the nation’s human and financial resources. This was a foreseeable stage but is on us more quickly than had been generally expected.

Play Ball: Baseball Is a Reason We Fight for America

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 23, 2020

If it weren’t for the coronavirus outbreak, this week would mark the opening of the Major League Baseball season. Instead the league has indefinitely postponed opening day, deferring to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control an…

Tax Reductions Could Trigger a Vertiginous, Post-Virus Rebound

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 17, 2020

Evaluating the political impact on the election campaign of the coronavirus pandemic is obviously hazardous, but not fruitless or impossible. We can see from the Chinese experience, although that government has lied about every other aspect of the…

The Coronavirus: Reports of Death Of Compassion Seem Exaggerated

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 16, 2020

“Pandemics Kill Compassion, Too,” is the headline over a David Brooks column in the New York Times predicting that the coronavirus is about to “inflame class divisions.” Well, if the New York Times editorial page is going to use the pandemi…

Trump Finds His Footing On Coronavirus, Despite the Democrats

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 13, 2020

After rattling the country with his implausible bravura and rather embarrassing statements at his press conference last week, where he astounded the scientific community with the depth of his epidemiological knowledge, President Trump is now turning…

Send Out the Clowns: Democrats Hope For a Pandemic

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 11, 2020

The hecatomb of unsuccessful Democratic candidates raises questions about the current viability of the Democrats that they will have to address in the next four years. It appears that the powers that be in that party were so fixated on the easy…

Biden Presidency Could Be Bonanza For Trial Lawyers

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 11, 2020

A Biden presidency would be a bonanza for plaintiff’s lawyers. After his strong performance in the South Carolina Democratic primary and on Super Tuesday, Vice President Biden has been consolidating support among a wide range of key Democrati…

What Would FDR Do? The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 10, 2020

The combination of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus and the upheavals in the world oil market has shaken public confidence and created a susceptibility to panic, to which, as usual, investors were the first to succumb.

Look Closely and Bloomberg Ran On Trump’s Platform

Too Late, He Opened a New Lane for Democrats

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 7, 2020

Almost lost in the intense coverage and analysis of the Super Tuesday results, and the remarkable relaunch of Vice President Biden as an ark of moderation for the traditional liberal Democrats, is the subtle initiative taken by Michael Bloomberg in…

Kearsarge: ‘I’d Prefer To Die Here’ (No Rush)

By TOM McLAUGHLIN, Special to the Sun
March 5, 2020

I call it “Kearsarge” and it dominates the view westward through our picture window from my recliner where I’d been spending a lot of time recovering from leg surgery. It wasn’t always called that, however. An old woman who owned a property I man…

A Sickening Press Tries To Blame Trump for Coronavirus

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 3, 2020

The attempt to hang coronavirus around the neck of the President is a movement that has gone from a standing start to neck-snapping speed, as opportunities to discredit Donald Trump in the American press generally do. President Trump was criticized…

Coronavirus Election Puts Democrats In Difficult Spot

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 2, 2020

What will the coronavirus outbreak mean for the presidential race? It could go at least two ways. The best-case scenario for President Trump is that the virus doesn’t spread widely within America. Mr. Trump could then claim credit for stopping it. Th…