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A Magical Deal: Hike Estate Levy, End Cap Gains Tax

By JOHN W. CHILDS, Special to the Sun
April 5, 2021

So here’s the deal. The Democrats want to raise the estate tax. Republicans want to escape the annoying and counterproductive capital gains tax. How about we compromise on the following — Congress reduces the capital gains tax to zero but doubles the…

Biden’s Big Bill Full of Nonsense Signifying Trouble

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
April 1, 2021

President Biden’s infrastructure bill is a shopping cart full of left-wing causes, most of which have nothing to do with infrastructure. There is nothing in principle particularly wrong with omnibus bills covering a number of different policy…

Now They Tell Us: Biden Readies Radical Tax Hikes

Times Reckons Coming Raid On Taxpayers Is Largest Since 1942

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 29, 2021

“The largest federal tax increase since 1942,” is how the New York Times, in a front-page news article, is describing President Biden’s plan for the American economy. The Times fails to specify precisely how it is measuring the size of the tax…

Honeymooner: Biden’s Bonhomie Unlikely To Last

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 26, 2021

President Joe Biden’s first news conference was the high point of his administration to date; he was fluent, good-humored, well-informed, and only slightly bobbled one or two questions and not in a way that surpassed the confusion deliberately created…

After Sixty Days Biden Is Drifting Into Surrealism

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 27, 2021

After 60 days of the new administration, American government has descended into surrealism. The secretary of homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, blandly assured the Sunday television news programs that “the border is closed,” and that unauthorized…

DeSantis Using Socialist Lingo To Attack Press

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 22, 2021

The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, in a piece for the Wall Street Journal about lessons learned from the pandemic year, writes, “Lockdowns proved a huge boon to America’s corporate media, which primed its captive audience with fear and…

What Fate Awaits Biden’s One-Year Child Tax Credit?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 15, 2021

No sooner had the ink dried on the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Biden than calls began to make permanent the expanded child tax credit that the law provides as a one-year emergency measure for 2021. “Democratic leaders are…

Ready, Get Set for Biden Baby Boom, Begat by Congress

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 10, 2021

Get ready for the Biden baby boom. The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan headed for passage in Congress includes an increase in the child tax credit, to $3,600 a year for children under six from the current $2,000. It would also make the credit fully…

U.S. Democracy Could Be in Peril By Pelosi’s HR1

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
March 9, 2021

With any reservations about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election being willfully suppressed by most of the national political press and social media, and the Democrats as the governing party in the White House, and the Capitol torquing up…

Are We Really In A New ‘Post-Trump’ Era?

Don't Bet the Farm

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 26, 2021

These are only the opening days of what is supposedly the post-Trump era, and whether the country has really seen the last politically of Donald Trump is a matter that depends upon Donald Trump. The principal Trump-hate outlets are still pleased to…

Awful Incivility Erupts on Left At Limbaugh’s Death

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 25, 2021

The reaction of the Left last week to the death of Rush Limbaugh was a shocking demonstration of the incivility of current American political discourse. Everyone remotely familiar with the American political scene is aware of what a powerhouse and…

Whatever Can Be Said About Biden, He’s No FDR

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 23, 2021

Given my consistent but never uncritical support of President Trump and his administration and my frequent expressions of skepticism about Joe Biden over many years, it has seemed appropriate to ease gently into coverage of the new administration and…

Justice Thomas, In a Fiery Dissent, Marks Need for Election Reform

By ADELE MALPASS, Special to the Sun
February 22, 2021

The refusal of the Supreme Court to take up a challenge to Pennsylvania’s last minute changes to its ballot deadlines in the 2020 election was done without explanation by the majority. All the more clear is the case for reforming our national law on…

With Reparations, Would Obama Get A Check — Or Write One? 

A Startling Question Is Put To Congress

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
February 22, 2021

Moments after I filed my column last week on a conservative case for reparations to descendants of slavery in America, the White House spokeswoman reiterated President Biden’s support for a study of the idea. That same day, the House Subcommittee on…

Biden Might Yet Eye Reparations For U.S. Slavery

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
February 17, 2021

President Biden issued both a statement and a proclamation to mark February as Black History Month. Neither text made reference to reparations for slavery, though Mr. Biden, during the presidential campaign, backed the idea of a federal commission to…

The Edict of Warren

By JOHN W. CHILDS, Special to the Sun
February 15, 2021

The first thing to be said about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan for a wealth tax — she’s promising to release the particulars soon — is that it attacks one of the pillars of American greatness. It is hard to imagine anything more un-American than an…

Heads Up, Biden: FDR Saw the Folly Of Appeasement

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 11, 2021

Impeachment will likely prove the most disastrous political initiative since Richard Nixon involved himself directly in the Watergate defense strategy. Joe Biden had a perfect opportunity to be a president of unity and bipartisanship by watering down…

Biden Transition Shaping Up as a Wan Honeymoon

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 9, 2021

So far, after nearly three weeks of the Biden Administration, the only aspect of the Biden campaign promises that has been fulfilled is the promise of a quieter and more normal America. This president rarely speaks to the press, does not travel around…