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Trump’s Plan To Trim Platform Could Emerge As New Contract With America

By ADELE MALPASS, Special to the Sun
June 1, 2020

President Trump’s plan to distill the Republican platform to its essential principles may be opposed by some conservatives. By no means all of them, though. Count me as one former Republican county chairman and a member of a past platform committe…

‘Mrs. America’ Framed by Two Anniversaries

Suffrage Is Set for Its Double Jubilee as Quest for ERA Turns 50

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
May 28, 2020

This summer will mark two anniversaries in the women’s rights movement. August 18 will mark 100 years since the 19th Amendment, granting women suffrage, was finally ratified by three-quarters of the state legislatures and became part of the suprem…

Before Election, Voters Deserve Full Answers On Obama, Biden

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 26, 2020

The President was perfectly accurate, and for once insusceptible to questions about his good faith, when he expressed surprise at Attorney General Barr’s comment last week that former president Obama and former vice president Biden, “based on t…

Eureka! The Left Discovers Tenth Amendment

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
May 25, 2020

Amid the grim coronavirus news of death and unemployment, at least there is the comic relief of the left embracing the Tenth Amendment. Suddenly trendy is the provision of the Bill of Rights that “The powers not delegated to the United States by th…

America Enters a Jacques Rueff Moment

By JOHN MUELLER, Special to the Sun
May 20, 2020

Producer and consumer prices have fallen sharply, along with employment and consumption. The crude oil price briefly turned negative. But one price is up by more than one-third in the past year: gold. As President Trump charts his course back to…

Democrats Hope Trump Becomes Herbert Hoover

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 19, 2020

As the debate between those who want an unlimited lockdown and those who want to reopen America as quickly as possible becomes more clangorous every day, months of intensive study and sad experience with the coronavirus enable us to determine the best…

Why’s the Market More Optimistic Than the Experts?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
May 18, 2020

What accounts for the apparently dramatic mismatch between the stock market and the economy? Unemployment is the worst it has been since the Great Depression. Goldman Sachs says it could hit 25%. Gross domestic product could fall by 42.8%, according…

Democrats’ Bid To Topple Trump Owes To Post-Reagan Failures

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

As the unprecedented effort of the elders of the Democratic Party to use the Justice Department and intelligence services to manipulate and then undo a presidential election collapses, their response is a study in the corruption of unchallenged…

Amid Plague, Press Takes a Powder On Religious Liberty

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
May 6, 2020

A Worcester, Massachusetts, pastor, Kristopher Casey, will be punished with a $300 civil fine for convening more than 10 people at his Sunday church service. If he does it again, the fine will increase to $500, and he could face criminal charges…

As Lockdown Grows Political, Resistance Stirs in Rural Maine

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

Good will toward government is diminishing in Oxford County, Maine. There has always been healthy skepticism toward centralized authority during the 43 years I’ve been in residence, but it has grown over the last month of coronavirus shutdown. Whe…

American States Are Already Free To Seek Shelter In Bankruptcy Court

By EDWIN SCHINDLER, Special to the Sun
April 29, 2020

Blue State governors are up in arms about the prospects that the corona pandemic and their own mismanagement might force their states into bankruptcy. The political optics of their longstanding fiscal failures could be exposed, as well as their…

Trump Managing To Put Democrats In Political Corner

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
April 28, 2020

The Democrats are taking their stand on the coronavirus crisis in an untenable position. It is like building a defensive redoubt in a valley surrounded by hills in the hands of the enemy (like the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1955, as President Eisenhower warned them). Whether this is tactical stupidity by the president’s enemies or strategic genius by the president or — more likely — a bit of both, is not clear except to insiders.

Why Has Biden Chosen To Tilt Against Milton Friedman?

It Will Be Tough To Beat the Economist’s Ideas

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 27, 2020

Vice President Biden has chosen an opponent for the 2020 general election — and it’s not Donald Trump, but instead, of all people, an economics professor who died in 2006. “Milton Friedman isn’t running the show anymore,” Mr. Biden declared…

Democrats Get Outmaneuvered By Trump’s Cunning

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
April 21, 2020

It is almost unbelievable that the Democrats have allowed themselves to be so completely out-maneuvered by President Trump in the coronavirus and economic crises. They are all calling for an indefinite protraction of the economic hemorrhage, with…

Art of the Bailout Means Conditions On New York Aid

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 20, 2020

Democratic politicians are eying the newly limitless federal budget with the appetite of coronavirus-era shoppers swarming a new shipment of toilet paper. “We’re in need. Where are you?” the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, tweeted…

Tom Friedman Offers Foolish Fantasy For Biden

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
April 15, 2020

Tom Friedman, the amiable but compulsively mistaken columnist of the New York Times, has produced a proposal for Joe Biden to nominate in advance a unity cabinet, composed of an ideological range of people from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Mitt Romney…

Churches Could Play Leading Role In Reopening America

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 15, 2020

In the fight between the governors and President Trump over who has the authority to re-open America, the politicians have it wrong. It’s not the politicians who have the power to re-open America, or at least the parts that are now closed. It…

Let Trump, Cuomo Learn the Lessons Of 1920 Depression

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
April 14, 2020

The question of the hour is whether America can spring back to the kind of robust economy that marked the Trump era before the pandemic struck. One guide to the answer would be the depression that struck between 1920 and 1921. It was one of the most…