• Pride Month Has Become a Time for LGBT Activists to Pursue Political Enemies

    Pride Month Has Become a Time for LGBT Activists to Pursue Political Enemies

    In 2014, high-tech executive and CEO of Mozilla Brendan Eich was forced to resign from the company he helped found and build, because he made a $1,000 contribution to support traditional marriage in the California marriage referendum.

    According to accounts, Eich was subject to vicious attacks through social media for his contribution in the marriage campaign.

    Mozilla chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, observed, “Mozilla believes in both equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.” READ MORE...

  • The Grim Consequences of Not Reforming Social Security

    The Grim Consequences of Not Reforming Social Security

    Each year, the trustees of Social Security and Medicare issue their report delivering the news, invariably dismal, about the financial condition of the nation’s two largest entitlement programs.

    This year, in the report just issued, it’s worse than usual.

    Last year, the trustees forecast that Social Security and Medicare’s hospital insurance would have to start dipping into their trust funds by 2022 and 2023 in order to finance their obligations. They report now that the situation has deteriorated such that both need to start dipping in this year. READ MORE...

  • A First Step for Prison Reform

    A First Step for Prison Reform

    Recently, I attended the White House Prison Reform Summit.

    The fact that both the president and the vice president were at the event indicates the importance that the Trump administration ascribes to this issue.

    And statistics quoted by Vice President Mike Pence explain why our existing prison system should trouble us all.

    According to the vice president, “Every year, while 650,000 people leave America’s prisons, within three years two-thirds of them are arrested again. More than half will be convicted; 40 percent will find themselves back where they started, behind bars. It’s a cycle of criminality. It’s a cycle of failure.” READ MORE...

  • Moving Embassy to Jerusalem Shows the US Is Unique. Just Like Israel.

    Moving Embassy to Jerusalem Shows the US Is Unique. Just Like Israel.

    I was privileged to attend the dedication of the new American Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14—an event of enormous import that will remain with me forever.

    I am deeply grateful to Ambassador David Friedman and his wife, Tammy, for inviting me to this historic event. The United States recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is important not just for the United States and Israel but also for the entire world.

    We might start thinking about this by considering the unique relationship between these two countries. READ MORE...

  • Welfare With No End in Sight Is a Terrible Fate. Let's Help Americans Avoid It.

    Welfare With No End in Sight Is a Terrible Fate. Let’s Help Americans Avoid It.

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is high on the Republican list of programs targeted for reform—and justifiably so.

    The program has gone from 17 million enrollees in 2000 to about 43 million today, with outlays up from about $25 billion to more than $70 billion.

    The Trump administration’s budget submitted last February includes major reforms to the program, designed to save $216 billion over the next decade. Now the House Agriculture Committee has put forth its own reforms as part of the bill reauthorizing the budget of the Department of Agriculture for the next five years. READ MORE...

  • Trump Should Focus on Debt Crisis Rather Than Raising Tariffs

    Trump Should Focus on Debt Crisis Rather Than Raising Tariffs

    Donald Trump achieved the presidency telling the American people he would “Make America Great Again.”

    Given that during eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency there was not a single year in which national satisfaction, as measured by Gallup, averaged above 30 percent, tapping into Americans’ general dissatisfaction with the state of the nation was good campaign strategy.

    This February, national satisfaction reached the highest its been under Trump, 36 percent. However, in March it plunged back down to 28 percent. And this big drop was fueled by a big drop among Republicans. National satisfaction among Republicans dropped from 67 percent in February to 52 percent in March. READ MORE...

  • Pennsylvania’s Special Election Is a Wake-Up Call

    Pennsylvania’s Special Election Is a Wake-Up Call

    I’m perplexed why many in Republican circles are rationalizing and dismissing the gravity of the Democratic victory in the recent special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th District.

    My sentiments are more with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is cautioning Republicans to view this as a wake-up call to a possible disaster in the fall elections in which the Congress could flip to Democrat control.

    Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District is a poster child of Trump voters. As widely noted, President Donald Trump won this district by 20 points in 2016. READ MORE...

  • The Crisis of Our Young Men

    The Crisis of Our Young Men

    Writing last week about the opioid crisis, I suggested that, as we consider policy options for dealing with the problem, we consider that at least some part of it may reflect a spiritual, moral crisis in the country.

    I noted that casualties from opioids show that they are disproportionately men, disproportionately divorced or never married, and disproportionately individuals with no more than a high school education.

    We can look beyond the opioid crisis and see a broad, disturbing picture pointing to a social and spiritual crisis among our young men. READ MORE...