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Can we fix the schools? (Maybe not.)

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   You can count on one familiar refrain in the 2020 presidential campaign: Fix the schools. Faith in education is one of the nation’s bedrock values. Better schools would (we think) narrow economic inequalities and help people reach their personal potential. Promises to revitalize schools are inevitable. There’s a magical quality to these…

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Vets’ charities are a good way to say ‘thanks.’ But be cautious

 

By Richard Eckstrom, S.C. Comptroller At first glance, they appear to be the noblest of causes. Their brochures feature images that tug at the heartstrings – perhaps a uniformed man in a wheelchair, or a tearful widow accepting a folded U.S. flag. They use patriotic-sounding names like “Honor America’s Veterans” or “Salute our Soldiers.” But…

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Has the market gone mad?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   If you think you understand what’s going on with the global economy, you’re probably not paying attention. On the one hand, the stock market is powering ahead. Since its recent low on Dec. 24, it was up 22.4 percent, according to the Wilshire 5000 total market index, which measures the value of…

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Kiss me, kiss me not

 

By Kathleen Parker   CAMDEN, S.C. – At a recent brunch here preceding the Carolina Cup steeplechase race, the host gave me a gift of hometown recognition and, though we are friends, extended his right hand as I approached him. As the gathering looked on, I ignored his hand and gave him a warm hug,…

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Can I call ya Jo(k)e?

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   It may be a truism-in-the-making that one’s political career is over when, as a candidate, you must first apologize for your sex and race, which can mean only one thing: Young or old, you’re a white guy. Heaven forbid you should also be long of tooth and taupe of hair. The…

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Why Moore is less

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   The real reason that Stephen Moore does not belong on the Federal Reserve Board is not that he is unqualified for the job, though he is. Nor is it that he has been a highly partisan and divisive figure for many years, though he has been. The real reason is that, if…

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Has the next bubble arrived?

 

By Robert Samuelson   There are still some economists who fear another crash. The latest is Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute, a liberal think tank in Washington. In a new article, he warns that the economy may be on the edge of a giant “wealth bubble” that will collapse with possibly-dire consequences. Steuerle is especially…

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Requiem for an investigation

 

By Kathleen Parker   Cathartic, it was not. The relentlessly plodding Mueller report finally ended after a 22-month whodunit that climaxed to the sound of pffft. There is no evidence of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, special counsel Robert Mueller concluded. But, just in case Democrats needed a crumb to sustain them…

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Has America gone socialist?

 

By Robert Samuelson   We Americans are all socialists now. That’s news. Since at least 1906, scholars have contended just the opposite. What happened in 1906 was that Werner Sombart, a now-obscure German sociologist, published a book titled “Why Is There No Socialism in the United States?” Unlike Europe, America was hostile to socialism, Sombart argued.…

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Too rich to run in 2020

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   Donald Trump has given success a bad name. That is, the president’s much-boasted-about wealth has soured many Americans’ taste for even the Horatio Alger bootstrapping stories. These days, as income inequality has become a leitmotif of Democratic politics, being rich is a liability. So, who’s too rich for democracy these days?…

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