The Fed’s dreary choices

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   It’s a done deal. Almost everyone, or so it seems, believes the Federal Reserve will cut short-term interest rates next week when its main decision-making body…

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Plant a tree, hug a bee

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   Sometimes big problems can be solved simply. At the moment, our biggest problem — climate change — can be ended by simply planting trees. OK, so…

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Community newspaper column by S.C. Comptroller Richard Eckstrom

 
Richard Eckstrom

By Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller   Most of us probably remember learning things in high school that we rarely if ever use as adults – like how to calculate the…

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Here’s how the internet attacked me

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   I got hacked. It was scary. In this age of cybereverything, we all live in dread that we’re going to be somehow attacked by the internet.…

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The color of her skin

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   Going out on a limb here: Donald Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or…

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Will the global debt bomb explode again?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   Debt is the crux of the matter. If you want to understand what makes the world vulnerable to a global recession or, possibly, something much worse,…

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Watch out for falling rocks

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   Don’t breathe a word, but President Trump is up to something. His insulting, too-dumb-to-fail comments about four freshmen female members of Congress has the civilized world’s…

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Caslen should be fully embraced, not demeaned

 

By Bill Connor AN OPEN LETTER TO THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA: I am a 2005 University of South Carolina School of Law graduate. I was commissioned…

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It’s the economy, stupid. Again.

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   The conventional wisdom holds — with good reason — that the economy may well settle the 2020 election. If it remains strong, President Trump stands a…

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Acosta displayed rare cowardice before justice — and needs to step down

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   It helps to know people in high places, especially if you’re a sex offender and your name is Jeffrey Epstein. Some might say that Epstein, the…

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Is Putin right that liberalism is obsolete?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   It looks as if Vladimir Putin wants to be recalled as something besides being an aggressive autocrat. He yearns, it seems, to be seen as a…

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Democrats tread on sensitive ground

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   The Democratic Party’s stampede to the presidency seems to be veering of late toward a racially charged contest. Between Joe Biden’s admitted friendliness with segregationists four…

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Travels with Daddy

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   “Surreal” was the word Ivanka Trump used to describe North Korea, which she briefly visited this past weekend with dear ol’ dad. It was the first…

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Trump’s endless war on regulation

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   The most obscure part of President Trump’s economic agenda is deregulation. This is not because anyone is deliberately hiding it. The real reason is more mundane:…

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Democratic debates reveal a galaxy of stars

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker    CAMDEN, S.C. — By now, the winners and losers of the first Democratic presidential debate(s) have been thoroughly hashed, roasted and served up overdone. Bottom line:…

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Ambition on display — but what else?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   What struck me about the first debates among 20 candidates for the Democratic nomination for president was how much they resembled a gaggle of graduate students.…

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Can Trump beat the economy?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   We are now passing a significant milestone. The current economic expansion has become the longest in U.S. history. Previously, the record was the decade from March…

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Why millennials may be conservatives at heart

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   Several current trends among millennials do not bode well for Democrats. Indeed, they suggest a greater affinity for (many) Republican policies, notwithstanding a, perhaps, contiguous dislike…

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Tear-up the (economic) textbooks — and start over!

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   Harvard professor N. Gregory Mankiw is one of the most influential economists in the United States. But the 61-year-old’s authority does not stem from advancing an…

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Can I call ya’ SON?

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker    The problem with a lifetime in public service is a lifetime in public service. Enter Joe Biden, whose list of former offices and distinctions exceeds my…

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A refugee from the 1930s

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, is a man from the 1930s. If you didn’t believe that before, you…

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The gift of laughter and a father’s legacy

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker    My father died with a smile on his face. But, of course, he would. A few days earlier, as his wife, my sister and I gathered…

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The fate of Japan — and everyone else

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   If you want a peek at the future, try looking at Japan. It’s a sobering exercise. Here’s how economist Timothy Taylor, managing editor of the Journal…

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Rapists’ rights defy reason

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker    In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a…

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The Democrats’ fairy-tale campaigns

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy’s…

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Terminate abortion, please

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying…

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The little-known number at the root of S.C.’s biggest problem

 

By Richard Eckstrom S.C. Comptroller   Seven and a quarter percent. That’s the official “assumed rate of return” for South Carolina’s retiree pension system. In other words, state officials tell…

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The nastiness of Trump’s Mexico tariffs

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   President Trump’s latest foray into trade policy is notable for its economic recklessness (it could tip Mexico into a recession, followed perhaps by the United States),…

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Swamp things storm the palace

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   If there was “great love all around” during President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom, as he tweeted Monday, the participants royal and decidedly otherwise…

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A living eulogy for Ollie Oops

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   CAMDEN, S.C. — Eulogies, it has always seemed to me, are best delivered while the subject is living and can enjoy hearing the best version of…

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The brave new world of trading blocs

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   We may be on the cusp of an upheaval in global trade. Since World War II, the international trading system has operated on the premise of…

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Don and Kim in 2020

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   As the 2020 election gears up, it seems apparent that Mike Pence’s days as vice president are numbered. Trump’s preference is obvious: Kim Jong Un. The…

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Will China dump dollars?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   At last count, China held slightly more than $1 trillion in U.S. Treasury securities. One fear has been that, should China and the United States engage…

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Why are wage gains so weak?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   After correcting for inflation, wage gains remain sluggish. In April, average weekly earnings for nonsupervisory workers were up 3% from a year earlier, to $785.55. Meanwhile,…

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Crazy in Colorado?

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   Driving along Colorado’s scenic byways, one might be distracted these days by a series of billboards promoting safe abortions or, depending upon one’s route, alternatives to…

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Twilight of the boomers

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released its latest statistics on U.S. births. Boring, you say. Not so. Historic birth patterns tell…

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Bats in the belfry

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   When author Mark Childress penned “Crazy in Alabama,” he wasn’t just whistling Dixie. “I haven’t been quoted this much since Roy Moore,” Childress recently told me,…

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Are we losing the trade war?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   The Trump administration is going about its trade war with China all wrong. Its strategy and tactics are muddled. If Trump were a general watching the…

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Que será, será

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   Growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, there was no avoiding the adorable Doris Day. She was cute as a bug, wholesome, winsome and adored, at…

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Women who run

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   Conventional wisdom in my inner circle of sorcerers and sources has been that the first female president will be a Republican. This is because America is…

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Economists’ ignorance gap

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   The most intriguing and indisputable thing we have learned about economists in recent decades is that they don’t know nearly as much as they thought they knew.…

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Single-payer is no panacea

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   The popular appeal of a single-payer system to solve the nation’s health care problems is no secret. Everyone would have insurance, recognizing — as Sen. Bernie Sanders,…

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The end of everything — or not

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species should rattle the cages of any…

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The $100 ‘trillion’ question

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   We live in an age obsessed with economic inequality. There is too much of it, most people seem to agree. After Donald Trump — his personality, behavior…

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Do we have a deflation problem?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   There are times when it seems we’re worrying about things that aren’t worth worrying about. A good example these days is inflation. Amazingly, the complaint is that…

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Who’s afraid of robots — and why

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   An unsettling specter haunts the world economy: a future of ubiquitous robots that destroy millions of jobs. Sometimes this is called “artificial intelligence”; sometimes it isn’t. Either…

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The empathy factor in 2020

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   In 2008, when Sarah Palin entered the stage to debate her fellow vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, she asked him first thing: “Hey, can I call…

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Not a vote-getter!

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   Just for the record, we ought to note that trustees for Social Security and Medicare recently released their annual reports. The two programs alone constituted 45 percent…

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Porch talk

 
Kathleen Parker

By Kathleen Parker   CAMDEN, S.C. — With the arrival of spring and the advance of summer, American life shifts toward the porch — at least for those lucky enough…

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Can the Fed stay independent?

 
Robert Samuelson

By Robert Samuelson   It’s unclear whether one or both, or neither, of President Trump’s selections for the Federal Reserve Board — Stephen Moore and Herman Cain — will win Senate…

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