Worldwide debt levels, including public, business and household debt, have reached record levels, not only in absolute terms but also as a percentage of global GDP (well over 300 percent), which is worrisome.
Medicare for All poses a very big question: Is the promise of universal health insurance under a new government health program worth the deliberate destruction of all other public, private and employer-based coverage?
"If America doesn't learn from history," Cal Thomas writes, "our own and the world's -- we are likely to suffer the fate of other great nations, rotting from within before either being conquered from without by an invading army or collapsing under the weight of self-indulgence, decadence, debt, a sense of entitlement, greed and envy.
A new survey of people around the world finds that capitalism is being seen as doing "more harm than good." But if truth be told, it's capitalism and only capitalism that takes into account the wickedness of human hearts -- the natural failings of humans -- and works within that reality to lift individuals and whole nations from poverty.
The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The other picture was of President Trump signing phase one of a new trade deal with China.
In the 10 years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in Citizens United v. FEC, history has proven the ruling's chief critics completely wrong about its impact on American democracy.
Hugh Hewitt, a conservative radio host and writer, roiled the media cycles just recently when he said he was going to vote in the Virginia primary for socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. With all due respect to Hewitt, who's written some fine books and advanced some fine patriotic principles -- conservatives don't vote for socialists. Ever.
These warriors work day after day to change laws, educate about what abortion looks like, and offer help to women in the midst of a crisis pregnancy. As they converge for their 47th year to march to the Supreme Court, I can't help but imagine what it would look like if the march included the children whose lives were legally snuffed out before they ever took their first breath.
Recreation, meet taxation. States across the nation are rushing into the business of selling recreational marijuana alongside the already-legalized medical variety. For new customers, the draw of a doobie is access to a fresh form of self-entertainment. For government officials, it's a virgin market to tax. Sadly, the economic benefits of joining the pot parade might not outweigh the resulting human costs.
Times columnist Andrew P. Napolitano continues to argue that President Trump acted unlawfully in taking out a terrorist mastermind ("Shifting justification for the killing of Soleimani persists," Web, Jan. 15). Since Congress has not declared war, he argues, the president had no authority to act.
Signing the articles of impeachment is an important historical and rhetorical moment, one that should be marked appropriately to create a record for future generations. But in my opinion as someone who has spent over 40 years studying political communication, it was a rhetorical mistake to stage a formal signing ceremony followed by the distribution of pens ("White House rips Pelosi over impeachment 'souvenir pens,'" Web, Jan. 15).
Inequality and economic growth have been central themes in national elections since John Kennedy's campaign.
The Clintons, Barack Obama and the latest crop headed by Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg want to give us freer access to health care, higher education (and debt forgiveness), child care and the like by taxing the wealthy.
America's latest round of hostilities with Iran has sparked a renewed debate about the limits of executive power in war and foreign policy, and in so doing has exposed a dangerous philosophy on the neoconservative right: the notion that the president can initiate a war without congressional approval.
When House Democratic managers tromp to the Senate Wednesday to caterwaul their contempt for President Trump, saddened onlookers will wonder this: Where's the Democratic Party we once knew, and to which some of us once belonged?
Once again, of the top ten anti-Christian countries of the world, eight slots go to nations with predominantly Islamic populations. And once again, the news of Islam's radical tendencies will very likely fall on deaf Democrat ears.
In the days following the targeted killing of Iranian Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, a pro-Hezbollah tabloid in Lebanon featured on its front cover a full-page picture of the collapsed U.S. Marine barracks, which a Hezbollah suicide bomber had turned to rubble in October 1983. The message was hardly subtle.