Category: Opinions

The Empty Promises of Trump and Sanders – MICHAEL GERSON COLUMN

  By MICHAEL GERSON   WASHINGTON — In a time of brushfire populism, the problem is not the populace, it is the populists who seek to lead it. The two candidates who call themselves revolutionaries — Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump — are, in fact, backward looking, intellectually timid and unresponsive to the real needs of the working and middle classes. This judgment emerges from some basic economics (bear with me). The last several decades have seen both dramatic increases in productivity and the fading of the traditional, American, middle-class dream. The globalization of labor markets (creating competition with...

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There’s an Air of Menace About This Campaign – CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER COLUMN

By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER    WASHINGTON — By international and historical standards, political violence is exceedingly rare in the United States. The last serious outburst was 1968 with its bloody Democratic-convention riots. By that standard, 2016 is, as yet, tame. It may not remain so. The political thuggery that shut down a Donald Trump rally in Chicago last week may just be a harbinger. It would be nice, therefore, if we could think straight about cause and effect. The immediate conventional wisdom was to blame the disturbance on the “toxic climate” created by Trump. Nonsense. This was an act of...

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