Tag: President Trump

Our Angry Politics is a Real Problem

America’s divisions have gotten deeper and more bitter.   Disagreements on issues like gun control, abortion, gender, immigration, and role of religion in public life are no longer just arguments about public policy.  Instead, Americans view them  as deep and unbridgeable cultural, religious, and philosophical divides.   We are a deeply divided nation — one “Red” and…

In Defense of the Free Market (and Help for Those it Hurts)

President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on solar panels and washing machines made abroad got me thinking about the free market, capitalism, and free trade.  Over the next two posts, I’ll explore the economic and moral case for the free market, consider its destructive effects, and examine President Trump’s tariff plan. Free Markets Are…

Immigration Reform — My Thoughts on a Sensible Way Forward

America’s immigration debate is stuck.  The last major revision to our system occurred in 1965, and there are obvious problems with current law.  Most glaringly, our system encourages (in multiple ways) an almost random collection of folks to immigrate without regard to the skills and talents that they could bring to America.  That should change. …