Syndicated Columnists

Michael Barone: Perceptions are that Trump’s policies are working

Michael Barone

March 22, 2017

Perceptions matter. People make decisions, even life-altering decisions, based on what they perceive as likely to happen. To the extent that public policy affects such decisions, the perception of likely policy change can affect behavior even before the change happens — even if it ends up never happening.

Froma Harrop: Dump myth that ACA froze out GOP

Froma Harrop

March 21, 2017

It’s true. The Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote. Republicans repeatedly cite this fact as Obamacare’s original sin, a fatal flaw that justifies their efforts to dismantle the ACA.

Marino de Medici: Times fraught with heavy worries in EU, U.S.

Marino de Medici

March 20, 2017

The European Union is celebrating 60 years and the treaties signed in Rome on March 25 with the shared duty of facing the new challenges: in short, to respond to the social crises in its member countries, to calm the pervasive fears of its peoples, to face the threats to their security and to give new hope for the renewal of the union as a whole. Now more than ever, Europe feels the need to be faithful to its original ideas and to act in solidarity and with respect for all its citizens.

Mark Shields: The serious matter of political humor

Mark Shields

March 19, 2017

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed off one cartoon from Esquire magazine showing a little girl, an obvious tattletale, telling her mother that her brother had just written a dirty word on the sidewalk — ”Roosevelt.”

Andy Schmookler: Believing the unbelievable

Andy Schmookler

March 17, 2017

These are unhappy times in America. But of all the distressing news items I’ve come across, the one that disturbed me most was this: according to the polls, when asked which side they found more credible in the conflict between what the media report and what President Trump says, about four out of five Republicans declared they believe Mr. Trump.

Froma Harrop: Bannon failed his father, not AT&T

Froma Harrop

March 16, 2017

Marty Bannon did all the right things, mostly. He raised five children, lived modestly, worked hard and bought as much stock in his employer, AT&T, as he could. When AT&T’s stock price plunged in the 2008 economic meltdown, Bannon sold at a loss of more than $100,000, he said.

George F. Will: NEA a frill that should be shorn

George F. Will

March 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Although the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight.

Scott Rasmussen: Three steps to fixing the health care mess

Scott Rasmussen

March 14, 2017

Most Americans believe that no matter how bad something is, Congress can always make it worse. With their new health care bill, Republican Congressional leaders seem intent on proving that point. Even those with a passionate hatred of Obamacare can find something to hate in the GOP replacement plan.