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South Carolina should eliminate income taxes on senior citizens

Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said that there were two certainties in life: death and taxes. South Carolina has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to eliminate one of those "certainties," the state income tax, and transform our … more

Why is agency pushing students into bubble tests they can't pass?

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Monday edition of The State. COLUMBIA - A few months ago, the S.C. Education Oversight Committee approved an accountability system that to call flawed would be generous. The new system is highly … more

Media bias - just what a lot of Americans want

One of the great college basketball coaches in the history of the game, a very smart and successful fellow named Michael William Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K of Duke University, recently interviewed me on his satellite radio show about a wide … more

'Popular' Putin hates the competition

Not once during his 18 years in power has Vladimir Putin faced off against a genuine challenger. His original competitor in the race for the Kremlin, Yevgeny Primakov - like him, a former prime minister and official in the Soviet KGB, though much … more

Lawmakers should reject Dominion's 'Trojan horse' deal

Editor's note: This column was originally published in the Jan. 18 edition of The Post and Courier. The saga of South Carolina's nuclear plant financial meltdown continues. The latest installment features Virginia-based Dominion Energy with an … more

Trump on trade: Better than Smoot-Hawley?

Donald Trump's announcement that he is imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries has aroused little enthusiasm and much criticism. It evidently prompted the resignation of Gary Cohn as head of his National Economic … more

Bizarre stories and antics from campuses in 2017

A frequent point I have made in past columns has been about the educational travesty happening on many college campuses. Some people have labeled my observations and concerns as trivial, unimportant and cherry-picking. While the spring semester … more

What is America's mission now?

Informing Iran, "The U.S. is watching what you do,'' Amb. Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council regarding the riots in Iran. The session left her and us looking ridiculous. France's ambassador tutored Haley that … more

Put teeth in texting ban to help make South Carolina roads safer

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the Post and Courier on Thursday. Taking cellphones out of the hands of South Carolina drivers might be almost as hard as taking their guns. You might have to pry them from their cold, dead hands, … more

We should join together to train state's students for workforce

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Feb. 24 edition of The Post and Courier. Bobby Hitt, head of our Department of Commerce, is very proud of his bringing aerospace companies to South Carolina, but he has failed to motivate the … more

There is plenty to blame for our educational rot

My recent columns have focused on the extremely poor educational outcomes for black students. There's enough blame for all involved to have their fair share. That includes students who are hostile and alien to the educational process and have … more

Queen Carlson wins again with her leadership

WASHINGTON - If karma is a b----, justice is a beauty queen. After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed … more

Despite the Olympic glow, half of Korea remains in darkness

WASHINGTON - Watching the media fawning over the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics, I recalled a picture that my old boss, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, kept under the glass of a table in his office - a satellite photo of … more

1 thing we know for sure after a mass shooting

Here we go again. This time it was at a high school in Florida. It has become depressingly familiar. Not just the horrific shooting, but also the words that come after something like this. Politicians assure us that the victims and their families … more

Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs will create victims

There are a couple of important economic lessons that the American people should learn. I'm going to title one "the seen and unseen" and the other "narrow, well-defined, large benefits versus widely dispersed small costs." These lessons are … more

Globalists and nationalists: Who owns the world's future?

Robert Bartley, the late editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, was a free-trade zealot who for decades championed a five-word amendment to the Constitution: "There shall be open borders." Bartley accepted what the erasure of America's … more

The fatal delusions of Western man

"We got China wrong. Now what?" ran the headline over the column in The Washington Post. "Remember how American engagement with China was going to make that communist backwater more like the democratic, capitalist West?" asked Charles Lane in his … more
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