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Why is the GOP terrified of tariffs?

From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen. And, as the party of high tariffs through those … more

Hidden agenda or ignorance?

Before we discuss violence with guns, I'd like to run a couple of questions by you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day nearly 30 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunken driving. What kind of … more

Future of our coast is in your hands

Editor's note: This guest column originally ran in the March 1 edition of South Strand News. Over the past six weeks, I have spoken at multiple events across the state hosted by SODA - Stop Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic - to explain that now … 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

Most residents in S.C. want Dominion-SCANA deal

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Sunday edition of The State. A majority of S.C. residents want Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy troubled SCANA, according to the most recent Winthrop Poll. That deal, Dominion promises, … more

It's now time to protect public workers from unions' coercion

WASHINGTON - The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is ostensibly a public worker union. In truth, it is nothing more than an appendage of the Democratic Party. One hundred percent of its political contributions go to … more

GOP's gun temptation

Editor's note: This column by Kimberley A. Strassel first appeared in The Wall Street Journal on Feb. 22, 2018. Republicans have held the political high ground on gun rights for decades, and they've done it by sticking together and sticking to … more

Obama was weak on Russia, but Trump is incoherent

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Feb. 26 edition of The Post and Courier. Even by President Donald Trump's elevated standards of incoherence, his position on Kremlingate is a marvel of illogic. After repeatedly claiming that … more

The eternal lure of nationalism, identity

In a surprise overtime victory in the finals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament, the Russians defeated Germany, 4-3. But the Russians were not permitted to have their national anthem played or flag raised, due to a past doping scandal. So, … 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

Protecting our state's forests

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Monday edition of The Post and Courier. Throughout my 40-plus-year professional forester career serving in both the public and private spheres, I've come to view forestry as an "ideal" business … more

Don't take The Onion's pessimism too seriously

"Study: 90 Percent Of Americans Strongly Opposed To Each Other." That's the headline on a story in what, on some days, seems to be America's most reliable news outlet, The Onion. We laugh (or at least I did) because it strikes a chord. Americans … more

Should we try to protect kids or confiscate guns?

In days gone by, a massacre of students like the atrocity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School would have brought us together. But like so many atrocities before it, this mass murder is tearing us apart. The perpetrator, the sick and evil … more

Tax reform used to be unpopular. Not anymore.

WASHINGTON - When the Republican-controlled Congress first approved its tax bill in December, most Democrats believed it would be a political loser for the GOP. Indeed, a New York Times poll found that just 37 percent of Americans approved of the … more

We're all rooting for laundry

I reluctantly have come to believe that most Americans - whether they're members of the chattering class in the media or your next-door neighbor - have lost the ability, and sometimes even the desire, to persuade anyone to change his or her mind on … more
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