Category Archives: Column

Is age an issue in the 2020 presidential campaign?

Most people don’t know this, but President Donald Trump is the oldest person ever elected to a first term as president. He was 70 years old when he was inaugurated (a year older than Ronald Reagan), is 72 years old today, and will be 74 on Election Day of 2020. Were he to win, he […]

Elections have consequences

In this column, I’ve been writing an awful lot about what the new administration of Gov. Janet Mills and her allies in the Legislature have been doing. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the foolish financial decisions being made in Augusta, highlighting the fact that those decisions will likely cause tax increases, and at the […]

Let teachers teach, and pay the best ones

It is pretty hard to find someone more sympathetic to the plight of teachers than me. My wife’s profession is elementary education, where she has worked for years as a teacher in kindergarten through second grade. I’ve seen the struggles she goes through up close and personal for years. I’ve been in her classroom with […]

Desire for escapism fuels success of superhero films

Like the rest of America, I spent last weekend at a movie theater with two of my kids, watching the latest Marvel movie, “Avengers: Endgame.” This is a movie that in a single weekend made $357 million in the United States, and $1.2 billion globally. There is little doubt, at this point, that it will end […]

Cancelling student debt may be wrong, but society needs to grapple with rising college costs

This week, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a bold proposal to pay off most of America’s student loans, while initiating a Universal Free College plan. As is typical with Democrats, she of course proposes to pay for the grotesque cost of such a proposal — about $1.25 trillion — by taxing those vile, evil rich […]

How do we lower Maine’s tax burden?

Taxes are a complicated thing. You are taxed in many ways, not just on your income, and not just by one government. Indeed, American federalism guarantees that you are in fact taxed by your national government, you state government, your county government and your town government, to say nothing of the “fees” you pay to […]

Abortion funding is about choice and responsibility

One of the least productive public debates in American society today, is the debate over abortion. It isn’t that there aren’t extremely important and worthwhile issues to debate about the subject, but opinions have long ago hardened, and no one has any real interest in having a rational discussion. It is highly emotional, people talk […]

Rules for thee and not for me

I’ve never been all that moralistic about public officials. While I am certain that there are good people who hold public office, in my experience the truth has been that power and influence attract only the worst among us. Those who seek power are usually the ones who are least deserving of it. This basic […]

The left is too invested in Russian collusion to let it go

We all like to think that we make rational, sound decisions based on our own quality judgment. We roll on with life, evaluate the facts we see in front of us, and act accordingly. Sadly, we’re wrong. The reality is that our decisions are manipulated by our personal, emotional investments that accumulate over time. The […]

Big sports contracts don’t bother me at all

This week, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout signed a new contract that is worth $430 million over the next 12 years, giving him the largest contract in North American professional sports history. Trout smashed the previous record of 13 years and $330 million set by Bryce Harper, now of the Philadelphia Phillies, only a […]