Category Archives: Commentary

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 […]

The Progressive Olympics will decide Democratic nomination

When all is said and done, there will probably be more than 15 people running for the Democratic nomination for president. One thing is clear already. In order to win the nomination, Democrats are going to need to speak to the increasingly strident, socialistic, progressive activist segment, and energize them. All the attention, all the energy, […]

No, I don’t want to live in Massachusetts

In addition to running a public policy think tank and writing this column every week, I have also been blessed for the last three years to host the morning drive time radio program on WGAN, southern Maine’s biggest news and talk radio station. A couple weeks ago, we decided to host a conversation with lawmakers […]

The beauty of the Electoral College should not be thrown away

Maine lawmakers on the Veterans and Legal Affairs committee on Friday will hold a public hearing on a pair of bills – LDs 418 and 816 – which would bind Maine’s Electoral College votes to the winner of the National Popular Vote. To be fair, this isn’t really a new idea in Maine. Special interest groups have been trying […]

A fear of doubting the Jussie Smollett incident

There are few places as inhospitable to conservatives as the city of Chicago. In the 2018 election for governor in Illinois, for instance, the city of Chicago voted for Democrat J.B. Pritzker over incumbent Republican Governor Bruce Rauner by a whopping margin of 81.34 percent to 15.19 percent. The Democratic margin of victory was even […]