Alan W. Dowd is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research and a contributing editor for the American Legion magazine. His writing has appeared in Policy Review, the Baltimore Sun, the Wall Street Journal Europe, the Washington Times, the ...
Toward "Europe whole and free"
It’s not unreasonable to believe that the editors of The New York Times, despite the daily’s diminished influence, have been deluged with applicants for the op-ed columnist slot sadly vacated by the sensible John Tierney...
The 2016 election campaign has proved a trying one for citizens who seek sobriety, integrity, and fidelity to principle in their presidential candidates. The two major party nominees’ glaring deficiencies have provoked cries of despair from many high-minded voters. But that is a luxury the nation can ill afford.
I had the lead for this column all lined and ready to go – and then Maureen Dowd beat me to it: the oddity of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders heading in opposite directions following Thursday’s Brooklyn debate (in Dowd’s words: “acrimony, cacophony, sanctimony and, naturally, baloney”).
During the 2004 presidential campaign, one principal plank of George W. Bush's domestic platform was reforming tort law, which includes class action lawsuits, asbestos liability, and medical malpractice liability. President Bush believes that tort law as it now stands permits trial lawyers to take advantage of good companies, driving up the costs of doing business for everyone. Others believe that existing tort law allows consumers to protect themselves against bad companies. Which is it? And should President Bush be given the tort reforms he wants? Peter Robinson speaks with David Davenport and Alan Morrison.
Just two years ago, in the 2000 fiscal year, the annual federal budget had a surplus of $236 billion. Now the federal government is facing a budget deficit of more than $150 billion, possibly much more. And whereas during the presidential campaign of 2000, the candidates were debating how to spend trillions in expected future surpluses, the Congressional Budget Office is now projecting a cumulative $1 trillion deficit by 2011. What happened to the surplus, and what is to blame for the return of the deficit? Is it President Bush's tax cut? Or was it the recession of 2001 and the war on terrorism? In light of the deficit, what should we make of the president's budget plans?
Much has been said about Maureen “I wanted to weave the idea into my column” Dowd’s latest take-down of Sarah Palin (“Caribou Barbie is one nutty puppy.”)...
In a characteristically sassy column on October 11th, the New York Times' frequently forwarded columnist Maureen Dowd summed up the declinist mood currently sweeping the sushi-and Schopenhauer set...
What’s irksome is [Maureen Dowd's] conclusion that California is doing the responsible thing, as opposed to other states where new or relatively newly elected governors are in very public, very messy...showdowns with vested interests...
“I don’t think there’ll be a report,” President Trump’s former attorney, John Dowd, recently told ABC News. “I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than ‘We’re done.’” Referring to a possible report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Dowd suggested Mueller won’t release a detailed public accounting of the results of the investigation because he has nothing on Trump.
Will computers revolutionize education or not? President Clinton called for connecting every classroom in America to the Internet. School districts across the country are spending billions of dollars on computers for the classroom. Will all of this effort pay off or is it misguided? Just how should computers be used in the classroom? Is it possible that computers can actually harm the educational process?
In 2001 President Bush established a bipartisan commission to study and report recommendations for restoring fiscal soundness to the current Social Security program. All three of the commission's models for reforming the system included the creation of individually controlled retirement accounts—a process commonly referred to as "privatizing Social Security." Some critics of the proposals argue that Social Security is not in as much trouble as the president's commission would have us believe and that major reform is unnecessary. Other critics say that creating private accounts will compound Social Security's problems rather than solve them. Who's right, the president's commission or its critics?
In making Social Security reform a top priority of his second term, President George W. Bush has emphasized two points: first, that, without changes, our Social Security system will be bankrupt by 2042 and, second, that a key element of reform must be creating private accounts to allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll taxes in stocks and bonds. Is the president right on both counts? Peter Robinson speaks with John Cogan and Alan Auerbach.
Alan Greenspan has been forced to admit the heresy of his youth...
Shocking news today: Noted Princeton University economist Alan Krueger died this weekend. He was only 58 years old. Alan was the chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2011 to 2013. He was also co-author, with David Card, of the famous book that challenged the conventional wisdom on the effects of moderate increases in the minimum wage.
David Henderson: The Passing Of Princeton Economist Alan Krueger And The Thinking On Minimum Wages And Income Inequality
Hoover Institution fellow David Henderson discusses his Econlog article "Alan Krueger RIP."
In today's Wall Street Journal, Alan Reynolds has an excellent piece on how much revenue can be expected from the Obama tax rate increases to pay for Obamacare. . . .
For nearly 20 years Alan Greenspan, as head of America's central bank, was the most powerful economic central planner the world has ever seen...
Alan Blinder has written another Wall Street Journal article criticizing legislation that would simply require the Fed to describe its rule or strategy for monetary policy. As with his earlier article, Blinder still “shoots at a straw man of his own making, not at the proposed law itself” as I wrote in another John Taylor’s Reply to Alan Blinder for the Wall Street Journal.
Since Alan Greenspan is now selling a book, his publicity crank is turning fast and hard and his face is everywhere, a friendly old mask as inscrutable as the syntax he was fond of throwing out at the American public during his years as head of the Federal Reserve...