America’s disturbing plunge into protectionism

The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector.

Why voters keep supporting politicians who keep lying

Science has an answer for hand-wringers wondering how there could be so much public lying, how the liars live with themselves, and why supporters of our public liars are willing to overlook it all. One explanation is that loyalty matters too, and when faced with a choice between lying and betrayal, many people consider lying the more upstanding option.

The life of the party: Big ideas will buoy Democrats

Democrats cast out to the desert thirst to regain national power, with party stars already beginning a slog toward the distant oasis of the White House, 2020. They start the journey drained by never-ending defensive battle against the present holder of the presidency.

Susan Collins’s Declaration of Cowardice

After Sen. Susan Collins announced on the Senate floor Friday that she would cast her deciding vote to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., rose to liken her to another Republican from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith, “the first member of the United States Senate to take on Joseph McCarthy … this demagogue and the tactics that he employed.”

Amendment will hurt local families

In this year’s general election on Nov. 6, Hawaii voters will be asked to decide on a proposed constitutional amendment that would give the Legislature the authority to create one of the largest tax increases in Hawaii’s history.