Mr. Trump: We Need A Modest, Growth-Focused Fed Chair

Opinion | Joanne Butler
A guard walks in front of a Federal Reserve image before press conference in Washington

Trump should promise voters that he will put growth-focused people in charge of the nation’s finances.

Obamacare's Slow-Motion Car Crash That Everyone Saw Coming

Opinion | Joanne Butler
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October 2, 2013 photo illustration. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Obama’s health mandate is in such bad shape that it looks as if participating insurance companies didn’t even use actuaries.

2016: Two Nixons, One Election

Opinion | Joanne Butler
President Richard Nixon (L), listened to by First lady Pat Nixon and daughter Tricia Nixon (R), says goodbye to family and staff in the White House East Room on August 9, 1974. On Monday it will be 25 years since Nixon resigned his office, or "resigned in disgrace" as many of the news accounts would say, as it became clear the House of Representatives would impeach him for Watergate misdeeds and the Senate would follow by convicting him. In the quarter century since that day, historians, politicians and Nixon himself until he died on April 22, 1994, have argued his legacy and how his resignation -- the first by an American president -- changed the highest office in the land. - Reuters

Either way, the result will be ‘Nixon’s The One!’ But which one?

Why Trump Is Right On Trade

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Donald Trump, Screen Grab Fox 10 YouTube, 6-30-2016

America needs a ‘reset’ on our trade policy – not more useless training programs.

Are Brexit Voters Lying To Pollsters?

Opinion | Joanne Butler
UK EU referendum concept with flags and BREXIT message (Shutterstock)

People can say one thing to a pollster, but vote another way when they’re in the privacy of the voting booth.

The Obama Administration's War On Stained Glass

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Light comes through stained glass windows at Mount Stuart where a Shakespeare First Folio has been discovered nearly 400 years after his death, on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, Britain

Beyond the manufacturers, there will be job losses among stained glass retailers and artists.

Lessons For Trump From General Patton

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Nuremberg Laws

Patton the young second lieutenant is relevant today.

A New Culture For U.S. Trade Negotiations

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific nations in Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers meeting post in TPP Ministers "Family Photo" in Atlanta, Georgia October 1, 2015. REUTERS/USTR Press Office/Handout

Americans don’t believe free trade happy-talk as we see shuttered factories and entire towns dependent on Social Security disability checks.

How Would Hillary Govern?

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Hillary Clinton speaks at a forum in Philadelphia, Penn. April 20, 2016. (Youtube screen grab)

She’s the high priestess of the power of experts

Disability Benefits As An Economic Escape Hatch

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Social Security-Disability.JPEG

These disability numbers seem to indicate that aging low skilled workers have left the employment pool for good.

Rick Santorum Needs To Give It Up And Go Back To Virginia

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Rick Santorum: Donald Trump 'Doesn't Understand' How The Election Process Works [screenshot CNN]

His ‘value voters’ from 2012 are getting worked up over new stuff now. But Santorum doesn’t seem to realize this.

After San Bernardino, Time To Step Up Domestic Surveillance

Opinion | Joanne Butler
The remains of a SUV involved in the Wednesdays attack is shown in San Bernardino, California

We are in the 21st century, not the agrarian 18th, and our enemies are fighting a war using technology.

TPP Deal Maintains Sugar Protectionism, Does That Bother ?

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Rubio Shoots Down Gun Control Argument: 'Criminals By Definition Ignore The Law' (screenshot: CNN)

While the Fanjul family has reaped the benefits of a protected sugar industry, other Americans have paid a price in lost jobs.

Jimmy Carter, Deregulator

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter takes questions from the media during a news conference about his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment plans, at the Carter Center in Atlanta

The next time you get a tweet about an airfare flash sale, save a kind thought for Carter.

How Long Will Stay In The House?

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Ryan arrives to hold a committee hearing on the topic of U.S. economic growth at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Market forces are indeed a beautiful thing. Just ask Eric Cantor.

Get The List: Time To Find Out Who's Burrowed Into The Bureaucracy

Opinion | Joanne Butler
US Embassy Security.JPEG

Do you want a Republican president to succeed? It won’t happen if Obama landmines burrowed in the federal bureaucracy.

How The Likely 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Stack Up On School Choice

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Georgia charter schools

Scott Walker and John Kasich do well; Rick Perry and Sam Brownback, not so much.

37 Years From The DC Hanafi Hostage Situation To The Charlie Hebdo Massacre -- What Have We Learned?

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Hanafi-Hostages-Crime-Scene

Back then, Islamic leaders talked down the extremists personally.

Making It Easier To Fire Executives Won't Fix The VA

Opinion | Joanne Butler
washington-dc-arlington-national-cemetery-s

Most senior agency officials have handpicked successors in mind. That’s bad for accountability.

Julia Pierson's Resignation Won't Fix A Dysfunctional Secret Service

Opinion | Joanne Butler
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifes on Capitol Hill in Washington

When Mark Sullivan was replaced, they just switched an incompetent male chief for an incompetent female one.