The Rhyme of Political History

It was 1966 and three-term incumbent Republican Robert E. Smylie, pictured here dressed like he might have been trying out for The Sons...

Higher Ed, Lower Expectations

University of Idaho President Duane Nellis apparently will depart shortly for Texas Tech University in Lubbock; a 30,000 student, major...

House of Morgan

A little over one hundred years ago J. Pierpont Morgan ran much of the world’s business from an elegant office at 23 Wall Street in New...

Bigness

On the downhill side of the Gilded Age in American political and business life – that would have been in the late 1800’s – progressive...

Ron Paul

Watching the GOP field I have come to believe that only Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian from Texas, is truly comfortable in his own skin....

What Does It Mean

What to make of the “occupy” protests? Is it the fad of the moment; the “trust fund” demographic playing at protest against the consumer...

Lost Generation

While Herman Cain talks about his “9-9-9” plan to restore the economy and Mitt Romney touts a 59 point plan to do the same, while...

Trying Times

At pivotal moments in American history it has often been the case that the right leader somehow emerged from the chaos of the moment and...

Confidence

When Its Lost Can it be Found Again? I’ve had a good deal of fun over the last few weeks teaching a college-level political science...

Oil and Water

I don’t normally pay a great deal of attention to the political opinions of Hollywood personalities. So I confess I missed the initial...

Missing the Signs

It is not really true, as is often said, that history repeats. No historical analogy is ever 100 percent correct. What history does...

The Deal

I predicted a week ago that the “sensible center” would ultimately behave like adults and avoid a federal government default, but by last...

What Goes Around

It is often said in politics that “what goes around comes around.” This is such a story. In the 1940’s and 1950’s Arthur Dean was a...

No Crimes

As St. John’s University law professor Michael Perino explains in his superb book on the 1933 congressional investigation into the stock...

The Veto

The presidential or gubernatorial veto may be the single biggest political club our nation’s executives can swing. The House and the...

The Great Divide

A friend of mine has always said he never feels more patriotic than on the day he files his tax return and most years ships off a check...

Now We Know – Maybe

One of the better bits of analysis of the huge report is from former Bush speechwriter David Frum. Frum writes: “The report…argues that...

Is 2010 Really 1938?

There are no perfect historical parallels. Nothing is ever precisely like it was in another time. At best, history can help illuminate...

Hoarding Cash

You don’t have to read the Wall Street Journal every day to know that the economy is barely struggling out of the Great Recession....

Back to the Future

Carter Glass (left) developed an impressive resume during his nearly 50 years in public life – Congressman, Secretary of the Treasury...