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Bill Murchison

The Wrongheaded Uproar Over DeVos

Bill Murchison, The bad thing about elective politics (not the only bad thing; there’s a long list) is the philosophical and, especially, rhetorical extremes into which it squeezes differently minded folk, who, more and more frequently, find themselves saying things like: “You un-American crackpot!” “You racist neo-fascist!” “You (expletive) hater of (fill in the blank).”

2 Sides to the Immigration Brouhaha #MASA

Bill Murchison, No one gets anywhere by trying to roll Donald Trump’s immigration order and its varied implications into a spitball for hurling hard and fast at the Other Side. That is not to split the difference, in namby-pamby fashion, between supporters of the present immigration freeze and those Americans who, like Nancy Pelosi, claim

Politics and Other Basic Irrelevancies

Bill Murchison, A new presidency looms — U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia notwithstanding. (Question: Was Lewis, in denying, in heralded fashion, the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, applying for a thank-you note from Trump Tower? Was he startled not to get one?) A new presidency brings new faces, new ideas, new events,

Democracy and Donald Trump

Bill Murchison, The Wall Street Journal reported the other day that numerous early and all-seeing promoters of the 401(k) account acknowledge — sigh — they got it wrong. 401(k)’s didn’t result in all the saving that was foretold; in fact their emergence encouraged employers to scrap pensions. But let’s get to the real point, which

Hillary Clinton and the High Court

Bill Murchison, The worst thing about Supreme Court-anxiety in the upcoming election is that Supreme Court-anxiety should figure in the upcoming election at all; that it should figure hugely, heatedly — arsenic inserted into a political casserole noxious enough on its own terms. Our national government’s judicial branch matters in a way it shouldn’t. The

The Nastiness of the Clinton Campaign

Bill Murchison,  Memo to Hillary Clinton: Yessum, you may win this thing. I wouldn’t fall over in a state of cardiac arrest should that happen, given what the polls are saying. This, though history instructs mortals to be very, very careful when it comes to predicting lead-pipe cinches. But say you’re right. I mention merely

The Horsewhipping of Donald Trump

Bill Murchison,  To call the massive media obsessed — eyes roaming crazily in all directions, mouths afoam with horror — would be an understatement. They fear that the sovereign voters, in their obvious dimwittedness, could put Donald Trump in the White House. And so the words of abuse tumble forth. The New York Times is

The Politicians Can’t Stand Us — and It Shows

Bill Murchison, “Health-Plan Choices Shrink,” said a headline in The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 29, 2016. What’s this — another campaign promise brought to the table undercooked and half-sauced? Americans, as they look around the political dining room, are receiving, um — I know: Let’s call it a liberal education. An education in the complete,