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COMMENTARY BY MICHAEL BARONE

  • Dems Play Politics With Bogus 77-cent Differential in Male-Female Pay By Michael Barone

    An economist serving on a second-term president's Council of Economic Advisers might expect to weigh in on fundamental issues, restructuring the tax system or making entitlement programs sustainable over the long term. Barack Obama once talked of addressing such issues, and Republican leaders such as House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp are doing so.   

  • If You Think the Sky is Falling, Check out the Prophecies of the 1970s by Michael Barone

    Forty years is roughly the length of a working lifetime -- and long enough for history to have taken some unexpected turns. And to have proved that long-term forecasts based on extrapolations of existing trends usually end up wide of the mark.

    The list of failed prophecies from the 1970s is rather long. The conventional wisdom of the time was more than usually unreliable.

    Michael Barone, senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner, (www.washingtonexaminer.com), where this article first appeared, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. To find out more about Michael Barone, and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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  • Ukrainians, and Americans, are the Children of History By Michael Barone

    If you've been following events in Ukraine closely, you may have seen maps, available at electoralgeography.com, showing how the ethnic Russian areas voted heavily for one candidate and the ethnic Ukrainian areas for another. 

  • Millennials Choose the Path of Least Resistance By Michael Barone

    When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in 1830, he was struck by how many Americans were participating in voluntary associations. It was quite a contrast with his native France, where power was centralized in Paris and people did not trust each other enough to join in voluntary groups.

    Tocqueville might have a different impression should he, utilizing time travel, visit the America of 2030. Or so I conclude on reading the recently released Pew Research Center report on the attitudes and behavior of America's Millennial generation.

  • Obama's Top-and-Bottom Coalition Shows Signs of Strain By Michael Barone

    America's two major political parties are inevitably coalitions, forced by the winner-take-all Electoral College and the need of candidates in single-member congressional districts to amass 50 percent of the vote, or nearly that, to win election.

  • Obama's 'Flexibility' Leads to a Dangerous World By Michael Barone

    "This is my last election," President Obama said in words caught on an open mic. "After my election, I have more flexibility."

  • Hillary Clinton Won't Have an Easy Ride to Presidency By Michael Barone

    Will Hillary Clinton be elected America's next president? The polls suggest she will.

  • Having a Venerable Name Can Be a Key to Upward Mobility by Michael Barone

    America used to be a land with great upward social mobility, but isn't anymore. America never was a land with great upward social mobility

    Which do you believe? Keep in mind that your answer will have significant implications for public policy.

    Michael Barone, senior political analyst at the Washington Examiner, (www.washingtonexaminer.com), where this article first appeared, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. To find out more about Michael Barone, and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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  • Democratic Strategists in 2014 Are Like French Generals in 1940 By Michael Barone

    It is reminiscent of the quandary faced by Gen. Maurice Gamelin on the evening of May 15, 1940. Suddenly he realized that German panzer troops had broken through the supposedly impassable Ardennes.   

  • For Good Highways, Use Tolls and Ditch the Gasoline Tax By Michael Barone

    Last month, Barack Obama traveled to snowy St. Paul, Minn., the same place where in the sunnier days of June 2008 he predicted that his clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination would be remembered as "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the earth began to heal."

    This time in St. Paul he addressed a lesser problem, one within the ambit of a president's powers: transportation.