Whose Country Is It, Anyway?

By Patrick J. Buchanan For the third straight year, the median income of the typical American family fell in 2010. Adjusted for inflation, it is back where it was in 1996, the longest period of zero growth since the Depression. And the poverty rate has inched up to 15.1 percent. Both figures, however, should be […]

How Capital Crushed Labor

By Patrick J. Buchanan Once, it was a Labor Day tradition for Democrats to go to Cadillac Square in Detroit to launch their campaigns in that forge and furnace of American democracy, the greatest industrial center on earth. Democrats may still honor the tradition. But Detroit is not what she was, not remotely. And neither […]

Fiscal Hawks vs. Security Hawks

By Patrick J. Buchanan The Republican Party is a stool that stands on three legs: social conservatives, economic conservatives and foreign policy conservatives. Yet since Ronald Reagan departed and George W. Bush arrived, that coalition has been under a growing strain that may yet pull it apart and redefine what conservatism means in 21st century […]

What “Big Deals” Did to America

By Patrick J. Buchanan Thanks to Tea Party fanatics, we are told, America just lost an historic opportunity to deal with her national debt. Because of Tea Party intransigence and threats against their own leader John Boehner, the speaker had to reject Obama’s “grand bargain,” the “big deal” of $3 trillion in budget cuts for […]

Black America vs. Obama?

By Patrick J. Buchanan “The Disappearing Black Middle Class” ran the headline over the Chicago Sun-Times story. And the statistics from the Economic Policy Institute were indeed sobering. In 2007, best year of the Bush era, white households had a median net worth of $134,280, compared with $13,450 for black households. By 2009, the median […]

Obama’s Dilemma — and Ours

By Patrick J. Buchanan Seventy-one years ago this spring, after the German army had broken through the French lines, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill flew to France to consult his embattled allies on how to stop the advance. “Where is the strategic reserve?” Churchill urgently asked the French commander in chief, Gen. Maurice Gamelin, and […]

Manufacturing’s Dismal Decade

By Patrick J. Buchanan Last year, Barack Obama committed his administration to doubling U.S. exports in half a decade. The good news: He is on the way. U.S. exports of goods and services grew in 2010 by 16.6 percent. Bad news: U.S. imports, starting from a higher base, surged by 19.7 percent. Result: The U.S. […]

Sputnik Moment — or GM Moment?

By Patrick J. Buchanan What America was to the world in 1950, General Motors was to the nation. It was the largest and most successful company with the largest number of employees. It paid the highest wages and contributed more in taxes than any other company. During World War II, no company had contributed more […]

Requiem for a Patriot

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Conservative Tycoon … Dies at 95,” said the New York Times headline on New Year’s Eve about the death of Roger Milliken. Clearly, the headline writer did not know the man. For Roger Milliken exemplified the finest in American free enterprise. He cared about his workers. He cared about his industry. […]

Is This Our America Anymore?

By Patrick J. Buchanan Buried in the Oct. 30 Washington Post was a bland headline: “Report Points to Faster Recovery in Jobs for Immigrants.” The story, however, contained social dynamite that explains the rage of Americans who are smeared as nativists and xenophobes for demanding a timeout on immigration. In the April-May-June quarter, foreign-born workers […]