The politics of the minimum wage

by Walter Williams -- There's little debate among academic economists about the effect of minimum wages. University of California, Irvine economist David Neumark has examined more than 100 major academic studies on more…

Dumb politicians won't get elected

by Walter Williams -- Politicians can be progressives, liberals, conservatives, Democrats or Republicans and right-wingers. They just can't be dumb. The American people will never elect them to office. Let's look at more…

The pope's demonizing of capitalism

by Walter Williams -- Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, levied charges against free-market capitalism, denying that "economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice more…

The 'fragile planet' myth

by Walter Williams -- Let's examine a few statements reflecting a vision thought to be beyond question. "The world that we live in is beautiful but fragile." "The third rock from the more…

Obama: He's no Jackie Robinson

by Walter Williams -- In a March 2008 column, I criticized pundits' concerns about whether America was ready for Barack Obama, suggesting that the more important issue was whether black people could more…

The 'positive rights' tyrants

by Walter Williams -- One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey. The powerful elite believe that more…

Deceit, deception, dishonesty

by Walter Williams -- There's more to the deceit and dishonesty about Social Security and Medicare discussed in my recent columns. Congress tells us that one-half (6.2 percent) of the Social Security more…

Does Washington know best?

by Walter Williams -- According to some estimates, there are more than 100 million traffic signals in the U.S., but whatever the number, how many of us would like Washington, in the more…

Congress duped Americans on Social Security

by Walter Williams -- Last week's column, "Handout nation," generated quite a few responses, some a bit angry. Some people were offended by my reference to Social Security and Medicare as entitlements more…