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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America. Based in Washington, he is a wide-ranging social commentator, not a "beltway insider," who supports traditional conservative values and the American "can-do spirit." He'll take on virtually any topic, from the decline of the family to growing terrorism worldwide.

A columnist for 30 years, his latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America." Readers may email Mr. Thomas at

Articles by Cal Thomas

Hillary's Tax Plan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A taxing situation

What would you think of an individual or a company that earned a pre-tax profit of $29.9 million in one year, paid nothing in taxes and still received a $3.5 million refund? Published October 5, 2016

An official stands on stage during preparations for the vice-presidential debate between Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine in at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.(AP Photo/AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Faith and the VP debate

In every election cycle since Jimmy Carter introduced "born again" into the political lexicon, a politician's faith has been an object of curiosity and contention. Published October 3, 2016

The First Trump Clinton Debate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Advice for second debate

Donald Trump scored a gentleman's "C" in his first debate with Hillary Clinton. She was programmed, like one of those androids from the film "Westworld," spewing out well-rehearsed sound bites, smiling (sometimes condescendingly), and even tossing in a few wiggles. It was all designed to make her look warm and wonderful. Published September 28, 2016

Trump Shadow Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

It's time for Donald Trump

Now that all of my inside-the-Beltway, elitist, morally superior friends and colleagues have weighed in with their self-righteous denunciations of Donald Trump, it's my turn. Published September 26, 2016

Illustration contrasting Trumpand Hillary on Islamic jihadism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More terror, more denials

In Florida Monday, following the bombings in New York and New Jersey, Donald Trump referred to the captured bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, as an "evil thug." He then added, "Hillary Clinton is a weak and ineffective person and I will tell you, if you choose Donald Trump, these problems are going to go away far, far greater than anybody would think." Published September 21, 2016

Lying Hillary Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton is a congenital liar

In 1996, The New York Times columnist William Safire diagnosed Hillary Clinton's real problem. He called her a "congenital liar." Published September 14, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's comments on Trump supporters by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The 'Deplorables'

Every now and again secular progressives rip off their mask and tell conservatives what they really think of them. Published September 12, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's Nixonian "can't recall" strategy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Channeling Nixon

One wouldn't think Hillary Clinton and former President Richard Nixon would have a lot in common, but in responding to FBI investigators that she "could not recall any briefing or training by State related to retention of federal records or handling classified information," Mrs. Clinton took a page straight out of Nixon's playbook. Published September 7, 2016

Apple's EU Tax Problem Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The EU's taxing problem

Economics was not one of my favorite subjects in college, so I avoided economic courses. But I do know a few things about human nature. If you tax income at too high a rate, corporations will look elsewhere for relief. Published September 5, 2016

Illustration on immigration, loyalty and citizenship by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump's call for an oath to America

Loyalty oaths have been tried in the past, but eventually were struck down by the courts as either too vague, or an unconstitutional violation of free speech. These applied, as far as I can tell from reading their history, only to American citizens. Published August 31, 2016

Illustrations on scandals in Hillary's past by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Where there's smoke there's fire

The prize quote of this incendiary political year may go to Hillary Clinton. In response to Donald Trump's charge that the Clintons set up a pay-for-play arrangement that granted big contributors access to Mrs. Clinton while she was secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said, "My work as secretary of State was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right to keep Americans safe and protect our interests abroad." Published August 29, 2016

The Abolition of Man Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Abolishing 'man' at Princeton

''He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them "Mankind" when they were created." Published August 24, 2016

Mickey Mouse Photo ID Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

To ID or not to ID?

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different. Published August 22, 2016

Sheriff David Clarke Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hard truths about inner-city dysfunction

Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns. In addition to the cowboy hero, the town sheriff was almost always a model of integrity. He stood for law and order against bank robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves all trying to disrupt the peace. Published August 17, 2016

Illustration on past Liberal policy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What the past can teach us

While we shouldn't live in the past, we can certainly learn from it. We are not the first humans to walk the Earth, and yet too many, especially the young, suffer from the conceit that history is just a boring subject in school. Published August 15, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School, in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Those 'old, tired ideas'

Reacting to Donald Trump's speech Monday to the Detroit Economic Club, Hillary Clinton said her Republican opponent tried to "make his old, tired ideas sound new." As opposed to her old, tired ideas of higher taxes on the wealthy with government as redistributor. Published August 10, 2016

Barbede Rose Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Ransom by another name

You've probably heard the very old riddle: When is a door not a door? When it's ajar. Published August 8, 2016

Jack Huston in a scene from Ben Hur      Paramount/MGM

The third coming of 'Ben-Hur'

Since Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ" grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Hollywood has slowly begun to look at faith-based movies as a way to fatten their bottom lines and reach a demographic they have mostly ignored for decades. Published August 3, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech            The Washington Times

Hillary's recycled speech

Environmentalists should be pleased with Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, because it was largely recycled talking points we have heard for decades. Published August 1, 2016