Ramesh Ponnuru

For Ramesh Ponnuru's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Mar 14, 2014

Rand Paul is Republicans' isolated isolationist

As Republicans start to debate foreign policy in advance of the 2016 election, it’s shaping up to be a fight between Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and everyone else. Until recently, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was on Paul’s side, but that close relationship ...

Feb 4, 2014

Republicans debating illogical immigration deal

U.S. House Republicans' big idea for advancing immigration reforms is to let Illegal immigrants who meet various conditions work in the U.S. legally, but not let them get on a fast track to citizenship. Republicans should drop this subject if they can't do better.

Jan 13, 2014

Burke, Paine still haunt U.S. politics

The British statesman Edmund Burke and the Anglo-American revolutionary Thomas Paine both favored free trade but for different reasons. More than 200 years later, their differences in outlook underlie much of our politics.

Dec 27, 2013

Happiness takes faith, family, friends and work

Research from the American Enterprise Institute identifies faith, family, friends and work as the four great sources of happiness. The problem is that all four sources are in retreat in the U.S., especially among men.

Dec 17, 2013

Pope misunderstands the power of free markets

Pope Francis, unlike his more diplomatic predecessors, is said to engage the world in the style of after-dinner conversation. As a result, his recent remarks about the power of free markets seemed vague or poorly considered.

Jul 16, 2013

Inconvenient truths about Obama's health law

The White House’s recent decision to delay part of its health care overhaul illustrates six truths about the law that its supporters can’t easily acknowledge. First, important parts of it are badly designed. President Barack Obama’s administration has pulled back on the employer mandate ...