Author Archives: James P. Pinkerton

About James P. Pinkerton

James P. Pinkerton is a contributor to the Fox News Channel and a regular panelist on the Fox “News Watch” show, the highest-rated media-critique show on television. He is a former columnist for Newsday, and is the editor of He has written for publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Review, The New Republic, Foreign Affairs, Fortune, The Huffington Post, and The Jerusalem Post. He is the author of What Comes Next: The End of Big Government--and the New Paradigm Ahead (Hyperion: 1995). He worked in the White House domestic policy offices of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and in the 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 presidential campaigns. In 2008 he served as a senior adviser to the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. Married to the former Elizabeth Dial, he is a graduate of Stanford University.

Saving Money by Saving Lives

A “cure-first” strategy can slash healthcare costs—and sells better than voucherizing Medicare.

The Price of Healthcare and the Value of Health

The public wants lower costs and better health. A focus on cures can meet both goals.

Hamiltonian Healthcare

Obama must forget McGovernism and put a bipartisan focus on science, not finance.

A Cure for Healthcare Costs

Alzheimer’s research is a cause Obama and his critics should all support—to save both money and lives.

Yesterday’s Spain, Today’s America

How the conquistadors’ empire undermined stability at home

A Burkean Affair

The new Danish film sheds light on 18th-century historical lessons.

Why Israel Needs Star Wars, and We Do Too

The Gaza conflict vindicates Reagan-era missile defense.

How Republicans Forfeited the Economy

The Bain Man was the wrong one to make the case against Obama–and for the middle class.

Five Town Hall Takeaways

Romney and Obama make a detail-free play for the middle.

Troubled Water

As the nation’s water infrastructure crumbles, the GOP wavers on its platform commitment.

What Happened to the 100 Percent?

Romney breaks with the One Nation conservatism of Coolidge, Lincoln, and Disraeli.

The GOP’s Alzheimer’s Opportunity

Romney has experience with public-private partnerships, and the Democratic platform leaves Alzheimer’s out.

School Choice: The Paradigm Shift

Thomas Kuhn and the structure of the education revolution

Health, Not Just Insurance

Shootings in Wisconsin and Colorado reveal what’s best, and worst, about medicine in America.

Obama and the American System: Who Built What?

How the Romney campaign is losing the argument over infrastructure investment

Health In Our Time

Innovative cures must be our priority, with or without Obamacare.

How Eric Holder Evades Congress

From the Justice Department to the Federal Reserve, legislative oversight — and constitutional government — is eroding.

Hamilton Shrugged

How an energetic government could revive America’s industrial economy

What Wisconsin Means

Scott Walker’s victory shows that Republicans win when they stick to “normalcy.”

Why Do We Have USDA?

Lincoln’s vision of middle-class uplift lies behind the much-mocked Department of Agriculture.

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