Mike Lee’s bogus conservative case for criminal justice reform

Featured image Senator Mike Lee takes to the pages of the Washington Examiner to make what he calls the conservative case for criminal justice reform. The criminal justice reform Sen. Lee has in mind is the softer sentencing and release of many criminals called for by the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (SRCA), of which he is a sponsor. Lee’s case for such reform turns out not to be conservative »

Bon Jovi to Waters: Drop Dead!

Featured imageSome years ago, I was in the office of a straitlaced, middle-aged lady who was in charge of my law firm’s support staff. I noticed a photograph on her desk of herself with a long-haired guy who looked like a rock musician. It seemed incongruous, so I asked about the picture, and she told me this story. She and her husband had a boat in a marina on the St. »

An Instance of Warmist Corruption

Featured imageWe have often written about the fact that the world’s governments pour billions of dollars annually into the global warming project, the object of which is to increase the powers of government. And yet governments, the main parties that stand to benefit from the warmists’ campaign, pretend that their money is somehow innocent, while any private entity that supports climate research is suspect. Alarmist scientists have gone so far as »

Putin kicks Obama, who pretends not to feel a thing

Featured imagePresident Obama responded to his latest humiliation at the hands of Vladimir Putin by stating that “Mr. Putin had to go into Syria not out of strength but out of weakness, because his client, Mr. Assad, was crumbling.” This statement — pulled from the same notebook as the president’s pathetic speech to the U.N. — is true, but it fails to paper over the failure of Obama’s approach to Syria »

Penn State vs. The State Penn?

Featured imageI used to joke that it costs as much to house an inmate in the California state prison system as it would to send the same person to Stanford, but that sending the inmate to Stanford (at least in the humanities) would be bad for the inmate. Turns out this may not be such a joke after all. I missed the story a couple weeks ago about a debate staged »

Obama and the Democrats Shamefully Smear Jeb Bush

Featured imageYesterday the Democrats, always eager to find distractions from their failed domestic and foreign policies, seized on the Oregon shootings as an excuse to change the subject. In particular, they used that terrible crime to smear Jeb Bush. According to the Democrats, Bush blew off the Oregon shootings by saying “stuff happens.” The Democrats, as one, picked up on the meme. This tweet came from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: A message for »

A word from Stephen Knott

Featured imageStephen Knott is professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College and the coauthor of a new book on the relationship between George Washington, the indispensable man, and Alexander Hamilton, an indomitable genius among the founders. We invited Professor Knott to write something that would allow us to bring the book to the attention of Power Line readers. Professor Knott has graciously responded with this message: Washington and »

The Weak in Pictures: Putin Clocks Obama Edition

Featured imageThere are times when President Obama looks weak, and then there are times when President Obama looks like he’s on the other side. Has a president ever been so humiliated by the actions of an adversary? Putin must wonder how pathetic Obama and his team really are. I expect he’ll send along a “reset” button some day. He’s already resetting the Soviet-era hegemony over parts of Eastern Europe and the »

Power Line Visits Grand Rapids, Celebrates Gerald Ford

Featured imageI’m just back from a whirlwind day and a half in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I took in the annual meeting of the State Policy Network and delivered a few brief remarks at the Roe Award dinner Thursday night. I was present at one of the early meetings of SPN in the late 1980s with the late Tom Roe of South Carolina. He had a vision to spread a network »

Well, Rats: Oceans Not Dying After All

Featured imageOne of the leading talking points of the climatistas is that we’re going to turn to oceans into giant acid vats that will melt your toes off if we don’t turn over our car keys to Al Gore. Well, Science magazine this week reports a whole lot of cold salt water on the theory. Here’s the full squib: Resilience of the oceans revealed   Shahid Naeem Earth will witness a massive »

How Rand Paul Got Trumped [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageBack in the old days when Jerry Taylor was at the Cato Institute, he used to bust my chops regularly and mercilessly for the slightest tergiversation from free market orthodoxy. But as he’s a really smart guy, and because his boisterously astringent style is so much fun, I never minded being on the receiving end. Nowadays Jerry has become some kind of low grade climatista, and is plumping for a »

After Seven Recovery Summers…

Featured imageThe last recession officially ended, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, in June 2009. By now, September 2015, we should be in the middle, or perhaps the later stages, of an economic boom, having enjoyed years of strong economic growth, job creation and rising private sector incomes. Instead, our economy has never exited the recovery stage, and we have just concluded the seventh “recovery summer” of the Obama »

Politicize this

Featured imageEarly Thursday evening, before the dead had been counted, before their bodies were cold, before the relevant facts were known, President Obama chose to make a characteristically obnoxious statement on the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon (video below, text here). Obama’s remarks are deserving of the derision that John heaped on them in “Obama: Never let a mass shooting go to waste.” Why would Obama speak before »

Bipartisan sentencing reform proposal would free gun-carrying felons

Featured imageAs John noted, President Obama barely waited for the blood to dry in Oregon before seizing on the mass shooting at a community college to call for “common sense gun safety laws.” Ironically, at just about the same time a bipartisan group of Senators was introducing criminal sentencing reform legislation that would cause the release from jail of criminals who carried guns while committing drug felonies. As Bill Otis explains, »

Farming In Fear

Featured imageEarlier this week, I attended an event in Michigan that included a screening of a brand-new documentary called Farming In Fear. The film, just 28 minutes long, tells the story of Martha Boneta, who bought a small farm in Virginia and tried to make a go of it by selling produce and so on. She was viciously harassed by a variety of government agencies and environmental groups who evidently intended »

Obama and Guns: Then and Now

Featured imageJohn has already noted Obama’s demagoguery about guns yesterday, where Obama praised the Australian decision 10 years ago to confiscate all guns. (Question: how is that the proposal to deport 11 million illegal aliens is said to be impossible, but confiscation over 300 million guns isn’t? I’m sure the drug gangs will be the first to comply with such a program.) Here’s Obama in 2008: “I just want to be »

Demand hearings on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

Featured imageChuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, calls the newly introduced Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (SRCA) “a landmark piece of legislation.” Julie Stewart, the president of an anti-mandatory minimums organization, calls it, correctly, “the most significant sentencing reform legislation in a generation.” So when do the hearings on this momentous act begin? Never, it appears — unless the demand for them becomes irresistible. As I noted »