Fuse Lit on the Pension Time Bomb, and the Next Tax Revolt?

Featured image One thing conspicuously missing from both party conventions is any talk of government debt and deficits. Even Democrats usually acknowledge grudgingly that our deficits are a time bomb waiting to go off, though this is usually in service of their Great White Whale obsession, which is to raise taxes on Great White Males. So it is with considerable interest that I note the increasing visibility of the real-time collapse of »

The Power Line Show, Episode 40: DNC First Reads, Scott Pumps Iron with Charlie Rangel, and Yuval Levin

Featured imageTune in for Episode #40 of the Power Line Show, which offers our reactions and analysis to the first night of the Democratic National Convention as well as reflections on Trump’s coronation last week; also, we rib Scott Johnson for running away to a Trump-branded health spa in Florida that did not offer Trump steaks, but did offer Scott the opportunity to exercise with legendary Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel. Finally, »

Guess who filled in for Wasserman Schultz yesterday

Featured imageIf you said Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, you understand the modern Democratic party very well. Rawlings-Blake formally opened the proceedings in place of the deposed Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Readers will recall that, as rioting commenced in Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake stated: It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave »

Michael Jordan Speaks Out

Featured imageRetired basketball player Michael Jordan has long been criticized by some on the Left for his refusal to be a political activist. He probably has had political opinions over the years, but as far as I know he has resolutely kept them to himself. Yesterday, however, Jordan broke his long silence on racial and political matters with an open letter: As a proud American, a father who lost his own »

In Normandy, ISIS “soldiers” slit priest’s throat, take nuns hostage

Featured imageThe Democrats declined to mention ISIS (or even terrorism) one time during the 61 speeches delivered on opening day of their convention, but the “jayvee” remains active nonetheless. Armed men (believed to be two in number) shouting “Allah Akbar” stormed a church in France during morning mass today. ISIS promptly declared that its “soldiers” carried out the attack. The church is in Normandy, near the gorgeous city Rouen — “the »

He (she) who gets booed

Featured imageI doubt that anyone, Republican or Democrat, watched the entire session of the Democratic convention yesterday, except for those who are paid to. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post is paid to report, from a leftist perspective, on the human comedy. Thus, he apparently watched the whole thing. Here, from Milbank’s column, is a list of folks who were booed yesterday when they mentioned Hillary Clinton’s name. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen »

The Wages of “Reform”

Featured imageWhile the Democratic Party left is agitating to get rid of the unbound “superdelegates” that made it virtually impossible for Bernie Sanders to hope to overtake Hillary Clinton, I expect a move from Republicans to adopt the Democrats’ superdelegate scheme for the next election cycle, especially if Trump loses. But this is only a part of a larger story about our time, which is the dangerous weakness of party establishments. »

Bernie shouts the case for Clinton in dark speech

Featured imageBernie Sanders made the socialist case for Hillary Clinton tonight. It’s a strong case that should persuade his rational supporters. Fortunately, for Donald Trump, it may well be that many Sanders supporters are irrational. Sanders’ address was preceded by a speech by Elizabeth Warren and an introduction by Keith Ellison. Before that, Michelle Obama spoke. I didn’t hear her speech, but assume she was good. She always is. Warren’s speech »

Academic Atrocity of the Week: I Have No Idea. . .

Featured imageEven I, steeled as I am in academic absurdity, had to wonder whether this article from Qualitative Inquiry wasn’t a Sokal-style hoax: The A/Un/grammatical Child/hood/s and Writing Nature/Culture Edusemiotic Entangling With Affective Outside Encounters and Sustainability Events to Come Anne B. Reinertsen, Queen Maud University College,Trondheim, Norway Abstract This is about creating new ontologisations of sustainable child/hood/s and/as exceeding forms of contracts between generations through experimenting with bodily affects and »

Chappaquiddick movie heads towards production

Featured imageLast December, John wrote about the plan to make a movie about the Chappaquiddick scandal. It was at Chappaquiddick where Ted Kennedy, who was drunk, drove a young campaign worker off a bridge to her death, failed to take reasonable steps that might have saved her, and tried to cover up his culpability. The notion of Hollywood going through with such a project struck me as implausible. It’s easy enough »

Kaine vs. Pence

Featured imageI had no idea Mike Pence was such a reactionary. Consider some of his past positions, as reported by NR’s Jim Geraghty: “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and that marriage is a uniquely valuable institution that must be preserved.” “I supported reducing sales tax on food and prescription drugs. I supported tax reform that eliminated the marriage penalty, reduced everyone’s income tax, and took »

Loose Ends, Convention Style

Featured image• There were numerous reports last night that it was impossible to find any American flags displayed in the Democratic convention hall, even though Michelle Obama conspiciously reversed her 2008 position that she was proud of her country for the first time, to saying now that America was always great. (Or maybe the text said she thought America was always grate?) Anyway, while the American flag was missing, apparently the »

Transformation, bedtime style

Featured imageStudents of ancient history may recall that in February 2008, campaigning for Barack Obama, Michelle Obama proclaimed: “Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country, because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” Before the ascent of Barack Obama, in other words, she happily disclosed, she wasn’t really proud of the United States. It was a »

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Will the Wheels Come Off?

Featured imageAt the moment, the Democratic Convention is in recess. So far, it has been a rocky day for the Dems. Bernie Sanders’ supporters have indicated that they are not appeased by the firing of Debbie Wasserman Schultz: when Hillary’s name has been mentioned, they have booed. Outside the convention hall, this is what Sanders voters are saying: Remember how outraged media commentators were when Republican convention delegates chanted “lock her »

The Chart-Topping DNC Email?

Featured imageLots of the DNC emails are getting scrutiny, but this one jumped out at me as the most revealing: And liberals wonder why we think they have a death wish and sympathize with our enemies. »

Let’s Pile On: Re-Create ’68?

Featured imageThe conventional wisdom about conventions was that the Republican convention would be a fraught and contentious affair, possibly with major protests in the street, while the Democratic convention would be a smooth affair now that Bernie had officially capitulated to Hillary. The first aspect of the GOP convention (contention in the hall) lived up to billing, but the protests fizzled out. As John notes immediately below, it now it looks »