Author Archives: Joe Malchow

The Power Line Show, Episode 9: Jay Cost on Political Corruption

Featured image The gang assembled to tape Episode 9 of the Power Line Show this afternoon. I couldn’t make it, but Steve, Paul and Scott all turned up. Their guest was Jay Cost, author of A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption. They finished out the show by discussing the news of the day, including the Brian Williams fiasco, with a fond recollection of Dan Rather, »

Power Line Show Episode 4: Happy New Year’s Eve Eve!

Featured image This afternoon Steve, Paul and I got together to bid farewell to 2014 and usher in the new year. We talked about some of the major news stories of the past twelve months, and made bold predictions for 2015 (in my case, the demise of Obamacare). I think you will find the show entertaining. You can play it right here: Or you can click here to download Episode 4 and »

Two books for Autumn reading

Featured image Two friends have books out this autumn worthy of your attention. No cashmere sweater mysteries here: both of these books, Among the Ruins: Syria Past and Present by Christian Sahner, and Not Guilty: The Unlawful Prosecution of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens by Rob Cary tell us something sort of grim about the modern world. Christian Sahner, who will soon be graduated from Princeton with a Ph. D in Islamic studies, »

Who reads Power Line?

Featured image The brilliant attorney, widely acclaimed good chap, and Socratic radio host Hugh Hewitt. We found ourselves at the same retreat this weekend. And look what he had to say: Hugh would probably also advise that you become a Power Line VIP. Previous installments in “Who reads Power Line.” »

Recovery Over; Was It Good for You?

Featured image Is it possible that the U.S. economic recovery is currently, at this very moment, moving at the fastest pace at which it will ever move? The BEA GDP growth figure for 2Q13 was +1.7%, meaning that the United States economy grew 0.425% over that period. That is about half of what we might like. Bill Gross at PIMCO, among others, has been advancing the proposition that this low-or-no growth is »

Pop Quiz: Does the U.S. have fast internet because of regulation, or in spite of regulation?

Featured image One of the crazy things that you have to believe when you are a liberal is that you can correctly predict which technologies are in need of regulation by the federal government. You will frequently get this wrong in a somewhat inoffensive fashion–see seatbelts, which are potentially idiotic; and airbags, which came along a few years later and are brilliant–causing little more than annoyance and higher prices for companies and »

The Underloved Reginald Heber

Featured image Reginald Heber was from 1823 to 1826, when he died prematurely at age 42, the Anglican Church’s Bishop of Calcutta. He was also a more or less superb lyricist. Although he wrote the “Holy, Holy, Holy” still used on certain days in the Anglican rite, most of his poetic output has been–I don’t want to say lost to the ages, because nothing has been lost. What has happened is that »

Friedrich Engels Was an Entitled Jerk

Featured image Prussian louse Friedrich Engels, you probably recall from an ornery high school history teacher pining for his resurrection, was one of the fathers of communism. That’s a common way to describe Engels, but it’s even more accurate when you recall that Engels bankrolled the perpetually financially floundering Karl Marx. They did co-author The Communist Manifesto together, but the relationship seemed, more or less, to be one in which Engels constantly »

This is the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Reza Aslan

Featured image Thin-frame glasses owner Reza Aslan needs to stock up on Kiehl’s silk groom, because there are a lot of serious photo shoots on the schedule and that just-roughed-up-by-Fox News look does not just happen by itself. Readers may recall the internet clip in which a Fox reporter interviewed Aslan about his new volume, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. The line of argument was: You hew personally »

The Saddest Chart: Young Americans Are Simply Dropping Out

Featured image How might we describe, in general terms, American young adulthood? For anyone inclined to despair of humanity’s future in the postwar period, Americans 25 to 35 have proved the great savior. In Greece, they’re eating mother’s moussaka. In France, they are in les rues wearing tight t-shirts and protesting unfair tuition prices. In Russia, they are drunk. In America, they’re working incredibly hard to get ahead. As though ahead were »

We Built This!

Featured image Just kidding. Power Line wouldn’t exist without the Government Internet upon which it is transmitted and the Government Roads we drive on to buy our Government MacBooks and consequently our true and deepest thanks belong to the Public Servants who moved upon the waters to create this amazing American system of spontaneous centralized capital bestowal. But we’re nevertheless grateful also to you, our readers. We haven’t boasted much, but more »

A certain voodoo priest

Featured image As the election nears, beware zombies. That’s the lesson from Bob Hope in the 1940 film The Ghost Breakers. Herewith, perhaps the greatest line from a movie of all time. But one wonders: who is the voodoo priest? »

Open Thread Friday at Power Line!

Featured image Ever since we launched the latest version of Power Line, we’ve been extremely pleased to see a bustling community of readers filling our pages with comments and debate. We also are aware of a certain degree of, ahem, trolling going on–but we’ve decided that the specter of our witty readers going to battle against trolls resembled something like Thermopylae, with the result that we’ve allowed you to go about your »

Postcard from the Island of Individual Mandates

Featured image Readers may be aware that Pope Benedict made a visit to Cuba last week. It was the first pontifical visit to that island nation since 1998, when John Paul II visited and prompted Fidel Castro to relax his government’s imaginary grip on the faiths of its people. Since the Communist revolution in 1959, Cuba has been officially atheist. It’s just one example, in a place full of them, of an »

On the sidewalks of New York

Featured image All morning, New York police and firefighters–who in their regalia blues were today’s de facto hosts–and families and friends of victims gathered downtown for the tenth remembrance of the 9/11 attacks. It took place under the shadow of the new and rising 1 World Trade Center. Here are some images from today. »

Scenes from Irene

Featured image Irene has passed Washington, D.C., which is as far west of New York as it is south, and therefore only ever saw the storm’s liminal rain and winds. (This was enough to cause blackouts for millions of homes in the suburbs–including Steven Hayward’s–but so far as I can tell, proper D.C. never once lost electricity. It must have been the President’s slick subterranean hurricane command center, its electronic eye draping »

Bush Administration: Right After All! Again.

The Emily Litella Presidency continues: The Obama administration insists it has no obligation to provide access to a top secret document in a [warrantless] wiretapping case, setting up a showdown next week with the judge who ordered it released. … The judge has ordered department lawyers to appear before his court Wednesday to make the case why he should not award damages to the now-defunct Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain »