Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Federal Bureaucracies: Incompetent, Corrupt, Or Both?

Featured image The saga of Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service is almost unbelievable. After “joking” years ago that he would audit his enemies, it turned out that Obama’s minions were in fact delaying or blocking routine applications for 501(c) status by conservative organizations, in order to help the Democratic Party. When Congress tried to investigate, the Obama administration stonewalled at every turn. Evidence mysteriously disappeared and the key player in the scheme, »

For President, Marco Rubio

Featured image As regular readers know, I have long been a fan of Marco Rubio, the original anti-establishment Tea Party rebel. I don’t claim to be a personal friend, but I have interviewed Rubio quite a few times, have worked with him in various circumstances, and think very highly of him. He was in town yesterday morning for a breakfast fundraiser. Afterward, he was gracious enough to give me a few minutes »

The Latest Immigration Scandal: Overstayed Visas

Featured image Yesterday the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency issued a report titled “Entry/Exit Overstay Report, Fiscal Year 2015.” The report is limited in scope: it relates only to overstays of individuals admitted as temporary visitors for business or pleasure. It does not include overstays of visa categories like students or workers on H-1B or H-2B visas, and it covers only one year. Nevertheless, the figures are staggering. The Border Protection »

Trump: I love Obama, Can’t Stand the Tea Party. Sarah Palin Doesn’t Mind

Featured image Jim Geraghty dives down the memory hole to remind us what Donald Trump was saying just a few short years ago, in an interview with Larry King: April 15, 2009 is largely seen as the birth date of the Tea Party movement. Here’s what Trump was saying that day about President Obama: TRUMP: Well, I think he’s sort of a guy that just has a wonderful personality, a good speaker, »

Celebrity: The Currency of the 21st Century

Featured image Manny Pacquiao was a great fighter. In his heyday, he was a one-man hurricane, tirelessly throwing punches from every possible angle. I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like the fury of Pacquiao in his prime. Those days are gone, due to age and, perhaps, to an enhanced drug testing regime, but Manny, a shadow of his former self, can still sign lucrative boxing deals. And he is »

Sweden’s Immigration Cover-Up

Featured image All across Europe, the cover-up is unravelling. For ideological reasons, and to a lesser degree due to misguided economic theories, Western Europe’s elites have pretended that importing millions of Muslims from countries ranging from Morocco to Afghanistan raises no issues and creates no problems. That this is untrue has been obvious for a long time, starting with the Turkish “guest workers” who never leave. But recent events have ripped the »

Obama: Always Wrong, Never In Doubt

Featured image It seems incredible, but the Democrats are promoting the idea that the Obama administration represents a sort of economic triumph, comparable to Ronald Reagan’s 1980s boom or Bill Clinton’s 1990s stock market rise (putting aside the crash that ended the decade). Absent mass hypnosis, this will be a tough sell. Dan Mitchell takes a scalpel to the Democrats’ attempt at revisionist history (numerous links omitted): In a 2014 study for »

Barack Obama and the Hall of Fame of Straw Men

Featured image Barack Obama is famous for the false choice: time after time, he posits only two alternatives, one of which is his preferred course while the other option is an obvious straw man, sometimes a course that has never been advocated by anyone. Today’s statement on the release of four prisoners by Iran (in exchange for our release of captured Iranians) is a classic of the genre. Obama began by describing »

How Liberal Policies Hurt the Middle Class, Low Wage Earners and Minorities

Featured image In my new capacity as President of the Center of the American Experiment, I have instituted a program of quarterly lunch events. The theme of the programs this year–and maybe for years to come–is how liberal policies hurt the middle class, low wage earners and minorities. Our first event will be on February 18, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Our speaker will be Jason Riley of the Wall »

Dueling Temperature Charts, But Where’s the Data?

Featured image Steve wrote here about the global temperature chart that presented conventional data in a normal way, and therefore aroused the ire of climate alarmists, who deemed the graph “misleading” because it didn’t look scary enough: At Watts Up With That?, Dr. C. R. Dickson reviews the controversy over the chart: This graph supposedly hides global warming because the small increases in temperatures aren’t obvious. An online article in The Huffington »

Obama’s Iran Policy, Explained

Featured image Many, including us, have criticized John Kerry and other members of the Obama administration for praising effusively Iran’s treatment of captured U.S. sailors. We and many others have pointed out that, far from meriting praise and thanks, Iran’s humiliation of the captured sailors, including filming videos of them in submissive postures and forcing one of the sailors to apologize for intruding on Iranian waters, along with forcing the lone female »

Debate Night Post Mortem

Featured image I don’t think a lot of minds were changed by last night’s GOP presidential debate. That was the impression I got following the action on Power Line Live, and the impression was reinforced this morning hosting the Laura Ingraham show. I may have thought Trump had an off night–his attempt to smear Ted Cruz with a “birther” theory was embarrassing–but his supporters are undaunted. The exchange between Trump and Cruz »

Before the Main Debate, a Fiorina Tuneup

Featured image As we wait for the main GOP debate to begin, here is a highlight from Carly Fiorina, who apparently dominated the undercard. Most people are focusing on the zinger she delivered to Hillary Clinton, vis-a-vis Bill, in the clip below. Fair enough, but more significant, I think, is how she went on to couple Hillary and Donald Trump as practitioners of crony capitalism. Other GOP contenders should do the same, »

Media Alert

Featured image This is a guest hosting coup, I think: I will host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow. Gosh, what do you think we will talk about? Right. The show airs live from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern time. Guests will include David Catanese of U.S. News, Larry Kudlow, Ruben Navarrette of the Washington Post and Amber Smith of the Independent Women’s Forum and Concerned Veterans for America. You can go here »

Follow Tonight’s GOP Debate at Power Line Live

Featured image The sixth GOP presidential debate will take place tonight in South Carolina. It will begin at 9 p.m. Eastern and will last for two hours. The debate will be televised on Fox Business Network; you can also stream it on any Salem Media radio station. The main event will be preceded by the second-tier debate at 6 Eastern, which will also be broadcast on Fox Business Network. The main stage »

The Empty Seat at the State of the Union

Featured image Michael Ramirez has a better explanation: You know Obama is a lame duck when Nikki Haley’s responsive speech gets three times the publicity and ten times the controversy of Obama’s snoozer. »

How Badly Has the U.S. Been Humiliated? Let’s Count the Ways [Updated]

Featured image Paul has offered thoughts on the release of the U.S. sailors, all of which I agree with. I want to add a few further observations. The day began with Joe Biden touting the president’s State of the Union speech on CBS. Near the end of his interview, he was asked about the seizure of American sailors by the Iranians (the sailors by then had been released) and specifically, whether there »