Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Koch Industries Responds to Whitehouse and Waxman

Featured image I wrote here and elsewhere about Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Henry Waxman’s letter to Koch Industries, demanding information about Koch’s purported role in the Keystone Pipeline. The letter was based on a story in the Washington Post, which I discredited here, here and elsewhere. Yesterday, Koch Industries’ General Counsel, Mark Holden, responded to Whitehouse and Waxman. His letter is reproduced below; click to enlarge: The Democrats’ effort to shore »

What Goes Around, Comes Around: Hillary Ducks a Shoe

Featured image Remember how much the Democrats loved it when George W. Bush was doing a speech or press conference in Iraq, and a jihadist who had slipped into the audience threw a shoe at him? Bush dodged the shoe with an athletic move, but the liberals ate it up. Well, eventually the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak, and tonight Hillary Clinton was addressing a trade group in »

Dueling Budgets In the House: Which One Is Extreme?

Featured image Today the House of Representatives voted on the budget that came out of its Budget Committee–the Paul Ryan Budget, as it is often known in the press. The budget, which would put the United States on a path toward fiscal sustainability, passed by a vote of 219-205. No Democrats voted to move toward a balanced budget and start dealing with our $17 trillion debt. On the other hand, a few »

House Republicans Vote to Hold Lerner In Contempt; Eric Holder’s Thoughts Are Elsewhere

Featured image Yesterday Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Today, the House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. It was a straight party line vote, indicating that Democrats have no problem with the Obama administration’s corruption of the IRS to serve its political purposes. Presumably the full House will next vote to hold Lerner »

My Questions to Juliet Eilperin, and a Message to Jeff Bezos

Featured image Over the last few minutes, I sent the following four tweets to Washington Post reporter/Democratic Party propagandist Juliet Eilperin: Why won’t you answer my questions about whether your false reporting on Keystone is coordinated with the Democratic Party? You know perfectly well that Keystone has nothing to do with Koch. Why do you perpetrate a lie, along with Whitehouse and Waxman? You know that Keystone would damage Koch economically. Why »

The Washington Post Is Still Stonewalling

Featured image It is now 20 days since Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson published their infamous hit piece that tried to fool readers into believing that the Keystone Pipeline, the bete noire of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, is somehow all about Koch Industries, which has nothing to do with the pipeline and would, in fact, be damaged by it economically. It is 14 days since Sheldon Whitehouse and »

The IRS Scandal Nears a Climax

Featured image Today’s headlines are all about the IRS: Darrell Issa’s committee has released emails that show Democratic staffers from the House’s Government Oversight and Reform Committee communicating with the IRS about True the Vote, an anti-voter fraud organization that the Democrats wanted to suppress, in 2012 and 2013. It appears that Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking Democrat and therefore the Congressman to whom these staffers reported, may have lied during a »

The Obama Administration Lies About Hurricanes

Featured image Whether human activity significantly influences the Earth’s climate is a matter of opinion, but it is a simple, undeniable fact that there has been no increase in extreme weather events, either globally or in the U.S., in recent years. Even the IPCC, the U.N.’s corps of true climate change believers, admits that this is true. Hurricanes, for example, have been counted, tracked and measured for many years. There has been »

The Washington Post Corrects, Disingenuously

Featured image On March 20, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Julie Eilperin, the import of which was that Koch Industries is the driving force behind the Keystone Pipeline. The article, based entirely on a six-month-old report by a far-left group called the International Forum on Globalization that I demolished last October, was headlined, “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s »

The Numbers Are In: Obamacare Causes Health Insurance Costs to Skyrocket

Featured image Morgan Stanley has reported on its quarterly survey of insurance brokers, and Scott Gottlieb of Forbes sums up the depressing findings: Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. … The average increases are in excess of 11% in the small group market and 12% in the individual market. Some states show »

Obamacare Steams Toward the Iceberg

Featured image There are several reasons why Michael Ramirez is America’s best editorial cartoonist. One is that he is an excellent artist. This drawing not only sums up brilliantly the absurdity of the Democrats’ claim of success for Obamacare–we have entrapped 7 million people in our lousy program!–it is also beautiful. Click to enlarge: »

Is There a Market For Stupidity?

Featured image The single worst thing any government can do is try to control prices. The result of price controls, always and everywhere, is disaster. At PJ Media, Richard Fernandez sets forth the sad history of price controls in Venezuela under Chavez and Maduro. There is lots more, but here are some excerpts: In September 2013 the Guardian wrestled with a mystery. “‘No one can explain why a rich country has no »

Chuck Schumer: I Was For the Koch Brothers Before I Was Against Them

Featured image Chuck Schumer has joined Harry Reid in obsessive attacks on Charles and David Koch and their company, Koch Industries. Yesterday Schumer told Politico that the Democrats’ attacks on the Koch brothers are paying off politically, and they intend to continue them. He described the brothers’ “real agenda”: They’re spending $40, $50 million in ads that are not focused on their real agenda, which is just eliminating all regulation on corporations, »

Voters Still Hate Obamacare

Featured image The Democrats hope that the supposed success of signing up 7 million Obamacare participants will blunt the potency of the issue in November. If this Rasmussen survey is any indication, however, they have a long way to go: Unfavorable opinions of the new national health care law are at their highest level in several months, while the number who think the quality of care in this country will get worse »

New Study: Concealed Carry Deters Murder

Featured image Economist Mark Gius has a new study in the journal Applied Economics Letters that bears on the gun control debate. Gius finds that permissive concealed carry laws (generally, “shall issue”) result in a lower rate of homicide involving firearms. Conversely, state-level assault weapons bans have no statistically significant effect on the homicide rate involving guns. This is the abstract: The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects »

Can the Democrats Run Against the Koch Brothers?

Featured image Led by Harry Reid, the Democrats have tried to turn the Koch brothers into an election issue. This has struck us, like most observers, as a dubious strategy. But the Democrats aren’t giving up: they are now broadening what had previously been inside baseball, using Koch to rile up their base, to a general election strategy in which they run ads directly attacking the brothers. In the New York Times, »

Global Warming Hysteria: A Retrospective

Featured image At the Telegraph, Christopher Booker provides a succinct narrative of the rise and fall of global warming alarmism: When future generations come to look back on the alarm over global warming that seized the world towards the end of the 20th century, much will puzzle them as to how such a scare could have arisen. They will wonder why there was such a panic over a 0.4 per cent rise »