Author Archives: John Hinderaker

So Trump Is Our Nominee. It’s Time to Move On.

Featured image As Steve noted a little while ago, lots of conservative leaders (I resist referring to any Republicans as an “establishment,” since the real establishment is overwhelmingly Democratic) are not reacting well to the fact that Donald Trump has won the Republican nomination. Some appear to consider Trump’s victory the end of the conservative movement, or the Republican Party, or both. Today Andy McCarthy wrote “in support of an independent presidential »

Illegal Immigration Booming

Featured image The Hill headlines: “Illegal immigrant numbers skyrocket at Mexican border.” The numbers are simply staggering: The number of families and unaccompanied children apprehended on the southern border has skyrocketed this year, according to new figures from the Obama administration. … Through the first six months of fiscal 2016, which ended on March 31, border officials apprehended 27,754 unaccompanied children, the CBP reported — a 78 percent jump from the 15,616 »

The Obama Justice Department’s Insane Attack on North Carolina

Featured image Of all Barack Obama’s unforgivable sins, his corruption and politicization of the Department of Justice ranks near the top. Under Eric Holder and now Loretta Lynch, DOJ has become a lunatic enforcer of far-left fantasies. The latest instance is DOJ’s letter to the Governor of North Carolina, claiming that North Carolina’s law requiring that bathrooms, locker rooms and so on be used by those of the proper sex–male or female, »

A Rare Foray Into Culture Criticism

Featured image I can put up with just about any Game of Thrones sub-plot, as long as the show eventually gets back to Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. But the current Arya Stark misery, with no name or no face or whatever it is–no eyesight, for sure–needlessly and stupidly sidelines one of the program’s best characters. The story is boring, repetitious and as far as I can tell, going nowhere. We don’t »

Trump Wins Indiana. Cruz Quits Race. It’s Over.

Featured image Today, Donald Trump beat Ted Cruz in Indiana by a whopping 16 points. Trump’s decisive win in Cruz’s presumed bastion was enough; Cruz has suspended his campaign. Last I knew John Kasich was still holding out, sort of like Joe Johnston hanging on briefly in North Carolina after Appomattox. But the race is over. Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. And let’s be fair. He has won going away. »

Why Is Health Care So Much More Expensive Than It Used To Be?

Featured image We don’t normally just steal posts from others, but this one deserves it: Glenn Reynolds writes: ANALYSIS: TRUE. Every Industry Gets Worse When Government Gets Involved. “This is easily provable with Public Choice Theory, and consistently proven in practice.” I would add two points about the chart. First, the increased cost of health care obviously has something to do with the metastasizing administrators. But it also is caused, in part, »

The Labour Party Rot Deepens

Featured image Britain’s Labour Party has been roiled by a series of blatant anti-Semitic incidents involving members of Parliament and other party officials. Now, the Telegraph reports that the publicly announced dismissals of anti-Semites, totaling thirteen, may be only the beginning: Labour has secretly suspended 50 of its members over anti-Semitic and racist comments as officials struggle to cope with the crisis engulfing the party. Senior sources reveal that Labour’s compliance unit »

The Times Does Sports

Featured image Decades ago, when we were college roommates, Paul told me that the New York Times was a vastly overrated newspaper. He considered the Washington Post, his home town paper, to be far superior, in part because the Times sports section was pathetic. Both Paul and I would probably offer different commentary on both papers today, but he was right about the Times sports section, and it hasn’t gotten much better, »

The Reagan Coalition Is Dead. What’s Next For Conservatism?

Featured image Ronald Reagan swept to two landslide victories on the strength of his famous three-legged stool—economic conservatism, social conservatism and an internationalist, hawkish foreign policy. But the elements of the Reagan coalition have been drifting apart for some time, and the alliance now appears to be irretrievably fractured. I was talking recently with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while, and when the conversation turned to politics, he said something »

All Those Years, Prince Was Working for the Government

Featured image Prince probably never thought of himself as a public employee, but it turns out that the main beneficiary of his decades of hard work will be the government. The Heritage Foundation’s Rachel Greszler explains: Although Prince has one full sister and five half-siblings, Prince’s family members will not be his biggest heirs. Both the federal government and Minnesota’s state government will assess so-called “death taxes” or estate taxes on Prince’s »

Hillary Wants to Make It Illegal to Criticize Her

Featured image In an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN yesterday, Hillary Clinton had this to say about the Citizens United decision: I really respect the important point of getting money out of politics. Remember, Citizens United was an attack on me, so I take it very personally and even before Senator Sanders got into the campaign way back in April of last year, I said we are going to reverse Citizens »

The Power Line Show, Episode 34: Back in the Arena!

Featured image The Power Line Show was on hiatus while I toured Australia and the Caribbean. But I’m back now, and yesterday Scott, Steve and I recorded Episode 34 of the Power Line Show. Our guest was Pete Hegseth, an old friend from his days in the military and with Vets For Freedom. Pete’s new book is called In the Arena. He talked about his experiences as a soldier in Guantanamo Bay, »

How Does Hillary Run On a Bad Economy?

Featured image Democrats love to cherry pick statistics to make the case that Barack Obama’s stewardship of our economy has been successful. Obama himself often claims to have saved the world economy from disaster, but how? If anything averted collapse, it was the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which was executed by the Bush administration, for better or worse. If any government measure saved the economy, it was TARP. The “stimulus” bill that »

Will Rioters Hand the Election to Trump?

Featured image I think Donald Trump likely will defeat Hillary Clinton, simply because she is such a terrible candidate. But if the current trend toward anti-Trump riots and violence continues, Trump could win going away. Last night in Orange County, Trump addressed a crowd of thousands. Anti-Trump demonstrators, some waving Mexican flags, attacked policemen and bystanders. The liberal Los Angeles Times reports: Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County »

Cruz a “Miserable Son of a Bitch”? Yes, and Proud Of It!

Featured image A few months ago I asked a Washington insider for the scoop on Ted Cruz. His first words were, “No one likes Ted.” Well, John Boehner certainly doesn’t: The longtime Ohio powerhouse had not been very outspoken on the race since retiring last year, but he held little back when asked about the Texas senator and underdog GOP presidential candidate during a forum at Stanford University. “I have Democrat friends »

Liberal Policies Destroy Small Business

Featured image In my new capacity as President of Minnesota’s think tank, I am paying close attention to the state’s economy. Historically strong and diverse, our economy has been badly weakened by decades of mostly-left-wing governance. Small business has been especially hurt, which is one reason why in 2014, families with household incomes of nearly a billion dollars on net left Minnesota for lower-tax states. An outfit called Thumbtack conducted a nationwide »

Trump vs. Clinton

Featured image I agree with Paul’s assessment of Ted Cruz announcing Carly Fiorina as his running mate. But I would go farther: the move is widely seen as one of desperation, and tends to cement the perception that Cruz’s chance of winning the nomination is slipping away. Fortune’s take was typical. The magazine first headlined, “A Desperate Ted Cruz Tosses a Hail Carly,” which was then softened–a little–to “A Fading Ted Cruz »