Author Archives: John Hinderaker

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 »

Jane Mayer: World’s Worst Hypocrite?

Featured image I wrote here about a new book by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, which continues her vendetta against Charles and David Koch. In her book, as reported and headlined by the New York Times, Mayer breathlessly claims that the brothers’ father, Fred Koch, through a company called Winkler-Koch, designed a portion of an oil refinery that was built in Hamburg, Germany, between 1933 and 1935. What’s the point? There is »

Jane Mayer and the New York Times Dive Into the Gutter

Featured image Jane Mayer of the New Yorker is not just a bad reporter, but a detestable one. She habitually deceives her readers in order to advance a left-wing agenda. One of her most outrageous hit pieces, published in the New Yorker in 2010, focused on Charles and David Koch and was the source for much of the slander that the Left has directed toward them since that time. Now we learn »

The Power Line Show, Episode 31: Jeff Sessions Explains the News

Featured image This morning John, Scott and Steve returned from a holiday hiatus to record Episode 31 of the Power Line Show. Paul couldn’t join in because he had a dentist appointment. Which naturally raised the question: would you rather have a root canal, or be forced to watch tonight’s State of the Union address? We kicked around some of the day’s hottest news stories, including the epidemic of mass sexual assault »

Mass Sexual Assault Covered Up In Sweden, Too

Featured image We wrote here, here and elsewhere about the mass sexual assaults that occurred across Germany, often in conjunction with robberies of young women, on New Year’s eve. All or substantially all of the assaults were committed by Islamic immigrants, in many instances just-admitted “refugees.” It is hard to say which is more appalling, the mass sexual assaults or the efforts by Germany’s officials at all levels to cover them up. »

Will Supreme Court Deal a Major Blow to Public Sector Unions? [Updated]

Featured image Public sector unions are probably, nationwide, the number one obstacle to progress. Today a critically important case relating to public employee unions, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, was argued in the Supreme Court. My colleague Kim Crockett, who works with me at the Center of the American Experiment, is a leading voice in Minnesota on employee freedom. She was at the Supreme Court this morning to support Rebecca Friedrichs and »