Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Until Now, the Only Goats In Minnesota Were Field Goal Kickers

Featured image How do they control weeds in Minneapolis parks? Mostly, they don’t: park employees just mow them along with the grass. But for some invasive species, the city has been using Roundup, the world’s most common herbicide. Anti-herbicide activists don’t like that, and they showed up in force at a recent Park Board meeting to demand alternatives: The Minneapolis Park Board is considering two new tactics in the battle against weeds »

Reporting From Down Under

Featured image If you have wondered why I haven’t been posting much lately, it is because I have fled to Australia to escape the U.S. presidential election am visiting my daughter and her husband, who are living in Melbourne. We are having a wonderful time and mostly are on vacation from the news. Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station: Melbourne from a bridge on the Yarra River: If Australians have much interest in politics »

Does Trump’s Trade Talk Make Sense?

Featured image Donald Trump isn’t the only one, but he, more insistently than anyone else these days, promotes the idea that the U.S. has made a series of bad trade deals, as a result of which great jobs have been “lost” to other countries. He, as president, will somehow bring them back. Manhattan Contrarian offers what I think is a more realistic view: [In a recent interview,] what Trump did was repeat, »

November and Beyond: My Crystal Ball [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Predictions are difficult, especially about the future, as Yogi Berra reputedly said. (The quote is also attributed, perhaps more reliably, to Niels Bohr.) But when has that ever stopped anyone? A few months ago a Norwegian newspaper columnist named Frank Rossavik interviewed me for a book he is writing about American politics. As a follow-up, he emailed me some questions about Donald Trump and the current election, which I answered »

The Terrorist Battlefield Is Wide

Featured image Here in the U.S, serious issues of national security have mostly been forgotten in the tragicomedy of our presidential election–which, God help us, still has nearly eight months to go. In Israel, however, life and death is a constant preoccupation. Since the current round of terrorist attacks began in October, around 30 Israelis have been murdered. Tuvia Weissman, a 21-year-old IDF soldier, was one of them. Last month, he was »

Who Attacked Donald Trump?

Featured image A scary incident occurred yesterday at a Donald Trump event in Dayton, Ohio. A man rushed the stage, coming from behind Trump. His intent was unclear, but there was every reason to assume he intended to injure or kill Trump. He was quickly stopped and led away by Secret Service agents: The man was identified as Thomas (“Tommy”) DiMassimo. He is a leftist, of course. Early on, the Trump camp »

Parties, the Convention, and Trump

Featured image Donald Trump’s populist uprising has, for some, cast the parties and their somewhat Byzantine nomination procedures in the role of anti-democratic anachronism. Ross Douthat sticks up for the parties: As Donald Trump attempts to clamber to the Republican nomination over a still-divided opposition, there will be a lot of talk about how all these rules and quirks and complexities are just a way for insiders to steal the nomination away »

The RINO In the Race

Featured image Donald Trump has virtues along with his vices, but being a Republican is not one of them. He has mostly been a registered Democrat, he says he agrees with the Democrats on most issues, he has contributed primarily to Democratic candidates, he has praised Hillary Clinton lavishly while viciously slandering George W. Bush. Many things Trump may be, but a Republican is not one of them, nor a conservative, either–not »

Obama’s CIA Director Is Opposed to Spying

Featured image Unbelievable, but true: President Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan, doesn’t think the agency should engage in spying. He finds espionage unsavory, apparently. John Sipher, a former member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service and a recipient of the agency’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, explains: In what was otherwise a thoughtful interview with National Public Radio last week, CIA Director John Brennan expressed his personal view that the CIA should be »

For Once, I Am On Trump’s Side

Featured image Today far-left protesters disrupted a Donald Trump rally in St. Louis: Trump’s St. Louis rally was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, and police said 31 people were arrested and charged with general peace disturbance. One person arrested outside the event was charged with third-degree assault. Trump berated and ridiculed the disruptive protesters from the stage, as well he should: “They’re allowed to get up and interrupt us horribly and we have »

The Obama Administration’s Idea of a Crime…

Featured image …is not, apparently, violating federal laws and regulations and State Department procedures in a manner that exposes thousands of classified documents to our enemies. No, that isn’t the sort of conduct that is likely to draw an indictment from Loretta Lynch’s Department of Justice. Obama’s DOJ is more interested in trying to jail scientists who point out the rather obvious flaws in the government’s desperate effort to convince Americans that »

Does Tax Policy Matter?

Featured image The think tank that I run, Center of the American Experiment, released a paper today titled “Minnesotans on the Move to Lower Tax States 2016.” We held a press conference at Minnesota’s Capitol building to announce the report’s release, and it has garnered considerable coverage on television, radio and in newspapers across Minnesota. The report, based entirely on Internal Revenue Service data, found that in 2014 Minnesota lost a net »

A Bald Eagle Before Breakfast

Featured image It wasn’t long ago when bald eagles were an endangered species. More recently, you might see one, on rare occasions, on a lake in northern Minnesota. In recent years, they have multiplied to the point where sightings on the way to work are no rarity. This was a first, however. I was heading toward my garage this morning to leave for a breakfast meeting when I caught a glint of »

NPR and Harvard Say: Obamacare Is a Complete Failure

Featured image National Public Radio collaborated with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to survey Americans’ recent experience with health care. As to the Affordable Care Act, the survey’s findings are damning. They suggest that Obamacare has been worse than a complete waste of money. This is the survey’s only question directly on Obamacare. Most respondents say that Obamacare hasn’t affected them; where it has »

Should Conservatives Abandon the Supply Side?

Featured image The iconic moment for conservatives of my generation was the Reagan tax cuts of the early 1980s. Those supply-side cuts fueled a boom whose ripples are still felt today, and refuted liberal economic theories once and for all. Much has happened since then; taxes have gone up and down. But a common denominator is that whenever federal income taxes have been cut, they have also been made more progressive. The »

Oberlin Has Finally Had Enough

Featured image Oberlin, a notoriously liberal private college in Ohio, is best known for numbering Michelle Malkin among its alumni. Currently, Oberlin employs Joy Karega as a professor in its rhetoric and composition department. Ms. Karega has been characterized as an anti-Semite, which at least partly covers the case. She is in hot water because of social media posts like these: So ISIS is an Israeli front group. As was Charlie Hebdo, »

Trump: Flying Or Falling?

With all that he has going against him, it is remarkable that the Trump phenomenon has lingered as long as it has. Trump is a classic “message” candidate: most people support him not because they actually want him to be president and thereby implement specific policies, but rather to send a message to…someone. Message candidates tend to fade, as Trump appears to be doing now. Michael Ramirez suggests that SuperTrump »