Author Archives: John Hinderaker

How Are the Democrats Like Hollywood?

Featured image In this way, for one: they have figured out how to make childishness pay. I have highlighted, from time to time, the low-grade emails that the Democratic Party uses to fire up, and seek donations from, its supporters. To put it gently, the party’s communications suggest that its leaders believe most Democrats are stupid. Currently, the Democrats are using John Boehner’s plan to sue President Obama, seeking a judicial declaration »

Voters Blame Obama, Bush Equally for Iraq Crisis

Featured image That is what Rasmussen Reports finds, anyway: Voters are evenly divided over whether it was the actions and policies of George W. Bush or Barack Obama that have contributed more to the crisis in Iraq today, but the current administration gets lackluster reviews for its response thus far. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% of Likely U.S. Voters rate the Obama administration’s handling of the situation »

CIS Study: All Growth In Employment Since 2000 Has Gone to Immigrants

Featured image The Center for Immigration Studies released a bombshell report today. You can read the whole thing at the link, but here are a few highlights: Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal). This is remarkable given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the »

Democrats Struggle With How to Ban Free Speech

Featured image We ridiculed here an absurd constitutional amendment that the Democrats proposed in the Senate Judiciary Committee, with the support of 42 Democratic senators. The amendment would give Congress unfettered powers to regulate spending on political campaigns in any way that it chooses. I wrote: Many observers have noted that if the Udall amendment became law, Congress could set ridiculously low contribution and spending levels, so as to virtually guarantee the »

As the Southern Border Burns, the Democrats Fiddle

Featured image It is hard to overstate the disaster that is taking place across our Southern border. Tens of thousands of Central American migrants, at a minimum, have made their way illegally across the Mexican border, lured by promises of amnesty, and no one thinks that they–the overwhelming majority–are ever going to leave. We have no more border, we have no more sovereignty, and this is exactly how liberals want it. Washington’s »

Obama Comes to Minnesota: A Sign of the Times

Featured image President Obama is in Minneapolis today. I know this because half of the city’s principal highways were closed down at rush hour and my commute was a nightmare. Obama will stay overnight and make more appearances tomorrow, so this is a major presidential visit. Much could be said about it–for example, Obama staged a meeting with a “middle-class” woman to show solidarity with those who are oppressed by his policies. »

“GOP Cover-Up Of Space Invasion”

Featured image The Obama administration is awash in scandal, but our “mainstream” media resolutely avert their eyes and whistle a happy tune. As happy a tune as can be mustered under the circumstances, anyway. The great Michael Ramirez sums up the pitiful state of news coverage in this cartoon. What makes it brilliant, of course, is the “mainstream” reaction in the lower right hand corner. Click to enlarge file size: The sad »

The 1st Quarter Decline in GDP: Cold Weather, Or Bad Policy?

Featured image This morning, as Steve noted, the Commerce Department revised its estimate of 1st quarter GDP to show a shocking 2.9% annualized decline. The White House tried to spin the awful numbers, arguing that the drop was largely accounted for by cold weather. (Does this mean that we should look forward to global warming as an economic boon?) But Senator Jeff Sessions got much closer to the heart of the matter »

Media Bias and the Obama Scandals

Featured image We live in a strange time. Historically, reporters and editors have believed that their job is to disseminate news. That is no longer true. Now, most reporters and editors believe that their principal function is to prevent people from learning things they are better off not knowing. Day after day, they run interference for their party, the Democrats. Blockading inconvenient stories from making the news is job number one. Consider »

Evil at the United Nations

Featured image I don’t believe we have written about Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped, apparently by Hamas, while hitchhiking home from school on June 12. [UPDATE: Scott did write about it, see below.] Frankel, 16, is a dual Israeli-American citizen. The boys have not been seen since they were abducted and may or may not be alive. The kidnapping was generally viewed by »

The Brad Pitt of the Republican Party?

Featured image One of our favorite candidates this year is Stewart Mills, who is running for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th District–northern Minnesota–against a weak one-term incumbent, Rick Nolan. We helped launch Stewart’s campaign by promoting his YouTube video in which he argues for 2nd Amendment rights and defends the dreaded “assault rifle.” When we get around to posting this year’s Power Line Pick Six–soon, I hope–Mills will be one of our choices. »

Meanwhile, Obama’s Immigration Disaster Continues

Featured image In any other administration, the debacle unfolding across our Southern border would be dominating the news. But in the Age of Obama, it jostles for attention with a host of other scandals and catastrophes. Tens of thousands of Central Americans–maybe more–have now traversed Mexico and deposited themselves at our border, where they are being whisked into the United States. The migrants endure privation and danger to get here, lured by »

There’s Only One Political Genius in the Clinton Family, and He Isn’t Running

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s book tour has not gone well. In interviews, she has been flustered by the most foreseeable of questions about her record. She whined about how she and Bill emerged from the White House “dead broke,” earning ridicule from, among many others, Mad Magazine: When the backlash struck, Hillary dug the hole deeper by explaining to the Guardian that, with a fortune of a mere $100 million, and delivering »

Restoration Hardware Goes Green

Featured image A few days ago my wife walked into our kitchen and said, “Wow, look at this catalog that just got delivered.” The package, delivered by UPS, was from Restoration Hardware. Weighing in at 12 pounds, it turned out to contain nine separate catalogs: Restoration Hardware apparently anticipated that many would find the delivery of a 12-pound package odd, and some would consider it objectionable. Why? The environment, of course! So »

On the IRS Emails, the Plot Thickens

Featured image It has emerged over the last few days that at the time of Lois Lerner’s hard drive crash, the IRS had a contract with a company called Sonasoft (“Email archiving done right.”) Sonasoft promoted its relationship with the IRS in 2009: “If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to backup their servers why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your servers?” So why doesn’t that solve the problem of the missing »

A Plague On All Their Houses

Featured image Ed Klein, author of The Amateur, an unflattering account of Barack Obama’s presidency, has a new book coming out. It promises to be fun. If you thought the Hatfields and McCoys didn’t like each other, just wait until you read about the Clintons and the Obamas. The New York Post has an excerpt: “I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who »

Was the IRS’s War on Conservatives the Result of Legal Ignorance?

Featured image Carl Levin is widely, and I think correctly, credited with inspiring the IRS to go after conservative non-profits. But Levin’s initiative may have been attributable (along with partisan animus, obviously) to his own failure to understand the applicable law. This March 2013 New York Times article is revealing. Written by Joe Nocera, it is a paean to Levin’s supposedly wonderful service in the Senate. But note how the article concludes: »