Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Trump’s Triumphant Trip to Mexico

Featured image Lately, Donald Trump seems to be recovering his momentum. After appearing mostly flat-footed since the GOP convention, he is back to his old table-upsetting self–today, with a quick trip to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto. The meeting implicitly gave Trump the status of a head of state, and much of the news coverage, like this headline at CNN, puts a positive spin on Trump’s mission: Of course »

State Fair

Featured image The Minnesota State Fair is one of the world’s great social gatherings. It is, by common consent, the most remarkable fair of them all. And, at a time when one might think that cultural currents are moving in a direction antithetical to such traditional entertainments, the Minnesota Fair is booming, more than ever. So it makes sense that my think tank, Center of the American Experiment, will have a substantial »

Do Liberal Policies Produce Economic Growth? No

Featured image That might seem obvious. But liberals don’t admit that their policies are the path to poverty. Rather, they claim that the bluest states are the most prosperous. In that regard, Minnesota is often Exhibit A. Minnesota’s well-educated, healthy, socially conservative, hard-working population, combined with the state’s rich and diverse natural resources, have historically produced a strong economy. Liberals try to take credit for those good qualities, attributing whatever success the »

Warmest Temperatures *Ever*?

Featured image We are bombarded with claims that some month or year (e.g., 2016) is the “warmest ever.” But what does that mean? We are living in a relatively cool era. Temperatures today are lower than they have been something like 90% of the time since the last Ice Age ended 12,000 or so years ago. In fact, “ever” means since approximately the 1880s, when thermometer records became widespread. As it happens, »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 Eastern time. I think Laura may be off prepping Donald Trump for the debates, but I am not sure about that. We will have some excellent guests, including Larry Kudlow, Michael Barone, Kelli Ward and Niger Innis. And I am still hoping to book one of radio’s premier guests, Steve Hayward. You can go here to »

Of EpiPens and Weasels

Featured image Mylan NV has been taking a lot of abuse for sharply raising the price of its popular EpiPen. The Wall Street Journal explains the background on the price increase. It isn’t, as I would have assumed, a case of patent protection. The patent on epinephrine ran out years ago. Rather, it turns out that keeping the anti-allergy dose sterile is difficult and expensive. Mylan’s competitors have had a hard time »

Annals of Government Medicine

Featured image At the Telegraph, Simon Heffer reviews the condition of Britain’s National Health Service after 68 years and finds: “The NHS will simply collapse unless politicians have the courage to reform it.” According to Government figures, the £437 million spent in the first year of the NHS’s existence in 1948-49 is equivalent to £15 billion today. Yet the UK total spent on the NHS is now £116.4 billion, £101.3 billion of which is spent »

Why Isn’t the Economy the Issue?

Featured image At the New York Post, Carl Campanile and Danika Fears make a good point: “Hillary, Trump too busy insulting each other to focus on Obama’s weak economy.” Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are too busy trading barbs on hot-button topics like race and immigration to discuss the economy, which has slowed to a crawl under President Obama’s watch. “The numbers are bad. There should be a concern about the weakness »

Back to the Bad Old Days

Featured image Sometimes it feels like we are re-living the worst of the 1960s. The latest headache-inducing news comes from Colin Kaepernick, a once-promising quarterback whose career now appears to be in decline. As explained by the National Football League, Kaepernick has decided not to stand for the National Anthem as a protest against America’s “oppression” of people of color: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy »

Greenfail Number–What Are We Up To Now? Ethanol

Featured image From the Telegraph, a report on a new study that finds “Biofuels are ‘worse than petrol’ for the environment.” “Green” biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are in fact worse for the environment than petrol, a landmark new study has found. This, of course, assumes that emitting CO2 is bad. The alternative energy source has long been praised for being carbon-neutral because the plants it is made from absorb carbon »

Who Made America Hate Again?

Featured image I don’t think we have said much about Hillary Clinton’s speech in which she denounced Donald Trump as a racist of the “alt-right,” thereby confusing, no doubt, most of her audience. Much could be said about Hillary’s smears–a Republican racist running for president? Not again!–but I want to comment on just one aspect of it: her claim that “the billionaire businessman’s campaign [is] one that will ‘make America hate again.'” »

One Man’s Disaster Is Another Man’s Bogey

Featured image Barack Obama has more or less given up any pretense of interest in his constitutional duties. Reportedly, he intends to become the first billionaire ex-president. If he has been watching Hillary Clinton and learning from her example, he shouldn’t have any problem attaining that goal. Meanwhile, as his days in office dwindle away, Louisiana has been struck by flooding. Well aware that the floods would be of no interest to »

Obama’s Iran Policy Continues to Pay Dividends

Featured image From the first days of his administration, Barack Obama has sought to promote an alliance of sorts between the U.S. and Iran’s mullahs, and to build Iran up as a regional power. It is not hard to imagine what the Iranians thought of Obama’s repeated overtures. You might think the mullahs would show some gratitude for the $100 billion (or whatever the amount has turned out to be) that the »

Hillary’s Emails and Clinton Cash: the Scandals Come Together

Featured image If you feel that you are hopelessly behind on the news regarding Hillary Clinton’s many breaches of security through her home-brew server as well as the Clinton Cash pay-to-play scandal, in which Hillary more or less auctioned off the State Department, Glenn Reynolds’ latest USA Today column is a good way to catch up. Back in July, Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “there is »

Has Trump Blown the Immigration Issue?

Featured image Through the primary season, illegal immigration was Donald Trump’s signature issue. He loudly promised to deport the millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S., and build a high wall that would keep out future unlawful entrants. I don’t think there is much doubt that it was Trump’s seemingly strong position on immigration that propelled him to the front of the Republican race. But recently, Trump has softened his comments on »

Back From the North Country

Featured image You might have noticed that I have been gone for a while. My family went up North for four days to Lake Vermilion, our preferred North Woods getaway for more than 25 years. My only contribution in absentia was a Drudge link to this post on Donald Trump’s progress as a presidential candidate. Click to enlarge: Is a Drudge link exciting? Let’s put it this way: the traffic that a »

The State Department as Protection Racket

Featured image Paul wrote yesterday about the Huma Abedin emails discovered by Judicial Watch that show a pattern of corruption, whereby donors to the Clinton Foundation, the Clintons’ personal slush fund, got access to Secretary of State Clinton for help with their problems or priorities. Today the Associated Press follows up with a systematic and devastating analysis of Hillary’s calendar at the State Department: More than half the people outside the government »