Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Democrat Desperation

Featured image Every day, it seems, there are signs of the Democrats’ increasing desperation. They obviously don’t like what they see in the polls and are worried about November. But what to do about it? It would be hard to ratchet up their customary hysteria much higher, so they are reaching deeper into their bag of tricks. One of which–everything old is new again!–is demagoguing Social Security. It is a tried and »

The Democrats: They’re Not a Party, They’re a Crime Wave!

Featured image A lot of Democrats have been making the news lately, and not in a good way. Of course, if you are not an obsessive news junkie, you could have missed it: newspapers (to say nothing of TV network news) tend to go easy on reporting criminal behavior by Democrats. Howie Carr provides an excellent roundup: Last Friday, it was the speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox, »

Add Iowa to the GOP’s Senate Pickup List

Featured image The Democrats’ candidate for the Iowa Senate seat being vacated by Tom Harkin is Bruce Braley. Until Tuesday, Braley was the favorite. But then this video surfaced: Braley raising money from a group of big-ticket plaintiffs’ lawyers in Texas. Apparently a Republican sneaked into the gathering with a camera. Two can play that game! Braley assures the Texas lawyers that he is one of them; he has been “fighting tort »

The Missing Ingredient: Economic Growth

Featured image Unemployment, low wages and lack of opportunity for income advancement dominate discussion of our economy these days. But an obvious ingredient is too often missing from the conversation: economic growth. Growth, the rising tide that lifts all boats, creates more jobs, more wealth, and more opportunities for advancement. The various ills that voters and politicians complain about are all largely the consequence of slow or non-existent growth. This is the »

Media Alert and Schedule Change

Featured image I will be on the Bill Bennett radio show tomorrow morning with guest host Mark Davis at 6:30 Central, 7:30 Eastern, talking about the Washington Post/Keystone scandal. If you don’t know where to find Bennett’s Morning In America show on your radio dial, you can listen online here. Also, Fox & Friends has bumped me from tomorrow to Saturday (same topic). So now I am scheduled to be on at »

Media Alert [Updated With Schedule Change]

Featured image UPDATE: Fox & Friends has bumped me from Friday to Saturday at the same time, 6:15 Eastern, 5:15 Central. This one is for early risers: I will be on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning at 6:50 6:15 a.m. Eastern, talking about the Washington Post/Keystone scandal. That’s assuming my alarm goes off. No response yet to my request for documents from the Post. When I have time in the next day »

Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?

Featured image A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 67: The Naked Episode

Featured image Don’t worry, Brian Ward and I remained fully clothed for this Tuesday evening edition of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience. But we did interview Paul Skousen, author of The Naked Socialist. We talk about what socialism is, why it’s been with us for so long, and why, despite its record of failure, it continues to have a hold on humanity, including a puzzling number of Americans. We also talked about Power Line’s »

World-Famous Bear Trainer Encounters Setback

Featured image Am I the only one who thinks that President Obama’s insistence that Russia seized Crimea out of weakness was one of the most embarrassing moments in recent diplomatic history? Michael Ramirez evaluates the great bear trainer’s performance. Click for larger file size: »

One Liberal Woman’s Experience With Obamacare

Featured image Nancy Wurtzel writes for the Huffington Post, on her own site www.datingdementia.com, and occasionally for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It is safe to assume that she is a liberal; worse, she makes no bones about the fact that what attracted her to Obamacare was the prospect of a subsidy–making someone else pay her bills. So the heartbreak that she experienced trying to get that subsidy via MNSure, Minnesota’s Obamacare plan, »

One More Reason Why the Obama Administration Is the Least Transparent Ever

Featured image The Obama administration has a standard response to all scandals: it stonewalls. Getting information from the administration is like pulling teeth, only slower. Document requests and subpoenas go unanswered, or inadequately answered, for years. So far Obama’s stonewall strategy has worked quite well. After a year or two, a scandal is treated as old news, even though the administration has never produced the information that would allow Congressional committees, reporters »

The Washington Post Responds To Me, and I Reply to the Post

Featured image On Thursday, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin titled “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers.” The article’s first paragraph included this claim: The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David. The theme »

Why the Alarmists’ Climate Models Are Worthless

Featured image Climate alarmism is not based on empirical observation; rather, it is entirely predicated on computer models that are manipulated to generate predictions of significant global warming as a result of increased concentrations of CO2. But a model in itself is evidence of nothing. The model obeys the dictates of its creator. In the case of climate models, we know they are wrong: they don’t accurately reproduce the past, which should »

Washington Post Falls For Left-Wing Fraud, Embarrasses Itself [Updated With Post's Response]

Featured image Today’s Washington Post features an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin headlined, “The biggest lease holder in Canada’s oil sands isn’t Exxon Mobil or Chevron. It’s the Koch brothers.” The article was based on a newly-issued two-page report by the far-left International Forum on Globalization. The Post reported: You might expect the biggest lease owner in Canada’s oil sands, or tar sands, to be one of the international oil »

Our Criminal Justice System? It’s a Crime

Featured image One of the hallmarks of a totalitarian state is that there are so many laws and regulations that no one can possibly know what they are, let alone obey them. Thus everyone is a criminal, and only the despot’s discretion separates the solid citizen from the criminal. Unfortunately, the United States is rapidly approaching–if it has not already reached–this dystopian status. So Glenn Reynolds’s great column in USA Today should »

Rand Paul Does Berkeley

Featured image Rand Paul is one of a small number of Republicans–Marco Rubio is another–who have the potential to expand the playing field in 2016 and bring a mostly-conservative message to voters who aren’t used to pulling the GOP lever. He showed that again today when he visited the University of California at Berkeley: Nobody should be surprised that Rand Paul got so warm a welcome Wednesday, even in a city whose »

Obamacare Premiums Will Skyrocket Next Year

Featured image Of course they will. We wrote last week: Insurance companies set premiums based on experience. When they lack experience, as with Obamacare, they make assumptions. One assumption that carriers used in setting 2014 premiums was that a bailout would be available if premiums turn out to be too low. The law establishes “risk corridors” for individual and small group insurance, under which the government will reimburse insurance companies’ losses, up »