Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Who Says You Can’t Go Home?

Featured image I haven’t been posting much the last couple of days because I have been in my home town, Watertown, South Dakota. BISCO (the Business Industry School Coalition), a local organization that promotes a “progressive and meaningful relationship among business, industry and schools,” invited me to speak at their annual lunch meeting. They thought it would be fun to hear about Power Line and related subjects. I said sure. Before that »

Deal? What Deal?

Featured image Amid debates over whether the Obama administration’s “framework” agreement with Iran is a good deal or a bad deal, an even more basic question keeps arising: is there any deal at all? The agreement as announced by America’s State Department included a robust program of inspections. The New York Times, which greeted the framework enthusiastically as “a surprisingly specific and comprehensive understanding,” emphasized the importance of the inspections regime as »

The Latest from the Religion of Peace®

Featured image In Uganda, five Muslims gang-raped the daughter of a Christian minister who refused their demands that he close his church: “One of the short messages in my phone read, ‘Be you informed that we do not want your church in this area. If you continue worship here, then you will live to regret it,’” the pastor told Morning Star News. The daughter, who also remains nameless, was walking to the »

Jeff Sessions Responds to New York Times

Featured image I wrote here about an ignorant New York Times editorial that attacked Senator Jeff Sessions on immigration, and denied that the laws of supply and demand apply to labor. Yesterday the Times published Sessions’ response, in the form of a letter to the editor. Among other things, Sessions points out that just a few years ago, the Times editorial board understood that mass low-skill immigration would inevitably depress the wages »

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!

Featured image The Democrats were able to elect Barack Obama president strictly on the basis of his race, and they hope to duplicate the trick with Hillary Clinton. For a number of reasons, I have been skeptical that gender politics can put Hillary in the White House. Most fundamentally, she lacks the superficial attractiveness that many saw in Obama. But this video by Caleb Bonham and a group called Campus Reform is »

The Power Line Show, Episode 14: The Presidential Race

Featured image Last night, three of the PL crew (John, Paul and Steve) got together for a review of the presidential race as it currently stands. A principal topic was Hillary Clinton’s bizarre rollout, complete with her incognito Chipotle appearance, “common man” meetings with Democratic Party officials, parking the “Scooby” van in a handicapped space, and more. Compared to that, Marco Rubio’s launch was seamless. We talked about a number of the »

In Defense of Hillary

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch has been a disaster in many ways, as we discuss in the podcast that will be posted shortly. But on one point, I agree with her: tipping at Chipotle. Hillary has taken abuse for not leaving anything in the tip jar next to the cash register at the fast food restaurant. Nonsense, I say. I tip people who serve me–waiters and waitresses, hotel employees who carry »

Are You a Global Warming Skeptic?

Featured image For years, various international organizations have floated schemes to reduce the world’s production of CO2 in order, supposedly, to prevent or reverse global warming. Such efforts have consistently failed, going back to the Kyoto Protocol, but alarmists and professional Greens haven’t given up, and the Obama administration wants to commit the United States to a significant reduction in CO2 output at this year’s Paris meeting. (The entire global warming enterprise »

TMZ, EDM, Swedish House Mafia and Marco Rubio

Featured image Marco Rubio is running for president as the standard-bearer of a new generation. When it comes to culture, anyway, that claim is not without substance. Not only is Rubio a knowledgeable sports fan, he actually listens to rap, hip-hop and similar abominations. Normally I wouldn’t think this sort of thing would impress young voters, but this TMZ video might suggest otherwise. TMZ, if you are not familiar with it, is »

The Times Goes Know-Nothing on Immigration [Updated]

Featured image The New York Times editorial board is becoming more unhinged with every passing day. Maybe it’s Republican electoral success, maybe it’s the sight of one failed liberal policy after another, but something is driving the Times around the bend. Today it was immigration, as the editorialists went after Jeff Sessions: There was something bracingly honest about an op-ed article in The Washington Post last week by Senator Jeff Sessions, an »

Iran’s Parliament Wants Changes to Nuke Deal

Featured image Earlier today, the Nuclear Committee of the Iranian Parliament released a fact sheet “to declare the revisions needed to be made in the Lausanne statement that was issued by Tehran and the world powers as a framework understanding at the end of their nuclear talks in Switzerland earlier this month.” The parliamentary fact sheet objected to the statement put out by John Kerry et al.: The Iranian Parliament factsheet for »

Hillary Says: Our Money Good, Their Money Bad!

Featured image Chutzpah is never in short supply in the Clinton household. Today in Iowa, in the course of her much-mocked bus tour–Hillary bought a burrito! Hillary had the students locked in their classrooms! Journalists outnumbered voters!–Hillary Clinton had harsh words for our “dysfunctional political system”: Fresh off her entrance into the presidential race, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday appeared in Iowa for her first public appearance of the election, striking a populist »

The Willful Ignorance of Dana Milbank

Featured image As issues of potentially world-altering significance are being debated in connection with Iran’s nuclear weapons program, you can count on one constant: liberals will dodge the real issues while trying to score petty political points against Republicans. One of many cases in point is Dana Milbank, the Washington Post reporter/comedian. In yesterday’s Post, Milbank accused Republicans of inconsistency with regard to the Iran negotiations: A week ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham »

Rubio Takes Aim at the Left

Featured image Marco Rubio launched his presidential campaign this afternoon with an event in Miami. In my opinion, Rubio understands, and is able to speak to, the current mood of most Americans better than any of the other candidates of either party. He began by striking a populist note, but with his characteristic focus on American exceptionalism: Both of my parents were born to poor families in Cuba. After his mother died »

Face the Far-Left Nation?

Featured image Bob Schieffer is retiring as host of CBS’s Sunday morning political talk show, Face the Nation. CBS has announced that his replacement will be John Dickerson, who, among other things, is both the political director for CBS News and chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. Dickerson, a graduate of Sidwell Friends, is a perfect 21st century Democrat. This is how Dickerson described his upbringing: In McLean, Va., in the 1970s, »

Punching Down and Shooting Back

Featured image Every now and then someone will die, and I see the headline and think, “What? He was still alive?” That’s how it is with Doonesbury. Is it still being published? I have no idea. But its author, Garry Trudeau, is still around. He came out of retirement, perhaps, to attack Charlie Hebdo. In his younger days I suppose Trudeau would have claimed to be an advocate of free speech, but »

Hillary Clinton, Champion of the Downtrodden?

Featured image Hillary Clinton surprised everyone today by announcing that she is running for president. (Just kidding.) Hillary says that the wants to be the “champion” of “everyday Americans.” She says the “deck is stacked in favor of those at the top.” Who knew? Stranger things have happened, I suppose, but Hillary is an odd choice as spokesman for the middle class. Hillary, who charges $300,000 to give a lousy speech; who »