Author Archives: John Hinderaker

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 »

The Crusades Haven’t Been In the News Lately

Featured image It has been a couple of months since Barack Obama suggested that the Crusades were somehow on a par with, or even a justification for, 21st-century Islamic terrorism. I objected to Obama’s casual slur at the link, saying, among other things: There was nothing wrong, in principle, with the Crusades. They were an appropriate (if belated and badly managed) response to the conquest of the Holy Land by Islam. Did »

The Times Corrects But Does Not Confess

Featured image Yesterday the New York Times published a typically vituperative editorial on the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in progress in Nashville. Titled No Firing Pins, Please, as the N.R.A. Gathers, the editorial accused the NRA of hypocrisy because it banned guns from its own convention: Seventy-thousand people are expected to attend the National Rifle Association’s convention opening on Friday in Tennessee, and not one of them will be allowed to »

The Paul Campaign Borrows From Obama

Featured image I don’t think Barack Obama is particularly talented, with one exception: he is the greatest money machine in the history of politics. So when it comes to fundraising, if you’re going to steal, you may as well steal from the master. One famous aspect of Obama’s email campaign was his team’s use of seemingly odd or inappropriate subject headings. Foremost among these was “hey.” A tech publication writes: President Obama’s »

Who Pays Federal Income Taxes?

Featured image Today’s Wall Street Journal has an estimate of who paid 2014 federal income taxes. The estimate is from the Tax Policy Center, as official IRS data won’t be available for a couple of years. The Journal headlines, “Top 20% of Earners Pay 84% of Income Tax,” but that actually understates how skewed the tax burden is. This chart shows shares of income and income taxes by quintile. Note that the »

Two Good Reasons to Curb Immigration

Featured image I spent a good part of the Laura Ingraham show today talking about immigration. I read portions of Jeff Sessions’ op-ed in the Washington Post titled “America needs to curb immigration flows.” Senator Sessions makes several basic points in a clear and persuasive manner: The first “great wave” of U.S. immigration took place from roughly 1880 to 1930. During this time, according to the Census Bureau, the foreign-born population doubled »