Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

If you like your health insurance plan, you must pay more to keep your health insurance plan

Featured image The New York Times reports that many Americans with health insurance purchased under Obamacare will face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans. The Times report is based on data released by the Obama administration on Friday, just hours before the health insurance marketplace opened to buyers seeking insurance for 2015. According to the Times, “the new data »

Why conservatives should be wary of criminal sentencing reform

Featured image The war on standards in America proceeds on multiple fronts. Employers are under pressure to lower employment standards; public schools to lower student discipline standards; colleges to lower admissions standards; banks to lower lending standards, and so forth. America’s most basic standards are those embodied in its criminal laws. These standards are enforced through the penalites (usually in the form of prison sentences) associated with non-compliance. Conservatives generally have tried »

For the Iranian regime, Obama’s the one

Featured image The Iranian regime has always had a pretty good handle on American politics. In 1979-81, it realized that Jimmy Carter was a pushover and that Ronald Reagan meant business. Hence the release of the American hostages immediately after Reagan took office. In 2003-04, the regime realized that George W. Bush meant business. Hence its apparent temporary backing off of its nuclear weapons development program. Soon thereafter, however, the regime saw »

Say goodnight, Mary

Featured image Here is a poll to brighten your day. Bill Cassidy leads Mary Landrieu by 16 points, according to a survey by Magellan Strategies. The poll was taken for the Cassidy campaign, but the results don’t seem far-fetched. If you add Cassidy’s share of the vote on November 4 (41 percent) to the 14 percent share received by the other Republican in the race (Rob Maness), you get a landslide of »

Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch — is there a meaningful difference?

Featured image The nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General elicited praise from many familiar with her work as a prosecutor. From some conservatives, it brought relief that President Obama hadn’t nominated Tom Perez. And nearly everyone is relieved that Eric Holder will depart. But there was a time when Holder received the same kind of praise Lynch is getting now. Indeed, he was something of a golden boy during his time »

To fight amnesty, say no to a long-term budget deal

Featured image According to several reports, President Obama is poised to announce a plan to issue work permits to 4.5 million or more illegal immigrants. This move should throw a major kink into the plan of congressional Republican leaders to pass a long-term budget deal during the lame duck session. The Republican leadership’s desire for a long-term deal is not surprising. No sensible Republican wants another government shutdown. Moreover, other things being »

Mary, Mary, where you goin’ to?

Featured image As John noted yesterday, Senate Democrats have agreed, after six long years, to hold a vote on the Keystone Pipeline. They hope by doing so to save Mary Landrieu, who is the clear underdog in the Louisiana Senate runoff election against Bill Cassidy. The move will also appeal to Joe Manchin, the centrist West Virginia Senator whom Republicans would love to add to their caucus. Harry Reid’s unwillingness to permit »

The “disenfranchisement” myth

Featured image After much soul searching, the left has found the explanation for the walloping suffered by Democrats last week — “disfranchisement” of likely Democratic voters. Wendy Weiser of the left-wing Brennan Center for Justice argues that “in several key races, the margin of victory came very close to the likely margin of disenfranchisement.” The race between Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan is the only Senate contest Weiser discusses in which the »

Black Ohio Democrat denounces “plantation-style management” by his state party

Featured image Democrat John Barnes, a member of the Ohio state legislature, has pulled back the curtain on the racial politics that pervade his party. Barnes, who is African-American, alleges in a lawsuit against the Ohio Democratic Party and its outgoing chairman Chris Redfern that he faced discrimination, retaliation, and defamation at the hands of his own party for refusing to join the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and for raising the issue »

A chance to get to the bottom of the IRS scandals

Featured image The Republican takeover of the Senate is rich in potential consequences. One such consequence is the opportunity to get to the bottom of the IRS targeting scandal. Cleta Mitchell, the attorney who has led the charge to uncover the truth about IRS abuses, points out that Republicans now control key Senate committee’s with jurisdiction over the matter: Finance, Judiciary, and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The new chairmen are, respectively, »

National Cathedral to host Islamists [With Irate Comments by John]

Featured image The Washington Post reports that the Washington National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service this Friday. The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long been the site of important services, including memorial services for presidents, some of whom are buried there. But the Cathedral has never before been used for Muslim services. The Post reports this as a feel-good story. It quotes a local Muslim spokesperson who says: »

Dartmouth’s “politically combustible” women and minorities

Featured image Dartmouth alums, especially those of my daughters vintage (class of 2010), are buzzing about a politically incorrect letter published by the alumni magazine. The letter, from John Barchilon ’60, responds to an article about the grievances of certain minority and female students. Barchilon wrote: The comments of Aby Macias ’14 and Dondei Dean ’17 as quoted [in the alumni magazine article] reveal why Dartmouth suffers from chronic inflammation around issues »

Forfeit this, NCAA

Featured image We have written from time to time about various aspects of the Penn State child molestation scandal invovling one-time assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Our focus has been on the aftermath of that scandal, specifically the rush to judgment against coach Joe Paterno and the overly harsh penalities levied against the Penn State football program by the NCAA. That the NCAA overreached in penalizing Penn State is now evident from »

Responding to the coming amnesty by executive order, Bill Otis’ take

Featured image In response to my post about how congressional Republicans should respond to the coming amnesty by executive order, my friend Bill Otis writes: I think the thing to do is (1) publicly set out the case that the order is bad policy on its merits, an overreach of the President’s power, and a direct slap at the electorate’s choice six days ago. Then (2) announce that if the President follows »

Gruber strikes again

Featured image Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who was a key architect of Obamacare, may also be a central figure in the court battle over whether Obamacare subsidies are allowed for participants in the federal health insurance exchange. That’s because, as noted here, Gruber has provided the rationale for the statutory language that bars such subsidies. He thus undermines Team Obama’s argument that the statutory language can’t possibly mean what it says. »

Obama kisses Kim Jung Un’s ring

Featured image North Korea has released two American prisoners — Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller. I agree with Claudia Rosett that we should be glad for the two prisoner/hostages, but unhappy about the way their release was brought about. President Obama secured the release of Bae and Miller by sending James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, to North Korea. Clapper carried a message from President Obama to North Korean tyrant Kim Jong »

The coming amnesty by executive order — what is to be done?

Featured image President Obama reiterated today that, in the absence of congressional action, he intends to use his pen to bring about immigration reform. I don’t think he’s bluffing. Expect an Executive Order that will authorize the issuance of work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. Conn Carroll says that “if Republicans let Obama get away with this, they are essentially repudiating any mandate they received from their own voters Tuesday.” Yes »