Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Richard Schweiker, RIP

Featured image I neglected to note yesterday the passing of another significant figure, former Pennsylvania Senator and HHS Secretary Richard Schweiker. He became a person of special prominence in 1976 when Ronald Reagan announced he’d pick Schweiker—who had a reputation as a very liberal Republican—if he (Reagan) wrested the nomination away from Gerald Ford. Many conservatives were appalled, but when Schweiker became HHS Secretary in 1981, he turned out to be a »

Robert Conquest, RIP

Featured image Sad news this hour of the passing of the great historian Robert Conquest, at the age of 98. Conquest surely deserves to be counted among the top five most important historians of Communism and the Soviet Union in our time. His book The Great Terror, about the Soviet purges and deliberate famine policy of the 1930s, made it impossible for anyone to deny the essential character of Stalin’s regime. But »

5th Planned Parenthood Video Discusses “Intact Fetal Cadavers”

Featured image I have suspected from the beginning that the ten or more videos of Planned Parenthood personnel discussing the selling of infant organs would get progressively worse (for PP), and there have been rumors that one or more might contain evidence of intact fetal cadavers or even confirmation of a live birth terminated outside the womb (what normal people would call “infanticide”). Today the Center for Medical Progress released the fifth »

Scenes from the Reich

Featured image Last week we featured observations from Angelo Codevilla, author of The Ruling Class, on the deeper sources of Trump’s appeal, namely, that Trump is talking back to the ruling class in a way no other candidate can or will. Yesterday Robert Reich came in on the same theme from the left in the Christian Science Monitor, examining the appeal of Trump and Bernie Sanders: Yet as enthusiasm for the bombastic »

Obama Announces Global Warming Plan: We’re Saved!

Featured image So today Obama released the EPA’s final rule for the “Clean Power Plan” that gives the EPA the power to restructure our electric utility industry nationwide. By their own admission, full implementation of the emissions targets will avert only 0.018 degrees C of warming by the year 2100. I’m sure we’ll all notice that much change in temps! But at least now we’ve “taken action” to “save the planet.” The »

Minimum Wage, Maximum Folly

Featured image Interesting news on the minimum wage front this weekend. First, the Brookings Institution, perhaps better known as the Hillary Clinton administration-in-waiting, put out a note by an economist who served in the last Clinton administration that is highly critical of the proposal for a national $15-an-hour minimum wage: A $15-hour minimum wage could harm America’s poorest workers By: Harry J. Holzer Many economists worry minimum wage increases tend to reduce »

Question of the Day

Featured image National Review‘s Jay Nordlinger wins the Internet for today with this great question: Idle question: If the Norwegian Nobel Committee gives John Kerry the peace prize for the Iran deal, and Iran goes nuclear, will he throw away his Nobel medal? Jay goes on to note that Henry Kissinger did indeed try to return his Nobel Peace Prize from 1973 after North Vietnam shredded the peace accord, but that the »

The Judiciary Below the Water Line

Featured image Decisions of the Supreme Court understandably get a lot of attention, but what about the decisions of the Circuit Courts of Appeals, not to mention District Court and state appellate courts? Their decisions are often very important to the evolution of case law, but receive much less attention and often don’t get appealed successfully to the Supreme Court (except, it would seem, for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals because »

Trump: Bush’s Stalking Horse?

Featured image In my interrogatories about Trump a week ago, I asked Trump enthusiasts the following question: • Are you happy that Trump is essentially a stalking horse for Jeb Bush? If Trump wins some early primaries in a crowded field it will be with less than 20 percent of the vote, but it will likely cause the party establishment—such as still exists—to rally around Bush, just as Democrats rallied to Michael »

Moral Clarity of the Past [With Comment by John]

Featured image Scott reminded us this morning of Winston Churchill’s notice of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, suggesting that we ought to take seriously the statements of murderous purpose whether they come from a seemingly implausible Austrian-born corporal, or a soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iranian ayatollah. Of course, Mein Kampf was mostly ignored in the 1930s or dismissed as the unimportant or irrelevant thoughts that Hitler would discard once he assumed the “responsibilities” of high office. As »

Debbie Doubles Down (on Socialism)

Featured image The other day John noted that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stumbled badly when Chris Matthews asked her the difference between a Democrat and a socialist, between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Today Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” renewed the question, and Schultz doubles down on her clueless non-answer. This has gone from embarrassing to stunningly incompetent. It’s one thing to be unprepared for Chris Matthews »

When Life Imitates Art: Donald Trump vs. Montgomery Burns

Featured image Just when you think The Simpsons is finally going to run out of material, along comes Donald Trump with a tolerably accurate real life imitation of Montgomery Burns. The Washington Post helpfully assembled this “Who Said It?” quiz of statements that could plausibly have come from either person, such as: “By building a casino, I can tighten my stranglehold on this dismal town!” And: “In life you have to rely »

The National Socialism of Bernie Sanders

Featured image We noted here the other day that Bernie Sanders doesn’t hold to the orthodox Democratic Party line on immigration, suggesting instead that expanded immigration is a “right-wing Koch brothers” idea. The blowback from the left is rolling in. First up, the Puffington Host: “Those are the talking points that Republicans use to drive a wedge between Latinos and the African-American vote, saying, ‘They’re coming to take your jobs.’ That at »

Suburban Black Flight?

Featured image Suburban “white flight” has long been a staple of liberal grievances against Amerika. But guess what, Hillary? Turns out American blacks are fleeing Democrat-run cities in large numbers now, too. Says the superb demographer William Frey at the center-left Brookings Institution: While much attention is correctly given to alleviating the persisting segregation of blacks in many American cities, it is also important to recognize a newly emergent shift to the »

The Week in Pictures: Trump the Lionhearted Edition

Featured image It took the killing of a lion to knock Trump off the center point of attention this week. The only thing that could have made the whole scene more out of control is if the lion had been named Caitlyn, or if Planned Parenthood was caught selling baby lion organs. And is it just a coincidence that Hillary Clinton released her tax forms late on a Friday afternoon—the typical burial »

Tweet of the Day from GHW Bush

Featured image I’m not a huge fan of the Bush family in politics, but it must be said that they have always conducted themselves with class and dignity, unlike certain other current and past presidents I could name. George H.W. Bush wins the Internet for today with this Tweet: »

Cruz, McConnell, and the Ex-Im Bank—The Sequel

Featured image A great many readers were not happy with my analysis here the other day of the moving parts of Mitch McConnell allowing a vote on an amendment to the transportation bill that would revive the Export-Import Bank, after having apparently promised to Cruz and/or the GOP Senate caucus that he wouldn’t allow the Ex-Im Bank to come back to life. In a sentence, I sought to point out that McConnell »