Author Archives: Steven Hayward

“It Could Be Worse for Obama. . .”

Featured image Of perhaps you can file this post under “If you’ve lost the Brookings Institution. . .” The center-liberal Brookings Institution reported last week on the range of surveys of presidential experts (mostly liberals one can safely assume) who rank Obama as no more than middling. But Brookings decided to do their own survey of academic political scientists, and some of it is rather brutal for The One: First, President Obama »

The High Cost of Energy Illiteracy

Featured image “Energy romanticism” is perhaps the single greatest intellectual failing of environmentalists—the dreamy view that we can generate 95 quads of energy with puppy dog treadmills, unicorn flopsweat, and of course their beloved wind and solar. (Of course, most enviros say “What’s a ‘quad’?” when I ask for even a cursory inventory of energy sources that would supply America’s annual energy use.) At the base of this is near total illiteracy »

Obamacare Benchwarmers Working the Refs Again

Featured image The Wall Street Journal mentions this morning that our now-socialized health care sector is filing panicked Supreme Court briefs in the upcoming King v. Burwell case that emphasize not legal arguments but the disruption to their business model if Obamacare’s state subsidies are struck down. In other words, they mostly submitted policy briefs to the Supreme Court—not legal briefs. I wonder if their lawyers gave them the appropriate policy wonk »

(Frozen) Green Weenie of the Week

Featured image With a new polar vortex putting the northeast under a deep freeze again (it is something like -10 degrees here in Syracuse where I am at present), the cause of college fossil fuel divestment is suffering a bit of a setback.  Yale activists have had to postpone (indefinitely) their divestment rally today because of the cold: With the first-ever Global Divestment Day scheduled for this weekend, Fossil Free Yale looks »

The Week in Pictures: Media Rending of Garments Edition

Featured image So which is the worst news of the week if you are a denizen of the liberal media: Brian Williams getting the slow-motion sack, or Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show?  We’re not done smacking Williams around since more and more tall tales are emerging, and of course we’re never done smacking Obama around. I think this fellow flunked his price theory class: Wait–can the BBC really identify someone this »

Net Neuter-trality

Featured image I find the net neutrality controversy boring and tiresome, but also easy to sort out.  As Glenn Reynolds put it, nothing says forward-looking for the 21st century like a regulated utility.  When you have large industry groups fighting each other, that’s when you want the government to stay out. The history of regulated network industries, whether transportation or communication or energy, is threefold: first, regulators reorganized the industry into a »

Voegeli On Liberal B—S—

Featured image In the latest installment of Bill Voegeli’s series the Claremont Institute’s “American Mind” series, Bill discusses his chapter of The Pity Party entitled “Liberal Bullshit.”  It’s worth viewing if for no other reason than to enjoy how fully Charles Kesler channels William F. Buckley’s old mannerisms from “Firing Line.” »

Will Canada Declare War Over Keystone?

Featured image Canada, America’s largest trading partner and largest foreign supplier of oil, has been amazingly patient over Obama’s clearly insincere dithering over approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Back when I was still in Washington at AEI, Ken Green and I would occasionally put together panel discussions that included Keystone issues, and not only would the Canadian embassy decline to send anyone to participate, they didn’t even want to register for »

Martin Heidegger, Call Your Office

Featured image Martin Heidegger’s “Rector’s Address” at Freiburg University in 1933 was one of the milestones—and therefore lowest points—of the rise of Nazism in Germany, as his profession that Nazism represented the “inner truth and greatness of the German people” was prelude to his purging the university of Jewish faculty and students.  I’ve been wondering how long before this sentiment re-emerged explicitly in American universities, especially those enamored of anti-Israel gestures such »

Bloomberg Jumps Whole Oceans of Sharks [With Comments by John on Rosa Parks]

Featured image Thought experiment: Just imagine what the media and liberals would be saying if this idea came from a conservative or Republican (hat tip to Breitbart): Bloomberg Suggests Banning Young Minority Males from Gun Ownership Speaking to the Aspen Institute on February 6, Michael Bloomberg said cities should ban young minority males from owning guns, both as an effort to reduce crime and to keep those minority males “alive.” According to The »

The End of the University

Featured image Coincident to John’s notice yesterday of the latest campus silliness at the University of Minnesota, my cover story on “The Death of the University” is out today in National Review.  The article is partly a memoir of my year at Boulder, which builds into a general critique of the ailments of most universities today.  The story is behind a paywall (though 25 cents for the article by itself!), but here’s »

Civil War on the Left, Part 16

Featured image Now this is my kind of story, from the Los Angeles Times today: Minority Groups Fight Solar Power By Evan Halper When Florida officials pulled the plug on a significant incentive for rooftop solar systems, the move came at the urging of big power companies with a heavy reliance on fossil fuels—and of the state chapter of the NAACP. The Florida chapter is one of a number of minority organizations »

What Has Dan Rather Got Against Brian Williams?

Featured image Dan Rather has come to the defense of Brian Williams, calling Williams “an honest man.”  Dan ought to know!  Is he trying to destroy Williams?*  (Maybe he thinks he can get the anchor chair himself.)  Good thing I wasn’t drinking coffee when I spotted this Breitbart item: Disgraced former TV news anchor Dan Rather has come to the aid of embattled NBC anchor Brian Williams, saying that Williams is an »

Power Line on the Road: The East Coast Tour

Featured image Since Scott has mentioned his upcoming lecture about “Rathergate Ten Years Later” at Lyon College on Thursday, I may as well post up my speaking schedule this week, for the benefit of any Pittsburgh or Syracuse-based readers who need something to kill time between the Super Bowl and the start of Spring training. Tuesday I’ll be at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, speaking at noon on “The Climategate »

The Week in Pictures, Supplemental: Brian’s Song Edition

Featured image The ridicule and memes of Brian Williams are coming in faster than RPG rounds at an NBC News crisis management meeting, while Maureen Dowd writes today in the New York Times: WASHINGTON — THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while. NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that »

The Week in Pictures: Fraudcast News Edition

Featured image Did I ever tell you about the time I was hanging with Pablo Picasso, quaffing espresso at a Parisian cafe, and how I helped him conceive Guernica?  Oh, wait—no, I didn’t do that.  I had Picasso confused with my kid’s kindergarten finger painting project, and we were in McDonalds.  So easy to get these kind of things confused when you’re a busy newsman. And finally. . . »

Has NBC Started a Countdown Clock for Firing Brian Williams?

Featured image The New York Post‘s Page Six reports that Tom Brokaw wants Brian Williams fired from NBC News for his lies about his helicopter bravura: You know you’re in trouble when Tom Brokaw is out for your blood. NBC’s most revered journalist is furious that Brian Williams is still in the anchor chair after he sheepishly admitted he hadn’t traveled on a helicopter hit by enemy fire. “Brokaw wants Williams’ head on a platter,” an »