Author Archives: Steven Hayward

France Joins the Supply Side: Paul Krugman Hardest Hit

Featured image With lefty nostalgists like Paul Krugman pining away for a return to the punitive income tax rates of up to 90 percent in the 1950s, it is worth taking in what just happened in France. France’s unreconstructed socialist president Francois Hollande made a big splash upon taking office of instituting a 75 percent income tax on all incomes over 1 million Euros. So how’d that work out? From Yahoo news »

“Curse the Brilliant TSA!”

Featured image I had missed this wonderful bit from the comedy duo Key and Peele, which skewers both the TSA bureaucracy and Islamic terrorists all at once.  I can hardly believe this got by Comedy Central censors.  (Sharp-eyed viewers may note Wood Harris, aka “Avon Barksdale,” playing a key role here.)  Just four minutes long.  (Hat tip: PC.) »

Climate: For Whom the Bell Tols

Featured image   Richard Tol, a European-based academic, is one of the pre-eminent environmental economists of our time, but he is not well known in the U.S. When the politicized “Stern Review” came out from the UK government in 2006 claiming that economic damages from climate change were already substantial, it cited Tols’ work several dozen times, prompting Tol to say that if a first year graduate student had submitted the Stern »

The Week in Pictures: Happy New Year Edition

Featured image I’ve already broken my new year’s resolution, which was to pay less attention to how much Obama annoys me.  And he’s still on vacation.  Anyway, here’s to 2015.  And, Go Ducks!  Any team with uniforms that awful has to be supported.  I mean, are they kidding? »

A Pity to Have a Party without The Pity Party

Featured image We featured Bill Voegeli, author of The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion, on our second Power Line podcast a few weeks ago, but Charles Kesler and The American Mind have posted an interview with Bill that is worth taking in, right here (this segment about 12 minutes long): »

A Footnote to the Scalise Story and Liberal Double Standards

Featured image As John notes below, the Steve Scalise “scandal” is collapsing faster than a Rolling Stone campus rape feature or the Chicago Cubs in a September pennant race, noting also the lack of symmetrical outrage over people like Obama sitting through Rev. Wright’s sermons, etc. The all-time low for unaccountable Democrats has to be the parade of Democratic politicians who made nice with People’s Temple suicide cultist Jim Jones (though maybe »

Dr. Roy’s Top 10 List

Featured image We really should highlight Dr. Roy Spencer‘s climate science observations more often than we do, and by all means we should have brought notice yesterday to his Top 10 Climate Discoveries of 2014, which I reprint here in full (but do bookmark his site for future reference): 10. Weather did not even occur before Henry Ford automated the production of the automobile. No, really, look it up. 9. Climate modelers discovered that »

The Year in Pictures: Best Of Edition

Featured image Since just about everybody else runs a collection of year-in-review pics, it seems to me that we might as well do a “best of” offering of our Week in Pictures roundups.  Actually it’s hard to conjure up an objective criterion, so we just selected one image from each week of the past year, not quite at random.  So here goes: Power Line’s jaundiced eye on 2014, in no particular order—happy »

Today’s Feminist Fainting Spell

Featured image If you want to see a good example of why more and more sensible women—especially in the “millennial” generation—no longer identify themselves as feminists, look no further than the website refinery29.com (that’s okay—I never heard of it either, but it’s a slick-looking women’s-oriented site that ironically, as we shall see, offers up many of the usual fashion and beauty tips—especially shoes). Today refinery29 offers up a bitter complaint that Caley »

The Dumbest Churchill Story Ever

Featured image There are a lot of myths and apocryphal stories about Churchill that can never quite be put down (such as the one that he was so drunk on one 1940 radio speech that he hired an actor to deliver it for him). The Churchill Center—you should join!—has a long list of the myths, along with links with the definitive information. My email box is exploding right now with readers wondering »

Are The Oceans Going to Boil?

Featured image Haven’t ever said much here about the issue of ocean acidification. The theory is that even if rising CO2 levels don’t lead to Thermageddon, it will nonetheless change ocean chemistry by making the ocean more acidic, threatening coral reefs, etc. My chemistry is so rusty that I don’t have much of an opinion about this hypothesis, and it does seem that a lot of the carbon dioxide that goes “missing” »

The Week in Pictures: Encore Edition

Featured image Well, since a duly shamed Sony decided to release ‘The Interview” after all, we might as well do an encore beat down on North Korea, Obama (well okay, so every week is an encore of that), Al Sharpton, the mess in Washington, etc.  I’m still wondering if Seth Rogen and James Flacco Franco were the real hackers, and this was just a publicity stunt to rescue what looked to be »

Democrats: Party of the Rich

Featured image Way back in January I wrote over at Forbes about how the Democrats have become the party of the rich: If you brought back either of the Roosevelts—Teddy or Franklin—from the grave, the most astonishing thing they would find is that the “malefactors of great wealth” have become the benefactors of today’s liberalism, and Democrats have become the party of the rich. In the economic crisis of the 1930s, the »

Mr. Kim, Tear Down This . . . Wait, What?

Featured image By far the most remarkable article of the week was Richard Haass in the Wall Street Journal on Christmas eve, saying it is time for American foreign policy to seek . . . regime change in North Korea! They don’t make ‘em much more Capital-E “Establishment” than Haass, who is president of the uber-establishment Council on Foreign Relations. The CFR is hardly a nest of adventurous Bushoisie neocons. Still, Haass »

A Christmas Meditation from David Brooks: “A Holy Friend”

Featured image David Brooks comes in for a lot of heavy weather from conservatives for supposedly going native at the New York Times, and especially his early fondness for Obama, but let’s not go too far overboard here: he just said he liked the crease in Obama’s pants, and didn’t go all leg-tingly like Chris Matthews.   And if you follow him closely, you’ll have noted that he stopped saying much about Obama »

Green Weenie of the Year: Andrew Cuomo

Featured image There is fierce competition for Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie of the Year Award. Up until just a few days ago I’d have said that the Westboro Environmentalists (better known by their trade name “Greenpeace”) had our annual supreme Weenie award locked up for their appalling stunt in Peru earlier this month, where the Westboro Environmental narcissists defaced a millennia-old Inca archeological site. There’s been some late entries in the »

For Your Holiday Listening/Viewing Pleasure

Featured image If you’re tired of watching the umpteeth rerun of Burl Ives narrating the obvious Communist parable about the red-nosed reindeer, then here are two new electronic distractions worth taking in. First, our friends at Liberty Fund have done a terrific podcast with William Voegeli, author of The Pity Party.  (And as I’ve been saying for weeks, you can’t have a good party without inviting the author of The Pity Party. »