Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Breaking: Obamacare Takes Torpedo Below the Water Line

Featured image Wish I had time to get through the just issued DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruling striking down the IRS twisting of the Obamacare statute’s clear language on state-based exchanges (I’m at the Reagan Library all this week doing a Gipper 101 course for high school teachers—see photo nearby of Sunday night’s opening talk—and I have to be off momentarily for this morning’s classes), but this looks to be HUGE, »

Suing the President

Featured image Liberals are in typical scoffing and mocking mode about the House pursuing a lawsuit against President Obama for failure to execute the laws faithfully, another example of the situational ethics of liberalism as well as their contempt for the separation of powers and the Constitution itself.  Liberals never thought it odd when members of Congress attempted to sue both Presidents Bush (unsuccessfully) for violating the War Powers Act, or President »

The Nutroots Are Worried, And We Have the Answer

Featured image The Washington Post noticed a couple days ago that a lot of liberals are growing increasingly uncomfortable with the prospect of Hillary as their candidate.  (And don’t miss this poll that Politico says will make Democrats panic about Hillary’s prospects.)  Anyway, the Post: Even as Hillary Rodham Clinton looms as the overwhelming favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the party’s base is stirring for a primary fight. There’s a »

Should We Feel Sorry for Obama?

Featured image Whenever a Democratic president gets into trouble, the predictable chorus starts up: The job of President of the United States is just too difficult for anyone to master. Today’s winner is Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, who phones in the following: It’s Virtually Impossible to Be a Successful Modern President Being president is the most powerful job in the world. At which you will almost certainly fail. . . »

The Morals of the Welfare State

Featured image Mitt Romney took a lot of grief, much of it deserved, for his infelicitous remark (albeit behind closed doors, supposedly) about the “47 percent” during the 2012 campaign.  But he’s not entirely wrong to raise the issue of whether dependency doesn’t eventually corrupt the recipients. There’s a fascinating short piece in The Economist this week about how socialism causes higher levels of lying among people who live under socialist rule.  »

Looking Ahead to Obama’s Post-Presidency

Featured image Yes, yes, I know we should all wish that Obama’s post-presidency could begin right away, but setting that aside, I’ve been wondering for a while now what Obama will do after he leaves office.  He’s still relatively young, and is likely to be around for quite a while.  His announced intention to make his home in Washington DC is going to make for all kinds of delights. My prediction: he’s »

Nothing Happens for No Good Reason

Featured image My great teacher of foreign policy and strategic studies, the late Harold Rood, had a simple maxim at the heart of his analytical technique: “Nothing happens for no good reason.”  This maxim has come back to me watching the saga of the flood of “unaccompanied alien children” (as the government officially calls them) on our southern border.  Everyone seems to be treating this as though it was a random or »

Bring Back McKinney

Featured image So why doesn’t former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney have her own show on MSNBC?  She’d fit right in with Al Sharpton.  I miss her, especially things like her tweet Thursday about MH17: Beyond the mind-numbing stupidity of thinking airliner can be hacked, it’s worth clicking through the link she included as her hint of who might be behind the hacking: Israel.  Naturally. »

The Week in Pictures: Negligence Edition

Featured image In past conflicts between Israel and its enemies, there came a time when the United States would call up Israel and essentially order them to stop their offensive against Hamas, the PLO, Hezbollah, etc.  Of course, that’s back when the U.S. took some pride in its influence in the world, and where American power had some credibility.  You really don’t have the feeling that Obama can ring up Israel and »

Murraypalooza, or Why Liberals Are Panicking

Featured image Scott beat me to the notice of Charles Murray’s long interview on Conversations with Bill Kristol the other day.  I had thought to highlight the same interview after thinking more about my conversation with Charles last week on the Bill Bennett radio show (you can listen to the segment with Charles here), especially on the question of why the Left is in such a dyspeptic state these days.  The Left »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image The Wall Street Journal editorial page today rightly celebrates Australia’s repeal of its carbon tax, noting that by adding about $10 a month to the average household’s energy bill, the tax was—imagine this!—unpopular. But Philip Hutchings, writing over at WattsUpWithThat, brings our attention to a detail that reveals how corrupt these carbon management schemes come to be—even ones that are as supposedly simple and straightforward as a carbon tax.  Now, »

Delegating the Delegation, or Outsourcing Regulation

Featured image It’s bad enough that Congress long ago took up the bad and unconstitutional habit of delegating its lawmaking authority to independent regulatory agencies—what we and others refer to as the central feature of the Administrative State.  But this kind of unaccountable government is even more egregious when the regulators essentially outsource their assigned policymaking tasks to ideological interest groups. That appears to be how the EPA came up with its »

Up From Liberalism—Now More Than Ever

Featured image I first read William F. Buckley’s classic 1959 treatise Up From Liberalism when I was in high school a long long time ago, and recently picked it up off the shelf for a quick re-reading.  And I’d recommend everyone read or re-read it, as many parts of it hold up extremely well, and could be deployed even more urgently today.  For example: The salient economic assumptions of liberalism are socialist.  »

Harry Jaffa on the Famous “Extremism” Speech

Featured image Paul noted yesterday the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s famous—or infamous—convention speech in 1964.  Has there ever been another convention speech before or since that is as well recalled for a single line?  Only William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech comes close. Harry Jaffa, who turns 96 in a few weeks, reflected some time ago about the famous line—”Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”—and his role in »

Berkeley Finally Achieves Complete Utopia

Featured image I checked, wondering if this story was some kind of Onion-like parody site.  (Look: the Los Angeles Times is something of a joke these days; who’s to say they didn’t decide to jump the shark overnight?)  Nope; it appears to be on the level. Berkeley dispensaries must give free pot to poor members, city says Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley must give some of their pot free of charge to low-income »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image Last month we noted the epic hypocrisy of Greenpeace flying a senior executive to and from his home in Luxembourg to company HQ in Amsterdam.  No worries about carbon footprints for him: he’s too important. Today there’s an even better story out of the UK reported in The Telegraph: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Use More Electricity By Matthew Holehouse People who claim to worry about climate »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image It’s really hard to settle on the latest embarrassment for the climatistas (or “Thermageddonites”—hat tip to Lord Monckton). On the technical side, there’s an interesting article by a team of Indian scientists in the current Journal of Geophysical Research about climate models and their ability to predict future precipitation amounts on a regional basis.  This is important because it bears on the claim, repeated almost daily, that climate change will »