Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Krugman to the Rescue!

Featured image There’s hardly anyone who can top former Enron adviser (TM James Taranto) Paul Krugman in the sweepstakes for bemoaning income inequality, and so it makes perfect sense that City University of New York would hire Krugman for $25,000 per month to be a grandee at its new center to study the problem.  The Onion and The Daily Show may as well take the rest of the day off. The offer »

Nice Break If You Can Get It [With Dissent by John]

Featured image I know I wasn’t alone when I heard the news last year that Francis Bacon’s triptych “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” had sold for a staggering $142 million at an art auction.  Who could have been the buyer?  Surely a Russian oligarch, or a Silicon Valley techillionaire.  Turned out to be Elaine Wynn, the ex-wife of casino magnate Steve Wynn.  (That must have been some divorce settlement.) The next bit of »

Is Paul Appealing–Or Appalling?

Featured image We’ve got a link in our “Picks” section this morning to Bret Stephens’s Wall Street Journal column mockingly titled “Rand Paul for President,” whose subhed suggests that perhaps the GOP, like Democrats in the 1980s, needs to suffer a landslide defeat to get its head on straight.  Stephens thinks Rand Paul’s “bark-at-the-moon lunacy” would be just the ticket. Paul’s partisans will discount Stephens as part of the neocon conspiracy.  But »

Happy Birthday, Mustang

Featured image The Ford Mustang turns 50 years old this week.  Ford’s financial wizards projected that it would sell 100,000 to 125,000 units in the first year.  Even though the car got good advance reviews from the trade press, Ford’s bean counters were unenthusiastic about the Mustang because they feared the Mustang would cannibalize sales from other Ford models.  The Mustang sold 418,812 units in the first year, earning Ford over $1 »

Just In Time for Tax Day: Remy to the Rescue

Featured image So it’s everyone’s favorite day of the year tomorrow.  Just in time, our pal Remy Munasifi and ReasonTV bring you a remake of Pharrell Williams’ tune “Happy.”  Lyrics at the link to the left.  About two minutes long. »

Get Your Munch With Your Crunch

Featured image When Colorado and Washington state moved to legalize consumer use of marijuana, it seemed obvious to me that setting up snack food carts (and Girl Scout cookie stands) outside of pot dispensaries was the obvious growth industry.  Well behold–the nation’s first pot vending machine, coming soon to Avon, Colorado.  So now you will be able to get your munchies next to your crunchies. But wait! Like ATM’s, won’t pot vending »

Tuesday in Boulder: Richard Brookhiser

Featured image For Power Line readers in the Denver-Boulder area, I’m hosting my last visiting speaker of the semester on Tuesday: Richard Brookhiser of National Review, and author of many fine books about the Founders and Lincoln.  (See, for example, his recent Wall Street Journal weekend essay “What Would Lincoln Do?“)  He’ll be speaking Tuesday at 5:30 pm on the topic “How the Founders Are the Fathers of Lincoln.”  See here for »

Spindle Time

Featured image What a mess of oddball stories have piled up in my virtual in-box the last few days. First, we picked a heck of a time to start experimenting with legalizing marijuana out in the drought-stricken West.  Because guess what—growing pot uses a lot of water: Another Cause of California’s Drought: Pot Farms California’s ongoing drought has been blamed on a lot of different factors, ranging from climate change to over »

Civil War on the Left, Part 4

Featured image The Hill newspaper notes yesterday that “The Keystone pipeline has long been a source of friction between Democrats and labor unions.”  Well one union this week sent a letter to Democrats who publicly oppose Keystone threatening retribution: A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers’ International Union of North »

The Week in Pictures: Names, Claims, and Autonubiles

Featured image A few readers have—shall I say—”observed” that while this humble weekly feature ends with armed cheesecake, we aren’t offering up any gender balance, which is only right to correct since indeed we don’t want to be known as just a “laddies” site, as they’d say in the UK.  So we’re going to start fixing this asymmetry.  And since it’s the Masters Tournament this weekend, we can begin by following up »

Dems’ Wage-Gap Hypocrisy

Featured image No matter how many times the “77-cents-on-the-dollar” canard is refuted by the economically literate—most recently by my pals Mark Perry and Andrew Biggs yesterday in the Wall Street Journal—it refuses to die.  But in addition to lying, it is now apparent the Democrats pushing this line have no shame either.  Jennifer Rubin, using figures unearthed by the NRSC, points out: Mark Udall pays women 85 cents for every dollar that »

Civil War on the Left, Part 3

Featured image We know that labor unions are at odds with the Obama Administration over the Keystone XL pipeline and dislike some aspects of Obamacare, but might some of them actually go so far as to help re-elect a Republican governor in the key state of Ohio? Labor Split Boosts Ohio Governor By Kris Maher TOLEDO, Ohio—Gov. John Kasich has earned such ire among unions that he is on a list of »

Charts of the Week: Sex, Skies, and Videotape

Featured image Well, I’m not sure just how I’ll work “skies” into this story, but I couldn’t get the headline out of my head, so, dear Power Line readers, I’ll think of something. The chart of the week—and maybe the month—comes to us courtesy of the Department of Energy.  For all of the talk over the last couple of decades about “energy independence,” we’re actually on course toward that somewhat dubious goal »

Civil War on the Left, Part 2

Featured image The other day in “Civil War on the Left,” I noted how ethnic groups within the California Democratic Party are turning on one another.  Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported on another internal fault line that is splitting Democrats in Illinois and New York, this time over charter schools, which teachers’ unions hates, but which are hugely popular with parents—especially minority parents.  What’s a politically correct Democrat to do? Hundreds »

The Declining Utility of Scaremongering

Featured image Back in 2005 New York Times‘ moderately liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof offered his his criticism of today’s environmental movement in “I Have a Nightmare.”  Excerpt: The fundamental problem, as I see it, is that environmental groups are too often alarmists. They have an awful track record, so they’ve lost credibility with the public. Some do great work, but others can be the left’s equivalents of the neocons: brimming with moral »

Civil War on the Left?

Featured image The conventional wisdom is that the Republican Party is badly divided between Tea Party insurgents and the “Establishment.”  And while there is some truth to this, consider the following question: What happens to the Democratic Party in 2016 if Hillary Clinton decides not to run?  My answer: chaos and ideological infighting you haven’t seen inside the Democratic Party since its suicide attempt in the late 1960s and early 1970s. On »

Another Civil Rights Hero

Featured image In addition to saluting Gail Heriot here yesterday, we shouldn’t let today get by without taking note of another civil rights hero of our time, Edward Blum.  Edward is profiled today in the New York Times.  Edward is chiefly responsible for bringing the two successful Supreme Court challenges to the Voting Rights Act last year, and he also helped bring up the Fisher case that curtailed race-conscious admissions in Texas »