Gangster Government

Attacks on Banks, Paid For By Banks?

Featured image If you look at photos of anti-Wall Street, Occupy-type protests, it seems clear that the people doing the demonstrating have not had lots of dealings with banks–like most Americans, actually. So they are acting on hearsay, or on a theory: they have been told that “big banks” are somehow responsible for the sorry state of our economy, in particular the fact that most young people can’t find good jobs. Elizabeth »

Standoff at Bundy Ranch Ends, With Photo of the Year So Far

Featured image Before I had quite figured out what to make of the Bundy Ranch standoff, it appears to have been resolved. The Bureau of Land Management has announced that in view of the risk of violence, it is withdrawing its forces, which include snipers, from the area. (How many federal agencies employ snipers, anyway? Too many, it is safe to say.) The county sheriff negotiated the terms of the federal government’s »

Gangster Government, Rampant

Featured image It was Michael Barone who, early in President Obama’s first term, described the Obama administration as “gangster government.” With Obama now re-elected, his administration’s gangsterism has shifted into high gear. Consider the following news stories from just the last 24 hours: * Dinesh D’Souza, who made a popular documentary film critical of Obama, has been indicted on felony charges by a U.S. Attorney in New York for using straw contributors »

The High Cost of High Cost

Featured image I’ve been waiting for this: the New York Times whinging about the high cost of the faux-government shutdown.  With so many of the government statistical bureuax closed down as “non-essential,” how would we know? One of my rabbis on economic matters, Brian Wesbury of First Trust, wrote two days ago that “The bottom line on the economy right now is that there is no sign the partial shutdown, or anything »

Yes We Cone

Featured image It may be gangster government, but if so, it’s the gang that can’t shoot straight. I am not sure whether they created this graphic, but I got it from Free Radical Network, via Twitchy: Heh. »

Is Government Too Powerful?

Featured image Yes.  Next question? Gallup is out with a new poll showing the number of Americans who think the government has too much power at a record high: PRINCETON, NJ — Six in 10 Americans (60%) believe the federal government has too much power, one percentage point above the previous high recorded in September 2010. At least half of Americans since 2005 have said the government has too much power. Thirty-two »

Hey Liberals–How Come No Wealth Tax?

Featured image For all of the liberal caterwauling about disparities in wealth, one thing I don’t understand is why no one, not even the socialist senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders in full bulging-neck-vein mode, has started channeling Huey Long and calling for a serious wealth tax.  After all, even if you raise the top marginal income tax rate back up to the Krugman nirvana level of 91 percent, it won’t touch the »

Tales from the Public Sector: Train Wreck Edition

Featured image It’s an old joke that may have originated with Milton Friedman (though Ronald Reagan liked to tell variations, too) that if the federal government took over Saudi Arabia, within a few years there’d be a shortage of sand.  (Just look how well government control of water works out.)  Just three days ago we noted here the epic failure of the U.S. Postal Service to avoid a long-term descent into bankruptcy »

Why “Reform” Makes Problems Worse: A Case Study

Featured image There’s an old saying that goes something like “scoundrels vastly underestimate the cynical possibilities of ‘reform,’” and my own social-sciency version of this is the equation P+R=2P, where P is the Problem and R is the Reform to solve the problem, but which makes the problem twice as bad.  And yes, elementary algebra shows that Reform is a Problem itself.  (See how easy modern academic political science is?  You think »

Environmental Injustice, Hugh Hewitt Edition

Featured image I wrote about the EPA’s “environmental justice” initiative here, here and here. The environmental justice program is based on an executive order by Bill Clinton, which was mostly ignored until Barack Obama’s EPA ran with it. The fundamental problem with “environmental justice,” apart from the fact that no one has any idea what it is, is that the EPA has no legislative authority to pursue such an agenda. Accordingly, the »

The Fitzgerald Hypothesis Tested

Featured image F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote that ‘There are no second acts in American lives,” but it would seem this applied chiefly to him alone for the obvious reason: Fitzgerald’s literary career peaked in his twenties, with Gatsby.  There have been lots of notable second acts: Ronald Reagan’s political career, for example, or numerous actors like Leslie Nielsen, who went from being a serious dramatist to the straight-man comic.  You can »

Nice Bank You Have Here…

Featured image …a shame if anything should happen to it! The Democrats took gangster government to a new level today with attacks on Bank of America by Dick Durbin and President Obama. The attacks arise out of the Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank, which, as we wrote here, directed the Fed to fix the fees which banks can charge for debit card transactions. The rate set by the Fed is inadequate and will »

Another Brain Freeze at the Times

Featured image [Damn.  John beat me to this story.  As soon as I banged out a draft and went to post I saw that John had already worked it over.  Another failure of editorial coordination here at Power Line.  Should I pile on?  Yeah, why not.  There’s one little item in this story I can add to.] Are New York Times editorial writers complete innumerate nincompoops?  Okay, silly question.  The answer is »

The fear factor

Featured image Michelle Malkin fits the Obama campaign’s AttackWatch into the larger pattern set by previous incarnations of “the Obama snitch police.” In her post Michelle recalls the 2008 Obama campaign’s FightTheSmears. In the good old days it was a smear to claim that Michelle Obama ordered room service when she hadn’t stayed at the hotel! Fortunately, FightTheSmears didn’t have to respond to Andrea Tantaros’s New York Daily News column on Michelle »

Overhauling America

Featured image In the post “Chrysler’s resurrection” I wrote about James Stewart’s New York Times puff piece portraying the new Chrysler as a great success story. The Obama administration’s treatment of the auto companies and ongoing deceptions regarding the financial success of the treatment deserves more attention than it has received. In the Age of Obama, the enormities accumulate so quickly it’s hard to keep up. Steven Rattner was the Obama administration’s »