The NY Times: Against the Minimum Wage Before It Was For It

Featured image I had lunch with a couple of Republican Congressmen a week or so ago. They said the Democrats are desperate to talk about anything other than Obamacare, and have decided that their best distraction is the minimum wage. So we can expect to hear a lot about raising the minimum wage over the next ten months. The New York Times editorial board, a reliable mouthpiece for the left wing of »

Inequality — a necessary ingredient of New York’s greatness

Featured image At his inauguration, New York’s new mayor Bill DeBlasio denounced the city’s economic inequality. He seemed to argue that to remain truly great, New York must remedy income inequality. I submit, however, that New York is great in part because of income inequality. The wealth at the top end of the economic spectrum clearly has played a major role in the city’s greatness. For one thing, the very rich have »

How Obama Thinks We Should Live: A Reader Responds

Featured image Paul’s dissections of the Obama administration’s “affirmatively furthering fair housing” initiative have been characteristically cerebral. But a reader responds a little more, shall we say, viscerally. Sit back and enjoy: Nothing surprising here–it’s the strategic end state, the logical culmination of the racially and economically just society…the final elaboration of the means to destroy the deep structures in society that produce most social evils, especially discrimination and racism from which »

Obama moves to impose his vision of how we should live, Part Two

Featured image I wrote here about the Obama administration’s proposed rule on “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH), an attempt to dictate how we shall live. I argued that, in essence, President Obama seeks to use the power of the national government to create communities of a certain kind, each having what the federal government deems an appropriate mix of economic, racial, and ethnic diversity. To get a good idea of what this »

A liberal mugged by reality

Featured image Mark Andrew is a prominent Minneapolis Democrat. He served as long as he wanted to as a Hennepin County (Minneapolis and inner-ring suburbs) Commissioner, from 1982 until he resigned from the Hennepin County Board in 1999. He served a term as chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic Farmer Labor Party in the mid 1990s. Last month he came in a distant second in a crowded field running for Minneapolis mayor, though it »

Obama moves to impose his vision of how we should live, Part One

Featured image As the end of the year approaches, we are waiting for the Obama administration to complete the process by which its rule on “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH) becomes embedded in the Code of Federal Regulations. In July, the Department of Housing and Urban Development issued its proposed AFFH rule for public comment. The rule was expected to be finalized this month. The AFFH rule is part of Obama’s attempt »

We Are Living In a World Gone Mad [Updated]

Featured image The biggest news story of the last week was about Phil Robertson, a TV reality star who gave an interview to GQ. The interviewer eagerly solicited Robertson’s views on homosexuality, which turned out to be middle of the road. Robertson said that 1) the Bible disapproves of homosexual conduct, along with lots of other sins, and 2) he personally thinks women have a lot more to offer than gay men. »

The new Dodd-Frank rules — modern liberalism in a nutshell

Featured image The almost non-stop stream of Obamacare twists and turns should not divert our attention from radical new regulation of mortgage financing that will take effect, pursuant to Dodd-Frank, on January 10, 2014. Diane Katz of the Heritage Foundation has the details. As Katz points out, Washington’s response to the financial crisis of 2008 rests on the premise that the housing bubble and subsequent crash were the fault of unscrupulous mortgage »

Department of “the more things change. . .”

Featured image We hear plenty of talk these days about the rise of excessive partisanship and the decline of civil political discourse. Supposedly, things were so much more genial in the good old days. That may actually be true at some level if we’re talking about politicians. If we’re talking about liberal pundits, probably not so much. In researching my baseball article about the December 5, 1963 trade that sent Jim Bunning »

The Many Faces of Tyrannical Liberalism

Featured image Yesterday I noted that had decided to follow the lead of the Los Angeles Times, which ostentatiously announced recently that it would no longer print letters to the editor expressing skepticism of climate change orthodoxy.  Such is the confidence in their position that all dissent has to be suppressed.  Today a moderator of the science forum takes to the Puffington Host to recommend that all media outlets ban »

Democrats Prioritize Illegal Aliens Over Veterans

Featured image The Ryan-Murray budget deal cuts spending by reducing cost of living increases in military pensions. This provision was troubling to Senator Jeff Sessions, who is a spending hawk but thinks there are lots of items in the federal budget that should be cut before veterans’ benefits. As usual, I think Sessions is right. Harry Reid runs the Senate with an autocratic hand. One of his favorite tricks is called “filling »

Who Funds the Far Left? You’ll Be Surprised

Featured image The Center for American Progress is a left-wing organization that is closely associated with the Obama administration. Its principal product is a web site called Think Progress. Think Progress is part of the internet cesspool that modern liberalism has become. Written by hack left-wing bloggers, it is bitterly hostile to free enterprise. It is a low-rent site that traffics in the most absurd smears and conspiracy theories. Many have wondered »

George Will explicates the text

Featured image In the Chris Matthews kneepad interview on MSNBC — I fastened on this strand of it here — President Obama unburdened himself of the deep thought that “we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly”: “We’ve got, for example, 16 different agencies that have some responsibility to help businesses, large and small, in all kinds of ways, whether it’s helping to »

Fight! Fight! On the Left: An Update

Featured image Last week I brought our attention to the intramural fight on the left between the relatively moderate Clintonistas and the full-froth lefties like Sen. Fauxcahontas (Lizzie Warren).  In one sentence, the intolerant left (but I repeat myself) responded to criticisms of their populist tent revivalism with threats and intimidation. Yesterday David Weigel reported on Slate that there’s much more to this story.  Weigel explains patiently how the populist-progressive left set »

Should Anyone Get His News From a Comedian?

Featured image I have never watched Jon Stewart’s show, or any other program on Comedy Central. Life is too short. But I am aware that some people take Stewart seriously as a political commentator. In fact, the New York Times described him as perhaps “the most trusted man in America.” But why? I assume that Stewart is slightly above average in intelligence, but does he have any experience, knowledge or expertise that »

Liberal Excuses

Featured image A compleat roster of liberal excuses would require many volumes, or perhaps even an open-ended architecture like Wikipedia.  (Maybe Power Line will start a reader-generated WikiLiberalism?)  But there are a couple of items worthy of special note at the moment. First, James Taranto of the indispensable “Best of the Web” catches former Enron adviser Paul Krugman in an egregious instance of partisan hackery (Krugchild’s normal mode): “Here’s the world as »

In Lunacy, Veritas

Featured image Chris Matthews is crazy. Nevertheless, when left-wingers talk openly with one another, their craziness can be revealing. That is the case, I think, with this remarkable MSNBC clip. Matthews, fresh from his kneepad interview with President Obama, praises what he terms a uniquely brilliant insight by Al Sharpton: South Africa’s white politicians of the apartheid era were more patriotic than today’s Republicans: I haven’t heard anything as smart as what »