Talking Trade With Bill Bennett

Featured image This morning I was on Bill Bennett’s radio show, talking about the trade promotion authority bill that squeaked through the Senate yesterday. Our starting point was this post, in which I urged Republican senators to vote against cloture on the bill. Only five did. The conversation went well beyond the scope of the post, extending to the Trade In Services Agreement as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, two measures that »

Hillary Clinton, Race-Baiter

Featured imageJohn and others have already noted the Democratic/Clintonian hypocrisy about the Confederate battle flag, but get a load of this moment from Hillary Clinton from 2008 (just 45 seconds long) talking about her support from “hard working Americans, white Americans,” and ask yourself what the media industrial complex would have said if it had come from a Republican: »

More Environmental Epic Fail

Featured imageDoes it seem like most environmental policies backfire to some extent, or just 95 percent of them? I lately returned to the 2012 National Bureau of Economic Research paper on how electric cars are actually more polluting in some states, depending on the electricity source, e.g. if you live in Indiana, every Tesla should come with a bumper sticker that says “How Do You Like My Coal-Powered Car?”  Heh. Earlier »

Hillary relies on Republicans to be a party of cowards

Featured imageHillary Clinton has made “voting rights” the centerpiece of her presidential campaign. Christian Adams reports: In Houston, Hillary made election process rules a focus of her campaign. By process, I mean who votes, when they vote, and how they vote. While Republicans tend to focus on issues, Democrats realize that if they dominate the process of the election, the power to control the issues will follow. Process brings power. Hillary’s »

Getting to yes

Featured imageOmri Ceren writes to comment on George Jahn’s AP story “Document outlines bit-power nuke help to Iran.” If you have been following our posts presenting Omri’s comments on the breaking news of our capitulation to the Islamic Republic of Iran, please don’t miss this one: The Associated Press got ahold of one of the five secret annexes being worked on ahead of a final deal between the P5+1 global powers »

Rumors of Gruber

Featured imageThe late Arnaud de Borchgrave and the still kicking Robert Moss published The Spike in 1980 to expose the power of the media to suppress politically unpalatable stories in the service of covert political interests. The University of Chicago’s Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Charles Lipson draws on the metaphor of “the spike” to describe what has happened to the revelations of Monday’s Wall Street Journal story reporting »

Obama expounds on racism, superficially

Featured imagePresident Obama said yesterday that “we are not cured of [racism].” He also said that “the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives. . .casts a long shadow and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.” Let’s consider these assertions. The second consists of cliched metaphors (“casts a long shadow” and “part of our DNA”). As such, they are difficult to evaluate. »

Dartmouth alum provides clarity on “torture”

Featured imageRobert Grenier served in the CIA for 27 years. In 2001, as station chief in Islamabad, he developed a CIA war plan for southern Afghanistan that relied on Afghans to drive Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters from Kabul and install Hamid Karzai as the country’s new president. He describes these events in a new book called 88 Days to Kandahar. Grenier also helped coordinate covert operations in support of the »

Politics In the Era of Symbolic Liberalism

Featured imageI am old enough to remember when liberals actually thought liberalism was a good idea. Long ago, liberals like Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey fought for programs that they thought would improve the lives of Americans. True, many of their ideas turned out to be bad–I would argue that most were–but at least they had ideas, and they made an impact. Those days are gone. Today, being a liberal is »

The 1980s Are Calling…

Featured imageTwo items from today’s newspapers, the first from the New York Times: In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of »

The Gruber variations

Featured imageOn Morning Joe yesterday, the crew assessed the veracity of the Obama administration against the page-two Wall Street Journal story that I quoted and commented on in “From the mixed-up files of Jonathan Gruber.” On MSNBC a good time was had by all. Kudos to Joe Scarborough for picking up the story and to his sidekick Mika for playing it relatively straight. As for the rest, this is an unimpressive »

Tales of the administrative state

Featured imageWe have written a lot about the administrative state and administrative law on Power Line over the past few years. Reviewing Philip Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful? for National Review last year, I summarized just about everything I have learned about the administrative state. The review was published under the apt heading “A new old regime.” Drawing on his personal experience and observation, a reader writes to comment: As a »

About That Whole Confederate Flag Thing? Never Mind

Featured imageHillary Clinton: Confederate flag is “a symbol of our nation’s racist past that has no place in our present or our future.” Images via American Power. »

Media Alert

Featured imageFor early risers, I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning to talk about yesterday’s post on trade promotion authority. The catch is that you need to be up at 6:30 Eastern (that’s 5:30 for us here in the Midwest) to hear it. Trust me, it will be well worth the loss of sleep! If you don’t know where to find Bill’s show on your local radio dial, »

Lack of self-restraint makes CEOs, and capitalism, easy targets

Featured imageI’ve heard it said that in the 1950s and early 1960s, doctors often drove Buicks even though they could afford Cadillacs. Maybe they didn’t want to show off. Or maybe they didn’t want to be subjected to the kind of joke that Alfred Hitchcock used in “The Man Who Knew Too Much” when Jimmy Stewart (as a doctor) and Doris Day describe the medical procedures that are paying for their »

Tom Cotton on the Obama-Iran axis

Featured imageOur friend Senator Tom Cotton has released a statement commenting on the Bloomberg story reported yesterday by Josh Rogin and Eli Lake here that we are now sharing a military base with Iranian forces in Iraq: When I was a soldier fighting in Iraq, Iran supplied the most advanced, most lethal roadside bombs used against coalition forces. Many American soldiers lost their lives to Iran’s proxies and Iranian-supplied bombs. Further, »

Iran (and Obama) vs. Israel (2)

Featured imageFormer Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s Ally: My Journey Across the Israeli-American Divide is out from Random House today. The book is part autobiography, part memoir, part history and part (as they say in the bookstore) current events. I urge interested readers to pick it up now and study it with care. The book makes a valuable contribution to recent history in which he has been a participant and to which »