Mandatory Voting? Is This a Joke? [Updated]

Featured image President Obama, bemoaning the fact that Democrats have recently tended to stay home during off-year elections, has seriously floated the idea that Americans should be legally required to vote: President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year’s midterm election due in part to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday. “It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in »

MSNBC on Life Support: An Unbiased View

Featured imageMSNBC has been in a state of decline for as long as I can remember. In its latest iteration, the network apparently decided it hadn’t been left-wing enough during the Keith Olbermann days, so it “leaned forward”–I never understood what that meant–until it did a face-plant. What makes this Media Post article on the troubled news network interesting is that it is non-political. MSNBC’s decline is assessed from a strictly »

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

Featured imageThere are a few torch songs that lament the coming of Spring. This time of year, if you’re tuned to one of the right stations, you may well find yourself listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s memorable rendition of “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most.” The song is a buried treasure on Ella’s 1961 quartet-backed jazz set Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! (I love the Amazon review that rates it »

House Prepares to Join Senate on Iran

Featured imageThe White House tried to demonize 47 Senate Republicans as traitors because they wrote an open letter explaining the important role that the Senate plays in any binding treaty. It looks as though the “traitor” list is about to get much longer, as a bipartisan group of over 300 Congressmen are preparing a letter of their own, reminding President Obama of the role that Congress must play in any meaningful »

Federal judge asks, “Can I trust what the president says?” DOJ lawyer gives wrong answer

Featured imageJudge Andrew Hanen, the federal judge who blocked President immigration executive action, suggested yesterday that he might order sanctions against the Justice Department if he rules that it misled him about when the administration began implementing one of its immigration measures. Judge Hanen is concerned that the Justice Department misled him into believing that a key part of Obama’s amnesty program would not be implemented before he made a ruling »

Because Nothing Says “Fun” Like Hillary Clinton

Featured imageSatire is nearly impossible with stories like this, from ABC News: Why Hillary Clinton Thinks America Has a “Fun Deficit” “There’s a huge fun deficit in America,” Clinton said during remarks at the American Camp Association conference in Atlantic City. “We really need camps for adults.” With a wink and a nudge to Congress, Clinton made the case that if more adults — and perhaps politicians — had more fun, »

Our Supreme Leader is a Supreme Fool

Featured imageI know that Barack Obama fancies himself a grand strategist the likes of which the world has never seen. (Okay, that may be true, but not in the way he thinks.) In an important essay last month at Mosaic, Michael Doran drew a revealing portrait of “Obama’s secret Iran agenda” that cast light on dark corners. If you want to understand Obama’s strategery, Doran’s essay is the place to go. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll is back with a look at BAD IDEAS. She writes: When in the course of human events the brain thinks up things to do, it is inevitable that some of those things are going to be bad ideas. For example, some bad business ideas would be a line of humorous sympathy cards or Certs that come in Garlic Flavor. Then, there’s the ideas (famously, often one’s last) that »

New Series: Worst Professors in America

Featured imageWe have the (temporarily dormant) Power Line 100 Best Professors in America roster (which I do intend to restart when I get back to a broader higher education project), and of course the coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award. It occurs to me that we really do need a Worst Professors in America roster, too. The other day we noted the tenured professor of sociology from Penn State, Karen Halnon, »

Rubio steps up

Featured imageMarco Rubio took to the Senate floor this afternoon to speak about Israel in the context of the Obama administration’s unremitting hostility to its elected leadership (video below). Obama will not forgive Israelis for reelecting Netanyahu or Netanyahu for having the temerity to prevail in the face of his opposition. Senator Rubio is on fire in these remarks as he steps up to trace the history of Obama’s antipathy to »

Terms of Proposed Iran Deal Leaked

Featured imageObama administration officials have leaked to the Associated Press an outline of the deal they are pursuing with Iran’s mullahs. What is striking is how little benefit Iran’s adversaries will receive in exchange for the immediate lifting of sanctions, even assuming that Iran honors the agreement: Officials said the tentative deal imposes new limits on the number of centrifuges Iran can operate to enrich uranium, a process that can lead »

How feminism became boring

Featured image45 years ago, I found feminists to be intellectually interesting. Perhaps this was due to the fact that they were more intellectually interesting than the Marxists I hung out with, but I think there was more to it than that. I now find most feminists boring even compared to Marxists. But Camille Paglia remains extraordinarily interesting. Paglia delivers a virtuoso display in this interview with Nick Gillespie. Among other things, »

Playing the race card against Netanyahu

Featured imageThe West seems to be in the process of switching sides when it comes to Israel and Iran. Negotiations that will lift sanctions on Iran are in the final stages; meanwhile European leaders are discussing the imposition of sanctions on Israel. Moreover, under President Obama, the U.S. is no longer committed to ending Iran’s nuclear weapons program which represents an existential threat to Israel. Instead, it is prepared to sign »

Why No One Trusts Environmentalists

Featured imageIt didn’t start with global warming: environmentalists have been distorting (and sometimes fabricating) facts for a long time. As a result, most people have learned to view environmentalists’ claims with skepticism. Here is a case in point. A group called Environment Minnesota started a petition campaign against Flint Hills Resources, which operates the Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota. Pine Bend is one of two refineries in the state. Environment »

Senate Democrats Vote to Pay Cash Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

Featured imageThe Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration has repeatedly warned that illegal immigrants are collecting billion of dollars in refundable tax credits to which they are not legally entitled. This outrageous situation can be corrected rather easily, by requiring tax filers to supply a valid Social Security number in order to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit. Today in the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions proposed an amendment that »

Netanyahu Clarifies His Stance On Two States

Featured imageIt was widely reported that, during the last days of the Israeli election campaign, Prime Minister Netanyahu told his supporters that there would never be a Palestinian state as long as he was in office. This provoked howls of outrage, including a threat by the Obama administration to join with anti-Israel forces in the United Nations to press for recognition of a Palestinian state based on Israel’s 1967 borders: [W]ith »

The Power Line Show: Episode 12, with Marco Rubio

Featured imageSteve, Paul and I got together yesterday afternoon to record Episode 12 of the Power Line Show. Foreign affairs dominated in the form of Iran and the election in Israel, but we also talked about the Republicans’ need to coordinate on the budget and wrapped with conversation about the 2016 GOP presidential field. The show is highlighted by an interview with Senator Marco Rubio, who explained his reasons for signing »