The Upside of the Animalistic Mr. Trump

Featured image John Maynard Keynes was right about one thing: economic dynamism depends on “animal spirits,” that is, the appetite for entrepreneurial risk-taking needs to reach a critical mass for an economy to boom. And this isn’t something that can be easily quantified, though the fact that new business startups under Obama plummeted is certainly one tangible measure of how the economy has been smothered in the Obama years. Hence, beyond specific »

Too many generals?

Featured imageDemocrats and their many pals in the mainstream media have been able to find a hook through which to criticize nearly every nominee presented by president-elect Trump. For Sen. Jeff Sessions, it’s bogus allegations of bigotry. For Dr. Ben Carson, it’s lack of subject matter expertise and administrative experience (a fair, though not dispositive objection, I think). For Scott Pruitt, it’s that he’s had the audacity to sue the EPA. »

Pearl Harbor day for the lawless EPA

Featured imageDonald Trump’s administration will not be an entirely orthodox conservative affair. The Carrier deal so demonstrates. However, Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA demonstrates that, in important respects, the Trump administration will likely be more conservative than that of George H.W. and George W. Bush, and more conservative than a John McCain or Mitt Romney administration probably would have been. William Reilly was the EPA administrator under »

The down home truth about Jeff Sessions

Featured imageAttempts to portray Senator Jeff Sessions as a racist continue to run into this problem — African-Americans who know him well aren’t buying in. I wrote here about Donald Watkins, a Black attorney who attended law school with Sessions in the early 1970s. Watkins says that his interactions with Sessions back then, and throughout the years since, have convinced him that the Senator is a good man. “Jeff was a »

Full of Schiff

Featured imageI think Tucker Carlson got the better of the incredibly smug Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff on Tucker’s FOX News show last night. The subject under discussion was Russian cyber hacking in connection with our just concluded election. Schiff should know what he is talking about; he is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Carlson questioned the factuality and basis of Schiff’s assertion. Among other highlights, Schiff accused Carlson »

Ellison seeks full-time work

Featured imageSpeaking at a gathering of Democrats in Denver last week, Keith Ellison argued that he could both represent Minnesota’s Fifth District in the House and lead the Democratic National Committee if elected its chairman. “All there is to do is to vote ‘no,’” Ellison explained, vowing that he would spend “every other moment” working for the party. No comment was sought from Ellison’s Democratic colleagues in the Minnesota congressional delegation. »

Hillary’s Recount Nearly Dead in Michigan

Featured imageThe federal judge in Michigan who ordered a recount to begin in that state on Monday has now reversed his ruling and withdrawn that order. His reversal was based on an order from a Michigan appellate court to the effect that Jill Stein did not have standing to demand a recount: U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith agreed with Republicans who argued that the three-day recount must end a day after »

Green Weenie, Supplemental

Featured imageI may have been too hasty awarding this week’s Green Weenie to the NRDC this morning. Because since that post, Trump has announced his intention to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Pruitt is a totally awesome pic for the EPA. I had been hearing the names of a lot of Bush Administration retreads for EPA, which would have meant business as usual. How awesome is »

Green Weenie of the Week: The NRDC

Featured imageThe Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is out today with a breathless press release warning that transporting Canadian oil by means of ships or barges threatens oil spills into our rivers and estuaries: NRDC Report: Tar Sands Tankers in U.S. Waters Could Skyrocket 12-Fold Under Canadian Producers’ Plans A flood of dirty oil and possible damaging spills in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mississippi River threatens iconic species, tourism and communities; »

Hillary to fete her big money donors

Featured imageHillary Clinton is throwing party to thank her rich donors. According to Kaitlan Collins of the Daily Caller, notable guests will include Harvey Weinstein, Anna Wintour, and several other fat cats not notable enough for me to have heard of. Arguably, Donald Trump should also throw a party for these folks and the various celebrities who tried to drag Hillary over the finish line. By spending so much time at »

A word for David Stras

Featured imagePresident-elect Trump’s “thank you” tour touched down in Fayetteville, North Carolina last night. Trump formally introduced General Mattis as his appointed Secretary of Defense and mentioned that his prospective Supreme Court appointment is coming soon. Here I would like to put in a good word for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras. Speaking last month as the keynote speaker at the Twin Cities Cardozo Society, Justice Stras drew life lessons »

Pearl Harbor remembered

Featured imageOne hundred and three year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing was serving on the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. On CNN, Jake Tapper invited former Lieutenant Downing to discuss the Japanese attack on the American fleet on the 75th anniversary. Downing testifies: “It’s frozen in our minds the destruction that took place that morning…Somehow that image of the attack is frozen in »

Three more Trump selections

Featured imagePresident-elect Trump has made at least three more selections for top-level jobs. Gen. John Kelly is his pick to head the Department of Homeland Secretary. Trump has also chosen Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the EPA and Iowa governor Terry Branstad to be the U.S. ambassador to China. Pruitt’s selection will cause liberals the most heartburn. As the attorney general of his state, he has led the fight »

NYT Reporter: Why Can’t We Assassinate Conservatives?

Featured imageGardiner Harris is the New York Times’s White House reporter. His Twitter feed, where many reporters reveal themselves, shows Harris to be an unabashed cheerleader for the Democratic Party. To cite just one of many examples: Republicans consider ending the Republic as we know it: That Supreme Court Stonewall May Not Crumble Anytime Soon https://t.co/9CG8cfeT78 — Gardiner Harris (@GardinerHarris) November 4, 2016 So when Gardiner Harris asks questions of Josh »

A framework for replacing Obamacare

Featured imageJames Capretta and Scott Gottlieb of AEI lay out the four reforms around which they say the effort to replace Obamacare should center. They are: 1. Provide a path to catastrophic health insurance for all Americans. Obamacare provides all sorts of health care coverage, including lots of coverage the purchaser doesn’t need (e.g. child birthing care for people not capable of having children). Making people pay for coverage they don’t »

On Ellison, pass the popcorn

Featured imageAlan Dershowitz thinks that Keith Ellison is just the man to lead the Democratic Party — if you want to bury the Democrats. On that point, he agrees with many Power Line readers on Ellison’s candidacy to to chair the DNC. In the video below, Professor Dershowitz expounds on what he sees as Ellison’s — what’s the word? — “weaknesses” as a prospective party leader. Professor Dershowitz argued his case »

New York Times blames Taiwan call on Bob Dole

Featured imageThe New York Times breathlessly reports: Former Senator Bob Dole, acting as a foreign agent for the government of Taiwan, worked behind the scenes over the past six months to establish high-level contact between Taiwanese officials and President-elect Donald J. Trump’s staff, an outreach effort that culminated last week in an unorthodox telephone call between Mr. Trump and Taiwan’s president. Mr. Dole, a lobbyist with the Washington law firm Alston »