Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Thanksgiving Day in Pictures: Special Edition

Featured image The turkey and leftovers will be cold or eaten by Saturday, so why not a special edition? And the Cowboys better win today or Jerry Jones will declare his head coach to be a turkey and won’t bother with a pardon. And finally. . . »

Why Leftists Are Miserable People, Ch. 12,186

Featured image I think it is Glenn Reynolds who remarked that while the left wants conservatives to shut up, conservatives want leftists to . . . keep talking! Take the case of Ford vs. Ferrari, the high-octane movie tearing up the box office with the same brio as the original Ford Shelby tore up the Le Mans track back in the 1960s. The left hates the movie because it celebrates white male »

Civil War on the Left, Ch. 70: Warren Agonistes

Featured image What’s a “progressive” to do when you have two credible candidates for the Democratic nomination (Sanders and Warren) trying to outbid each other in the Socialist Clearinghouse Giveaway Sweepstakes? (This is the contest where Comrade McMahonsky comes to your door to dispossess you of your house.) Well, for The Guardian, you attack Elizabeth Warren! From the beginning, there were good reasons for progressive leftists not to trust that Elizabeth Warren »

Coming: A White House Office of Euphemisms?

Featured image If you want to catch a quick way of understanding how far left the Democratic Party has drifted over time, run your mind back to the quaint old days of John F. Kennedy, whose administration, in contemplating new policies to reduce poverty, thought that the core of the problem was—I kid you not—”juvenile delinquency.” That’s the term the Kennedy Administration actually used. Today, of course, liberals can’t stand to use »

This Week in Kampus Krazy

Featured image A few days ago we noted how the mild-mannered Arthur Laffer was shouted down and prevented from speaking at SUNY Binghamton, which gives the lie to the frequent complaint of the kampus klan that “if only you right-wingers wouldn’t invite provocateurs like Milo and Ann Coulter to campus there’d be less trouble.” But it is getting hard to keep up, as college campuses seem to be locked in competition with »

The Week in Pictures: Natural Gas Edition

Featured image When you hear the phrase, “investigation into ties with a natural gas producer,” are we talking about Hunter Biden and Burisma, or are we talking about Rep. Eric Swalwell on MSNBC? It is hard to tell them apart. Democrats and their media toadies really ought to be more careful about throwing around the term “bombshell” in connection with their Ahab-like “investigation.”   Headlines of the week: And finally. . . »

The Power Line Show. Ep. 155: Looking Back at the Great Society, with Amity Shlaes

Featured image More than 50 years after Lyndon Johnson launched the “Great Society” and its “war on poverty” that its architects said would eliminate all poverty in America in ten years, we still have poverty and a legacy of failed experiments in social engineering (Model Cities, anyone?) Author Amity Shlaes is out this week with her latest book, Great Society: A New History, that gives us a fine-grained look into numerous aspects »

Buttigieg and the Intersectional Blues

Featured image While “Mayor Pete” rises in the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, it is a delight to watch the media tiptoe around his very weak pull with black voters. The New York Times today ran a story headlined, “Pete Buttigieg is Struggling with Black Voters. Here’s Why.” Except the story never really tells you probably the biggest reason why: American blacks are highly hostile to homosexuality. This fact goes completely »

Kampus Krazy Dialed up to 11

Featured image Back in the sixties, and today, the left likes to refer to “AmeriKKKa.” But increasingly it appears that the actual Klan-like organizations are . . . college campuses. It’s one thing when sensitive campus leftists go krazy over provocateurs like Milo or Ann Coulter. But this week students at SUNY Binghamton shut down a talk from . . . Arthur Laffer. Seriously. A gentle gnome of a man who talks »

The End of Multiculturalism in Scandinavia?

Featured image Let’s take in a few headlines from the last few days, starting with the New York Times: COPENHAGEN — More than 60 years of hassle-free travel from Sweden to Denmark has ended after the Danish authorities, struggling to quell a wave of bombings blamed on Swedish gangs, introduced passport checks for the first time since the 1950s. The measures put in place on Tuesday are temporary and will be applied »

Loose Ends (102)

Featured image • Okay, here we go: Two guards on duty the night of Jeffery Epstein’s “suicide” were charged today with criminal negligence on the job: The night that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a Manhattan jail, one of the guards on duty was catching up on sports news and looking at motorcycle sales on a government computer. The other spent time shopping online for furniture. For about two hours, they appeared »

Claremont Awarded National Humanities Medal

Featured image The White House announced today the forthcoming recipients of the National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal, and one recipient stands out: The Claremont Institute for championing the Nation’s founding principles and enriching American minds. Its publications and public events have deepened our understanding and appreciation of American freedom, democracy, justice, and rule of law. The Claremont Institute is only the second think tank ever awarded the National Humanities »

FedEx Versus the NY Times

Featured image The New York Times today took after FedEx for the sin of having a low corporate tax bill. Sample: FedEx reaped big savings [from the Trump tax cut], bringing its effective tax rate from 34 percentin fiscal year 2017 to less than zero in fiscal year 2018, meaning that, overall, the government technically owed it money. But it did not increase investment in new equipment and other assets in the »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 154: Henry Olsen with the Inside Baseball on Politics and . . . Baseball

Featured image This week I catch up with Henry Olsen to go through the inside baseball of the unfolding Democratic presidential primary season, but also the inside baseball about . . . baseball! Did you know that the Houston Astros colluded with the Russians and Ukrainians to steal the 2017 World Series! So runs the allegation, with hearings no doubt to follow. In any case, I actually stumped Henry by recalling the »

Breaking: Kaepernick’s Kaper (Updated)

Featured image Paul noted a couple days ago the very public “workout” publicity stunt of Colin Kaepernick, which was scheduled to go off at 3 pm eastern time today at Atlanta Falcons stadium. But suddenly this morning Kaepernick complained that the media were being overly restricted, and suddenly moved the event to a local high school and delayed the start time. ESPN reported about an hour ago: Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout is »

The Week in Pictures: Hearsay Edition

Featured image Hey, have you heard that Jeffery Epstein didn’t kill himself? I hear that too. That ought to be good enough to convict someone. Hillary maybe. If hearsay and memes are good enough to impeach the president, why not just go with it and solve the Epstein killing.   Headlines of the week: And finally. . . »

A Tale of Two Photos

Featured image It is tempting to do a Mid-Week in Pictures special offering today because I have a lot of great material accumulating in my Week in Pictures folder for this Saturday—way more than I will be able to use already. But I don’t want to overdo it. Instead, herewith a post on just two pictures, because each has a good story. First up: As it happens, I once got the opportunity, »