National Review

Unity Is Overrated

The Republican party of Macomb County, Mich., is hosting a “unity dinner,” and its guest of honor is Steve Bannon, whose current ambition is to destroy the Republican party. He’s well on his way. It’s a non-obvious choice, if what you’re after is “unity.” But …

Read More »

Trump vs. Hitler: Let’s Run the Numbers.

I heard something unusual when I logged on to the New York Times this morning. It seemed to me a dire, authoritative, even apocalyptic sound. It was as if a gigantic clap of thunder had been produced by an immense boot of truth. Allow me …

Read More »

Senator Paul Is Right about Government Spending

Senator Rand Paul is getting a lot of grief for his complaint that the budget resolution going through the Senate right now is busting the Republicans’ own budget caps by over $40 billion. The reason why his obstruction is upsetting so many people is that …

Read More »

Five Painful Lessons from the Weinstein Scandal

We’re in week two of the Weinstein scandal, meaning that the story is no longer on the front pages and is now becoming a convenient cudgel for a lot of oddly distant causes: “Zionism.” “Patriarchy and capitalism.” The “toxic masculinity” in American culture. Let’s not …

Read More »

Ex-Im Cronyism Redux

If you look around, you’ll see that corporate welfare is everywhere. Occupational licensing, certificate-of-need laws, farm subsidies, and more. And boy, is it everywhere when the Export-Import Bank is involved. Last week, Representative Charlie Dent (R., Pa.) introduced a bill trying the make the Export-Import …

Read More »

The Adult in the Room

John Kelly addressed the condolence flap today. Let’s hope his moving, impressive, highly informative statement puts an end to this whole thing: Continue Reading....

Read More »

‘The Cognitive Dissonance Presidency’

I wrote about Trump’s moving-target views on the Alexander/Murray deal today for Politico: To paraphrase Groucho Marx, President Donald Trump has a position on the Lamar Alexander/Patty Murray health care deal, and if you don’t like it, he has another one… Trump can’t decide who …

Read More »

Media Matters Fails to Discredit Me

Media Matters must be running low on targets since it chose to go after a piece I have in the Weekly Standard this week urging that Congress repeal Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). I argue that IPAB is both unconstitutional–a matter MM ignores–and a …

Read More »

No to Alexander-Murray

Senators Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D., Wash.) have crafted a health-care deal that demonstrates why alleged fixes to Obamacare traveling under the banner of bipartisanship are such a non-starter. The deal is a response to President Trump’s recent executive actions. One of …

Read More »

On Amazon and the Tech Monopolies

Everybody hates Amazon. It’s kind of weird. Donald Trump, as a candidate, threatened to bring antitrust actions against Amazon and accused the Internet retailer of dodging taxes, and as president Trump has taken a special interest in the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, who also owns …

Read More »

Send this to a friend