Hoover Daily Report
Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

What Obamacare, ‘Supplemental Services,’ and Teacher Evaluations Have in Common

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Thursday, October 24, 2013

It brings me no pleasure to predict that the project to create rigorous teacher evaluations by fiat is likely to fail.

Analysis and Commentary

Obamacare's Majestic Failure Is About Much More Than 'Glitches'

by Scott W. Atlasvia Forbes.com
Thursday, October 24, 2013

The government is far outside its area of expertise,

Analysis and Commentary

Beware the Hidden Costs of Beautifully Misnamed Laws

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

California Prisons Are Next For A U.N. Desperately Searching For A Purpose

by David Davenportvia Forbes.com
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Strike a blow for federalism, and against global governance.

Analysis and Commentary

Are Republicans dealing with a ‘Gotham Theory’ in California?

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Three Republicans are vying for the right to face Gov. Jerry Brown next November; unfortunately, none of the hopefuls is to be confused with a Caped Crusader.

Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian Podcast: Political Correctness, Intellectual Property, and the Washington Redskins

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Listen to Political Correctness, Intellectual Property, and the Washington Redskins by Hoover Institution: Richard Epstein analyzes the legal challenge to the name of the Washington Redskins and whether the team should opt for a new moniker. | Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio.

Analysis and Commentary

Eureka: Sacramento Spotlight: Comprehensive Good Governance Reform Part 2 – Eliminating Term Limits

by Carson Brunovia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

The World According to Kipling

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

How 'Debt Ceilings' Increase Debt

by Gary S. Becker, Edward Paul Lazearvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The recent wrangling in Washington over the debt ceiling, with both sides promising to return to battle early next year, never got around to considering this proposition: Maybe debt ceilings are a bad idea, because they may lead to increased spending.


Analysis and Commentary

A Lawyer Lost in a Region of Thugs

by Fouad Ajamivia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lamentations about what has become of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East miss the point. The remarkable thing about President Obama's diplomacy in the region is that it has come full circle—to the very beginning of his presidency.

Analysis and Commentary

Saudi Arabia's Unhappy. So What?

by Kori Schakevia Shadow Government (Foreign Policy)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, is venting to journalists and foreign diplomats about his irritation at feckless Obama administration policies in the Middle East, ominously suggesting his country is at the point of making a "major shift" away from the United States. Prince Turki al-Faisal, former director of Saudi intelligence, joined in with an address to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, saying, "The current charade of international control over Bashar's chemical arsenal would be funny if it were not so blatantly perfidious and designed not only to give Mr. Obama an opportunity to back down, but also to help Assad to butcher his people." The Saudi complaints include not attacking Syria, not providing weapons and support to Syrian rebels, American support for the elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, U.S. cuts of assistance to the military that overthrew that government, and a lack of consultation on negotiations with Iran. The Saudis are not alone, of course, in their criticism. Every country in the region is exasperated, as are many Americans. As former Centcom commander Jim Mattis so memorably put it, "I defy anyone to tell me what U.S. strategy is in the Middle East." But the Saudis' unhappiness is not proof that U.S. policies are wrong. Obama administration policies are wrong, but not in the ways or for the reasons the Saudis excoriate them. And bringing U.S. policies into alignment with Saudi Arabia is likely to create a Middle East even less in America's interests than the Obama administration's bungling has. Saudi Arabia wants a very different Middle East than we do. The Saudis oppose democracy. They oppose freedom of the press. They oppose freedom of conscience and practice of faiths other than Islam. They oppose women's equality before the law. They oppose the idea that individuals have rights and loan them in limited ways and for limited purposes to governments. They deny rights to their own Shiite citizens in Saudi Arabia, while advocating and enforcing the same in Bahrain. They denigrate domestic opposition as solely agents of Iran. Not only do the Saudis oppose these fundamental values of American society, but they have funded and armed some of the most virulent jihadists. Rachel Bronson's superb history of U.S.-Saudi relations, Thicker Than Oil, makes clear that the United States was complicit in Saudi Arabia's fostering of the mujahideen in Afghanistan; the Saudis now want U.S. complicity in supporting jihadists in Syria and the return to power of the deep state in Egypt (a model they would perpetuate throughout the region). Secretary of State John Kerry did a fine diplomatic turn in London on Tuesday, outlining the areas of U.S.-Saudi common interest, toning down the problem, and conveying a calm confidence that the two countries will continue to work together. The policy question is what form greater Saudi opposition to U.S. policies might take.

Interviews
Interviews

Ed Lazear on Fox Business’ Cavuto

with Edward Paul Lazearvia Cavuto (Fox Business)
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Former President George W. Bush Chief Economic Advisor Ed Lazear on efforts to raise taxes.

Interviews

Scott Atlas on Sound Off Connecticut Radio

with Scott W. Atlasvia CBS Connecticut
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Interviews

Peter Schweizer on The Kudlow Report

with Peter Schweizervia Kudlow Report (CNBC)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hoover Institution fellow and author of "Extortion!" Peter Schweizer discusses the economics of elections.

Interviews

Peter Schweizer on The Sean Hannity Show

with Peter Schweizervia Fox News
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
In the News
In the News

Better News in New Study That Assesses U.S. Students

with Paul E. Petersonvia New York Times
Thursday, October 24, 2013

A report comparing math and science test scores of eighth graders has found that a majority outperformed the international average.