In an earlier California on Your Mind column, I discussed how California is ranked 49th among US states in housing affordability, 42nd in public school quality, and 40th in tax rates, all of which negatively affect Californians, particularly those with school-age children.
The illegal effort to destroy the 2016 Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton campaign’s use of funds to create, disseminate among court media, and then salt among high Obama administration officials, a fabricated, opposition smear dossier failed. So has the second special prosecutor phase of the coup to abort the Trump presidency failed.
Watching the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” on a long-haul flight last week, I was reminded that brinkmanship was the way Freddie Mercury lived his life — not only his bisexual love life, but also his musical life. It was brinkmanship that led to the release of “Bohemian Rhapsody” as a single. The movie casts Mike Myers as a stereotypical record label executive. “What on earth is it about?” Ray Foster rants incredulously.
On Feb. 15, President Trump took a number of legal steps, including declaring a national emergency and invoking emergency authorities, in connection with his efforts to construct a wall on the southern border. There are important senses in which Trump’s actions are a big deal, and important senses in which they are not nearly as big a deal as many contend.
Sometimes, the best laid plans of scribes and men go awry – this column being a good example. I was prepared to have some fun at the expense of New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a vegan and Democratic presidential hopeful who believes that animal agriculture is unsustainable.
The highly publicized resolution known as the Green New Deal, inspired by the fevered socialism of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, insists that it is “the duty of the federal government to create a Green New Deal.” The proposal will, in time, go down as one of the nuttiest public policy documents ever written in the history of the United States.
Catherine Semcer of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the role of incentives in preserving wildlife in Africa. The conversation discusses how allowing limited hunting of big game such as elephants and using revenue from hunting licenses to reward local communities for habitat stewardship has improved both habitat and wildlife populations while reducing poaching.
The Florida Tax Credit (FTC) scholarship program is the nation’s largest private school choice program. A new study finds that students who enroll in private schools through the FTC program are more likely to go to and graduate from college than their public school peers.
Some in the mainstream media have tried to marginalize the Green New Deal, characterizing it as only relevant to a few politicians on the far left. The reality is very different. The Green New Deal has become the policy manifesto for many prominent Democrats—including most of the leading candidates for president in 2020.
With President’s Day at hand, we at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute wondered how many public schools honor our former chief executives with their names—and what that might tell us about which presidents we revere.
Economist Tyler Cowen recently interviewed Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson. The audio and transcript are here. My three favorite highlights follow. After that, I’ll say what I wish Tyler had asked about.
Concretely I mean that the bizarre 18th-century idea of liberalism—which is the theory of a society composed entirely of free people, liberi, and no slaves—gave ordinary people the notion that they could have a go. And go they did. In the earliest if hesitatingly liberal societies such as Britain and France, and among the liberi in societies still fully dominated by traditional hierarchies such as Russia and much of Italy, or the slave states of the United States, the turn of the 19th century saw a sharp rise of innovation.
My wife and I went to see the movie Green Book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it. I won’t bother recounting the story; that’s easy to find on line. Instead I want to remark on a line in the movie.
Senior Fellow Lee Ohanian of the Hoover Institution says the Green New Deal cannot be paid for and represents a huge step toward a socialistic, command-driven economy in the United States that would reduce freedom for all individuals.
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses that the pending legal battle over the national emergency declared by President Trump may all center around “semantics.” Hanson added that it was “psycho-dramatic” to say that the Constitution is “in danger,” pointing to Obama’s actions on the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and DACA.
Over the weekend, I linked to Jack Goldsmith’s article on President Trump’s use of national emergency power to come up with the money to build more border fencing. Goldsmith took no position at this early date on the legality of Trump’s move. However, his initial view is that hysteria over it is misplaced and that Trump’s legal position is plausible.
Providing an idea of what think tanks do and how they work is the subject of an upcoming lecture by Thomas Gilligan of the Hoover Institute to be held on Thursday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Grise Hall’s Guillaume Auditorium. Gilligan’s lecture is sponsored by the BB&T Center of the Study. Of Capitalism and the public is invited.
Think you are seeing more drug ads on television? You are probably correct. And guess who they are targeting? Us. Older people, that is. Television’s direct-to-consumer drug ads rose by 6.7 percent in 2017 from a year earlier, the most recent data I could find indicates. And the media has proven effective among the elderly, who have the greater therapeutic needs, analysts report.
President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency and move funds around to pay for more wall building is certain to be challenged in court. The case almost surely will arrive at the Supreme Court.
A British MP talked about something other than Brexit the other week. Conservative MP Robert Halfon was speaking up for children’s education and how he wanted to smash up the current exam system to give young people better skills for their future working lives.
A lawsuit filed by the environmental advocacy group Protect Our Parks (POP) has gained unexpected traction in its effort to block the arrival of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) in Jackson Park. Although the suit was not expected to seriously impact proceedings, a flurry of amici curiae (friends of the court) briefs and two ruling delays, most recently on February 14, have raised the question of whether the lawsuit will alter the current course of the OPC. The City approved the OPC’s proposal in May 2018.
LeBron James, worth over $400 million, is now in the “Equality” business. He released his $185 Nike LeBron 16 “Equality Pack” sneakers on MLK Day last month to add to his lucrative collection of sports gear.
In a post worth reading in full, he knocks down some of the hysteria about this action: Trump’s actions have been greeted with now-familiar claims that he is sparking a constitutional crisis or threatening the rule of law. Considering just the substance of what Trump has done, these are large exaggerations. Everything Trump proposes to do purports to be grounded in congressional statutes and much of what he aims to do does not rely on emergency power.
Norman Thomas was not easily discouraged. Running for president in 1932, three years into the shattering, terrifying Depression, which seemed to many to be a systemic crisis of capitalism, Thomas, who had been the Socialist Party's candidate in 1928 and would be in 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948, received, as this column previously noted, fewer votes (884,885) than Eugene Debs had won (913,693) as the party's candidate in 1920, when, thanks to the wartime hysteria President Woodrow Wilson had fomented, Debs was in jail.
Now that he has declared a “national emergency,” all that stands between President Donald Trump and the money he wants to pay for his promised border wall is the American judiciary. And the Constitution. And the attorneys general of California, Nevada, New Mexico and New York. And a vast array of land owners and local governments.
Norman Thomas was not easily discouraged. Running for president in 1932, three years into the shattering, terrifying Depression, which seemed to many to be a systemic crisis of capitalism, Thomas, who had been the Socialist Party’s candidate in 1928 and would be in 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948, received, as this column previously noted, fewer votes (884,885) than Eugene Debs had won (913,693) as the party’s candidate in 1920, when, thanks to the wartime hysteria President Woodrow Wilson had fomented, Debs was in jail.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) claimed on February 4 that allowing 50-year-olds into Medicare would result in lower premiums and saving the government money. Booker is one of several Democrats who embraces “Medicare-for-all,” and he recently announced his bid into the 2020 Democratic presidential race.
The Democrats running for president are at it again: they are submitting a completely unrealistic proposal for single-payer health insurance and they aren’t sharing the facts. We must get the word out to everyone that we have to stop this proposal that will take us in a catastrophic direction.
[Subscription Required] The greatest mistake Europeans can make is to believe that their biggest problem is Donald Trump. To be fair, it’s an easy error to make. In the long annals of American diplomacy, there’s no previous instance of an American president treating close allies with anything approaching the Trumpian mix of critique and contempt.
In his strange, rambling, interminable press conference that sorta kinda announced his decision to declare a national emergency so that he can raid military construction accounts for border-wall money, President Trump acknowledged that this move will immediately spur litigation, and even that lower federal courts would initially stymie him. But he expressed confidence that the Supreme Court would eventually back him just as it did in the case of a revised travel ban that had been voided by lower courts.
The annual Lunar New Year Parade is a celebration of Asian-American culture. It also celebrates the contributions made by Asian-Americans. However, a so-called anti-cult organization recently hired people to hold up Chinese flags behind police barricades along the parade route.
US federal agencies are targeting international talent recruitment efforts such as China’s ‘Thousand Talents’ programme after an increasing number of warnings that the nation’s universities and government research facilities are vulnerable to intellectual property theft by hostile foreign governments.
When many Singaporeans lost their deposit to oBike after news of its ghastly exit rocked the nation, consumers awoke to the risks of putting money into an e-wallets and the possibility that they might find theirs emptied all of a sudden, with little recourse for help.