Even if China maintains its market-oriented reform momentum, tensions with the West are unlikely to be resolved quickly. While steps can be taken to reduce these tensions, they cannot be easily eliminated, which means that they will probably be a key factor shaping the future of China’s development model.
Last week’s column described how California has not provided reliable and reasonably priced water supplies to Californians. It also described how failure to maintain existing water infrastructure and invest in new water infrastructure has played an important role in California’s chronic water shortages.
The Royal Navy and US Navy held joint exercises in the South China Sea last week, for the first time since China began building new military bases in those waters. The exercises sent a message to Beijing that it faces an evolving united front of nations committed to maintaining freedom of navigation in some of the world’s most vital waterways.
With the high-profile conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation, a U.S. threat to withdraw from a nuclear missile treaty, a worsening political situation in Ukraine, an ongoing conflict in Syria, not to mention recent reports that the FBI began a counterintelligence investigation of President Trump, the citizens of Russia and the United States should worry that their countries are soon reaching a point of no return.
[Subscription Required] Thirty years ago, I was pacing the hope-filled streets of central Europe, witnessing how a Soviet reform policy called perestroika was kick-starting the velvet revolutions of 1989.
Since the media would doubtless answer that loaded question, “It depends on the president,” let us imagine the following scenario. Return to 2008, when candidate Barack Obama had served only about three years in the U.S. Senate, his sum total of foreign policy experience. And he was running against the overseas old-hand, decorated veteran, and national icon John McCain—a bipartisan favorite in Washington, D.C.
An interesting question emerged from some discussion surrounding my last carbon tax post. How big will the tax be? The letter says $40 a ton, but then rising. But how far? And in response to what question? It occurs to me that the two obvious targets lead to radically different answers.
Given that she’s been running for president seemingly since first arriving in the nation’s capital two years ago, California Sen. Kamala Harris’ announcement this morning that she plans to enter what’s fast becoming a crowded Democratic field doesn’t qualify as “breaking news”.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently indicted yet another peripheral character in his Trump probe, Russian attorney Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, for alleged money laundering in a matter quite separate from Trump.
This week, economist Jennifer Doleac of Texas A&M University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her research on crime, police, and the unexpected consequences of the criminal justice system. Topics discussed include legislation banning asking job applicants if they've been in prison, body cameras for police, the use of DNA databases, the use of Naloxone to prevent death from opioid overdose, and the challenges of being an economist who thinks about crime using the economist's toolkit.
As teachers strike or threaten to strike in several cities, one of the key issues is pay. But while teachers want higher salaries, school districts face a number of financial challenges. One source of strain in school district budgets is what economist Ben Scafidi calls the staffing surge, a major increase in non-teaching staff hired over the past few decades.
The Federal Government seems to be obeying with rather remarkable accuracy the constitutional mandate that the government may not spend money that has not been appropriated by Congress. I would be curious to hear from legal experts, however, what stops the government from lending money to federal employees, or just guaranteeing loans.
Clio, the muse of history, has a fabulous sense of irony: As the human pageant unfolds, she delights in confounding our intentions and expectations. Thus, two public enemies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (whose acronym, NATO, sounds like another Greek deity) promise to be the unwitting saviors of the alliance, rescuing it from complacency, lethargy, and diminishing relevance.
Some definitions to update in America’s political dictionary: Under “persistence”, let’s add a passage about former Vice President Joe Biden. Assuming he’s running, that would be three presidential campaigns (1988, 2008 and 2020) some three decades apart, which has to be a record for a candidate not named Harold Stassen.
My wife and I were at a dinner party on Saturday at which one of the guests, who favors President Trump’s proposal for a wall, claimed that if you object to a wall, you have no right to object to someone coming on your property without your permission. I said that one doesn’t follow from the other: a wall keeps people from coming into the country without the government’s permission whereas a wall around your property prevents people from coming on to your property without your permission.
On this day that commemorates the birthday of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., one of my favorite bloggers, Timothy Taylor, aka the Conversable Economist, revisits the Kerner Commission Report of 1968 that examined the causes of the racial riots. I don’t claim to know all the causes of all the riots, but I do think that much of the commentary on the Kerner Commission’s report has missed some key facts in the report about the causes of the Detroit riot. That’s understandable because the Kerner Commission, despite reporting these facts, seemed to have missed their significance also.
In a Reason story about a humane man who tried to save a deer’s life and got nailed by the government for doing so, Pennsylvania Game Commission Press Secretary Travis Lau admits that there’s “a good possibility the deer would have been euthanized…because deer are poor candidates for rehabilitation.”
Hoover Institution fellows Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss whether President Trump can build a border wall by declaring a national emergency; and whether the FBI was within its rights to open an investigation of the president after the Comey firing. They also discuss what happens when a Supreme Court justice stops showing up for work? Plus a look at backstage Law Talk drama, a State of the Union history lesson, and the professors quibble over the proper way to manage a Burger King.
Over the next three years, the Hoover Institution will replace the Lou Henry Hoover building, renovate the exhibition space in Hoover Tower and add more storage for library materials. The new building will be called the George Shultz Fellows Building in honor of George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Hoover Fellow. It will include offices for Hoover Fellows as well as a new digital lab which can convert physical materials from the Hoover collections into virtual images.
Historian Victor Davis Hanson recently wrote, “There are 11 million to 13 million Mexican citizens currently living in the United States illegally.” (It may be closer to 22 million.) He continued, “Millions more emigrated previously and are now U.S. citizens. A recent poll revealed that one-third of Mexicans (34 percent) would like to emigrate to the United States. With Mexico having a population of about 130 million, that amounts to some 44 million would-be immigrants. Such massive potential emigration into the United States makes no sense.”
In the latest move to persuade the city and the Park District to reconsider their request to modify the design of the Obama Presidential Library site, Preservation Chicago and Jackson Park Watch filed a “friends of the courts” brief Tuesday.
At this time of year we celebrate the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for his commitment and sacrifice, and that of countless others who risked all for civil rights victories. But Dr. King, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Jan. 15, likely would roll over in his grave if he knew how his legacy has been commandeered by progressives who purport to act in his name while advancing a toxic racial rhetoric that paints blacks as perpetual victims of slavery, Jim Crow and institutional racism, incapable of their own uplift.
In 1918, a Killeen woman wrote to the Temple Daily Telegram. Listing her name only as “Wantogo,” she asked how she could go to France to assist in soldiers serving during World War I. The Temple Daily Telegram editor replied, “The only paths open to girls for actual war service are as telephone operator or nurse, and she must have special qualifications in either case. To become a telephone operator with the signal corps, she must be able to speak French fluently …”
“Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike: Why Isn’t The City’s Mayor Calling Balls And Strikes?” by Hoover Instititution’s Bill Whalen: Since his landslide re-election nearly two years ago, Eric Garcetti hasn’t shied away from his interest in relocating from Los Angeles City Hall to the Oval Office. Last year, he hosted a fundraiser for South Carolina Democrats in his city and delivered a college commencement address in New Hampshire.
It may seem presumptuous to declare that freshman Senator Kamala Harris of California, who has been in office for only two years, is the most likely Democrat to be nominated for president next year. But those few who said the same thing about another freshman Senator of mixed race heritage named Barack Obama in 2006 found themselves proven right. In Harris’ case she has an even better chance than Obama since she won’t face the Clinton Machine that Obama did.