Since the midterm elections, California political discussions have been focused on the implosion of the California Republican party and the increased dominance of the Democratic party. Despite these trends, there are several reasons why I expect to see enormous pressure on the California Democratic party to significantly change their future economic priorities and policies. And this may happen sooner rather than later, just as there was a strong and unexpected national reaction against the Democratic party in 2010 and in 2016.
In director George Stevens’s classic 1953 Western, Shane, a mysterious stranger and gunfighter in buckskin with a violent past, rides into the middle of the late-1880s Wyoming range wars between cattle barons and homestead farmers. The community-minded farmers may have the law on their side, but the open-range cattlemen have the money and the gun-toting cowboys.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful festivity. Unlike Christmas, it has somehow eluded commercialization. The formula remains the time-honoured one: Get your family together, eat turkey, count your blessings. Asked on Thursday what he was thankful for, President Trump replied: “For having a great family and for having made a tremendous difference in this country. . . . This country is so much stronger now than it was when I took office that you wouldn’t believe it.”
Over the weekend, the Russian navy fired upon and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels, wounding multiple sailors in the process. In addition, a Russian ship has been positioned to block entrance from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov.
I knew that Donald Trump has long been suspicious of international trade and has worn his uninformed anti-trade preferences as a badge of honor. I’ve argued with pro-Trump friends that his proposed replacement for NAFTA is good only because it isn’t as bad on trade as I feared it would be: it will, if passed, reduce gains from trade for both sides, but not as much as I had feared.
On Wed Nov 28 I will be giving a talk at the ASU Forecast Luncheon in Phoenix. Blog readers will likely be bored, as I'm going to unapologetically recycle blog material, emphasizing strategies for long run growth. But you may find it amusing, and do say hi if you're one of my dozens of readers.
It remains to be seen whether the lame-duck 115th Congress will debate a sweeping overhaul of our federal criminal-justice system before we adjourn for the year. You may have heard about the legislation at hand, the FIRST STEP Act. I oppose it. I urge my fellow conservatives to take the time to read and understand the bill before signing on in support of this flawed legislation.
My column last week was on how Donald Trump’s version of America First is in many ways worse than what people meant by America First in the 1930s. But there’s a point that I couldn’t get to in the column that I think is worth making. One of the best explorations of the differences between conservatives and non-conservatives comes from Thomas Sowell’s brilliant book “A Conflict of Visions.”
The U.S. government has determined it must remain constantly engaged in cyberspace in response to the steps other countries and non-state actors are taking online. Enemies are participating in economic espionage, theft of intellectual property and sowing distrust in society and American institutions, all of which take place below the threshold of armed conflict.
During the Obama administration, a set of guidelines were put into place that essentially tasked colleges with taking race into account for college admissions for the purpose of diversity. These affirmative action policies were the wrong call and back in July, the Trump administration formally discouraged the practice by stressing a preference for race-neutral methods.