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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the democratic candidates and their debate/campaign issues.

Analysis and Commentary

Letter To The Presidential Candidates: It's Time To Tax Others More

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A recent open letter from 17 wealthy Americans willing to identify themselves and one American who was unwilling to do so has gotten a lot of attention. In it, they make a case for higher taxes on very wealthy Americans like themselves and, apparently, on Americans who are wealthy, but much less wealthy than some of the signers.


Californians Are Losing Their Supermajority Protection Over Tax Increases

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

For the last forty years, California has required that new taxes earmarked for a specific purpose be approved by a two-thirds supermajority in a general election to pass. But the state’s supreme court has thrown out this protection for new tax initiatives that are brought forward by a citizens’ group, rather than by government directly. Predictably, new and expensive tax initiatives are now being brought by citizens’ groups and are passing by simple majority when they would not pass by the previous supermajority rule.

In the News

Ask Questions That Will Reveal What Kind Of Leaders They Would Be

quoting Morris P. Fiorinavia Miami Herald
Monday, June 24, 2019

In a political environment of stark partisanship, the understandable tendency in presidential campaigns is to focus on the conflict between candidates. Sometimes these conflicts are around ideas, often they are of a more personal nature. The rapid-fire, continuous loop of digital media amplifies this approach, and obviously voters find it important as well to inform their decisions. But there is another metric for choosing our leaders that can be more predictive of success in the White House, particularly in times of historic challenges that transcend party differences. And that is the combination of leadership skills that make up the alchemy of a transformational presidency.


Lanhee Chen On Week In Politics: ICE Raids, Escalation With Iran, Buttigieg’s Tense Town Hall And More

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Southern California Public Radio
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses immigration, Iran, Joe Biden's comments about working across the isle, and much more.


Larry Diamond: Challenges To Liberal Democracy

interview with Larry Diamondvia Iowa Public Radio
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses the state of democracy in the US and the global effects of eroding democratic values. 

Analysis and Commentary

These Democratic Presidential Debates Have An NBA Problem

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, June 24, 2019

If you plan to tune in to the upcoming Democratic presidential debates later this week (who said there’s nothing on tv at this time of the year other than bad reality shows?), here’s what to expect.

In the News

No Fun: Bernie Sanders Calls For Unionization Of Video Game Industry

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Media Research Center TV
Monday, June 24, 2019

Bernie Sanders’s ignorance of economics and history seem to know no bounds. The latest? On June 18, the font of wet-lipped wisdom decided to continue his stellar track record of pushing for the opposite of what markets and economic growth need by Tweeting: "The video game industry made $43 billion in revenue last year. The workers responsible for that profit deserve to collectively bargain as part of a union. I'm glad to see unions like @IATSE and the broader @GameWorkers movement organizing such workers."

In the News

'Medicare For All' Is A Trap For Businesses And Employees

quoting Charles Blahousvia Forbes
Monday, June 24, 2019

Some business leaders are hopping aboard the Medicare for All bandwagon. The Business Alliance for a Healthy California, for example, now has 300 businesses calling for universal healthcare.

In the News

Primer: Medicare For All Compared To A Public Option

quoting Charles Blahousvia Breitbart
Sunday, June 23, 2019

2020 Democrat presidential candidates continue to spar over whether to back the single-payer Medicare for All or a government public health option.