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Analysis and Commentary

Seeing The Similarities In The Early Entries For 2020 Presidential Contest

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Thursday, February 7, 2019

There are a whole lot of Democrats running for the presidency in 2020. If names like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Joaquin Castro aren’t household names today, they certainly will over the next year or so.

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The Libertarian: The New Progressive Agenda

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Examining a raft of left-wing policy proposals from 2020 presidential candidates.


How 16-Year-Olds Would Vote, If They Could

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Like popcorn in hot oil, the question of 16-year-olds voting has started popping up around the country. Four cities already allow it in local elections: three in Maryland and, ever on the bleeding edge of change, Berkeley, Calif. More important are the states considering it, since this would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote for president.


California, Unlike Norma Desmond, Isn’t Ready For Her Close-Up

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, February 7, 2019

There are two ways to interpret Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision not to run for the highest office in the land—a departure from the norm, as the line of Democrats jonesing for a shot at President Trump forms to the rear.

Analysis and Commentary

The Moral Idiocy Of Our Times

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

One of the foundational myths of modernity holds that the progress of scientific knowledge and technology has been accompanied by moral progress. As wealth and knowledge increase, the old impediments to moral improvement such as poverty, religious superstition, and ignorance are being swept away, resulting in a kinder, gentler, and more pacific human nature.

In the News

About Heidi

quoting John B. Taylorvia National Review
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

By tradition, the U.S. president selects the president of the World Bank, and Donald Trump has just selected David Malpass. I’m sure he’ll do a fine job. Just FYI — because I’m doing a personal post — I knew his father-in-law, the great Obie (Herman J. Obermayer).

In the News

AOC Wants To Soak The Rich. Here's Why That's A Bad Idea.

quoting John H. Cochrane via Chicago Tribune
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Every so often, a rising young Democratic star comes along with an idea that boldly challenges the status quo. Today, it’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who wants to raise the top income tax rate. In 1982 it was Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, who proposed an overhaul of income taxes that “seemed revolutionary and impossible,” The Washington Post said in 1986.

In the News

SOTU Review: The 6 Big Domestic Policies Trump Proposed

quoting John H. Cochrane via Conservative Review
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

President Trump’s second State of the Union address was intended to lay out a legislative agenda for divided government. Knowing that the House of Representatives is under Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s control, Trump attempted to strike a unifying and bipartisan tone and invited Democrats to work with him to benefit the country.


Lanhee Chen: Trump Could Benefit From Co-Opting Democrat Policies

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses key takeaways from the State of the Union as well as the Democratic response.

In the News

Intellectual Corruption Worse Than Political Corruption

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Cape Cod Times
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

We’re apt to think of corruption as businessmen bribing politicians to secure overpriced contracts. A classic scene from the movie “Shawshank Redemption” shows a private contractor fearful that a crooked prison warden will underbid his highway-building proposal by the warden exploiting his prisoners’ labor. To forestall the underbid, the contractor offers the warden a free pie, along with an envelope of $100 bills. The smarmy warden accepts the moneyed pie, and tells the contractor not to worry.


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