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What’s old is somehow new again on the political left.

Desperate for what they perceive as street cred, leftists continue to repackage failed policies as somehow novel, in a destructive race to claim the most extreme realms of the political continuum.

Merely three decades after it was consigned to the dustbin of failed ideas, socialism actually maintains renewed popularity on the left.  According to Gallup, a majority of Democrats no longer view capitalism favorably, but almost 60% view socialism positively.

People like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D – New York) advocate a return to income tax rates not seen since President John F. Kennedy began cutting them.  Thirty-five years after Jeane Kirkpatrick delivered her famous 1984 Republican convention speech castigating…[more]

April 12, 2019 • 01:44 pm

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On Rising Interest Rates:

"WASHINGTON -- President Trump renewed his attacks on the Federal Reserve on Monday in a tweet expressing incredulity that the Fed continues to raise interest rates. While his outbursts have drawn widespread criticism for being impolitic, a growing number of experts think the president has a point.

"As the Fed drives up borrowing costs, there is increasing concern that the central bank is risking a return to recession, and may be preventing workers from claiming a larger share of the American pie.

"As Lawrence H. Summers, formerly President Barack Obama's chief economic adviser, put the matter in a recent interview with Fox Business Network, 'The ways in which the president spoke, I don't think any thoughtful economist would agree with.' Then he made clear that he mostly agreed: 'I do think that there are more risks of overtightening than there are of undertightening right now.'

"The Fed is expected to raise its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday for the fifth consecutive quarter. The unemployment rate sits at the lowest level in half a century, wages are rising and Fed officials say they are raising rates to make sure price inflation remains under control."

— Binyamin Appelbaum, The New York Times
— Binyamin Appelbaum, The New York Times
Posted December 19, 2018 • 07:49 am
On Russian Interference in U.S. Environmentalist Causes:

"An open records lawsuit filed against the State Department is attempting to uncover whether Russian entities attempted to financially support U.S. environmentalist causes.

"The Institute for Energy Research (IER) -- a free-market energy group based in Washington, D.C. -- filed the lawsuit on Monday. IER has requested that the State Department hand over correspondence concerning hydraulic fracturing, environmental advocacy and Russia that was exchanged to and from high-ranking employees. ...

"'Any foreign attempts to covertly influence U.S. energy policy must be exposed and met with full consequences,' read a Monday statement from IER President Thomas Pyle. 'Particularly given what we have already learned, the State Department's evident lack of interest in examining this issue of obvious concern to congressional oversight, or in bothering with a substantive response to our request even when pressed, is deeply concerning.' ...

"The lawsuit follows mounting questions over Russian support of environmentalist groups that have opposed U.S. fracking. American officials confirmed back in 2017 that RT, a Kremlin-controlled media outlet, ran anti-fracking programming with an intent to protect Russian energy interests. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience behind closed doors that Russia's government was propping up 'phony environmental groups' opposed to hydraulic fracturing and pipelines, according to emails released by Wikileaks in 2016."

— Jason Hopkins, The Daily Caller Energy Investigator
— Jason Hopkins, The Daily Caller Energy Investigator
Posted December 18, 2018 • 07:55 am
On Government Accountability:

"A few years ago, I was in Switzerland writing a piece in which I argued that the Confoederatio Helvetica is the world's best-governed country. You may not agree, but it is a country with a remarkable level of accountability -- accountability that is held close to the Swiss people. Around the time I was visiting, Tina Turner, a longtime resident of the country, was in the final stages of becoming a Swiss national. Because of the eccentricities of Switzerland's democratic and radically local governance, the famous singer had to trundle down to the Swiss version of her local city council meeting and prove to them that she could speak German well enough to function as a Swiss citizen and resident of the Canton of Zurich, that she had sufficient financial resources to avoid being a public ward, and that she was an all-around good egg. The local government, not only the national government in Bern, has a say in that. Imagine a United States in which, say, the City of Minneapolis or the representatives of Presidio County, Texas, had a real say over immigration decisions.

"It would look different. Maybe you think that would be an improvement and maybe you don't, but it almost certainly would be more representative of what people actually want -- or, at least, the decisions would be made at a level that is more readily subject to the exercise of democratic accountability. ...

"One model of working toward real accountability would be pressing not only political decision-making but also political administration down to the state and local level as much as possible. In the Nordic welfare states that our progressives admire, many social programs are administered at the local rather than national level -- in Sweden, for example, health care is managed at the county level, not the national level. That means that people can see for themselves how social services are managed, delivered, and consumed. The United States, on the other hand, has been pursuing a program of centralization -- pushed by progressives -- for about a century. Some on the Left have started to see the light on this issue: Faced with a Trump administration, there are many in California who have developed a sudden appreciation for the virtues of federalism. They want to let California be California. If only we could convince them to let Texas be Texas, too.

"If we do not find a way toward more robust accountability, the most likely outcome is not strongman rule: It is chaos, with desultory, emotive, largely symbolic populist episodes producing counterproductive interventions here and there in disorderly and contradictory fashion -- and probably vindictive fashion -- in a way that in effect cedes an ever-larger share of real power to the bureaucracies, which are the institutions least likely to provide real accountability.

"And it is very difficult to take back power from a bureaucracy set on keeping it. Pass all the laws you like, win every election, and you still may not get what you want. Ask the British."

Read entire article here.

— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted December 17, 2018 • 07:34 am
On Comey Continuing to Display His Lack of Credibility:

"Fired former FBI director James Comey is at it again.

"Last week, Comey testified before members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In a single appearance, Comey, on 245 separate occasions, while under oath, stonewalled questions with 'I don't know,' 'I don't remember' or 'I don't recall,' according to a congressional interrogator, Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio).

"If any private citizen tried Comey's gambit with federal IRS auditors or FBI investigators, he would likely be indicted for perjury or obstruction. ...

"Comey's sanctimoniousness and misdeeds pose lots of questions. Is Comey a mere hypocrite? Or in guilt does he project his sins onto others? Or does he, by design, pose as a moralist to help insulate himself from future legal jeopardy?

"Or all of the above?"

— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted December 14, 2018 • 08:13 am
On Overshadowing the Threat From China:

"Russia's election interference and social media propaganda campaigns have overshadowed a 'greater, more existential threat' from China, said Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.

"At a Judiciary hearing today on Chinese espionage activities, Grassley (R-Iowa) said the media hysteria over Russia neglects 'China's efforts to overtake the United States as the world's preeminent superpower in all phases of society.'

"His remarks come as the Trump administration plans a major push this week to punish China over its intellectual property theft and amid increasing tensions between Washington and Beijing over charges against a top Huawei executive. ...

"The Judiciary chairman's severe warnings about China received the backing from others, too, including the top Democrat on the panel, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who called China's intellectual property theft the 'most pressing economic and national security challenge' facing the U.S."

Read entire article here.

— Tim Starks, POLITICO
— Tim Starks, POLITICO
Posted December 13, 2018 • 08:01 am
On the New World Order of Instability and Populist Unrest:

"The particulars might be different, but the upheavals playing out in Britain and France this week have familiar and common undercurrents, born of the same forces - rebellion against globalization, fear of immigrants and distrust of traditional leaders - that have stoked discontent in Germany and other European countries and that are roiling politics in the United States.

"Instability appears to be the order of the day, whether in the United States or in Europe. Traditional politics, of the kind practiced in Western democracies for decades after World War II, is on shaky ground nearly everywhere, struggling to find the point of equilibrium that can satisfy populations fractured by economic, cultural and social changes. ...

"Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, summed up the state of affairs this week in a Tuesday morning tweet. 'A bad day as far as politics for what we used to call the West: political chaos over Brexit in the UK, political capitulation in France that will not satisfy anyone or settle anything and a political crisis in the United States that continues to grow in breadth and depth alike.'

"The dividing lines in this new world of unrest are no longer simply those along a left-right continuum, with conservatives pitted against liberals. Those battles still exist, here and elsewhere, but increasingly the forces of destabilization are coming from other angles and other directions. They are driven by what Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and U.S. ambassador to NATO under former president Barack Obama, described as 'a population that is increasingly upset with how 20, 30, 40 years of globalization have changed the internal dynamics of society.'

"This has taken forms that are changing politics, political alliances and policies here and abroad: a growing divide between cosmopolitan and non-cosmopolitan populations; deepening cultural differences between urban and rural parts of society; widening differences among those favoring a society more open and welcoming to immigrants and those favoring closed borders and turning inward and taking care of the home front."

— Dan Balz, The Washington Post
— Dan Balz, The Washington Post
Posted December 12, 2018 • 08:34 am
On Upcoming Border Wall Negotiations:

"Don't look for a quick deal when President Trump meets with Democratic leaders of Congress at the White House on Tuesday.

"Neither side appears in the mood to offer concessions on a proposed border wall. President Trump is pushing for $5 billion to fund one of his top priorities, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is under intense pressure not to give in just weeks after her party's midterm victories. She also has the Speaker's gavel on the line. ...

"That means another week of brinkmanship, with a possible partial government shutdown at the end of next week, is growing more likely."

— Alexander Bolton and Melanie Zadona, The Hill
— Alexander Bolton and Melanie Zadona, The Hill
Posted December 11, 2018 • 08:36 am
On Former FBI Director Comey's Selective Memory:

"The failures of Comey's remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees. Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.

"He didn't seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting intelligence from Christopher Steele after the British intel operative was fired by the bureau for leaking and lying. In fact, Comey didn't seem to remember knowing that Steele had been terminated, according to sources in the room.

"'His memory was so bad I feared he might not remember how to get out of the room after the interview,' one lawmaker quipped. Lamented another: 'It was like he suddenly developed dementia or Alzheimer's, after conveniently remembering enough facts to sell his book.'"

— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
— John Solomon, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist and The Hill Executive Vice President for Video
Posted December 10, 2018 • 08:08 am
On Pearl Harbor Day:

"December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

"The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

"It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

"The attack ... on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu."

— President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
Posted December 07, 2018 • 07:48 am
On the Democrats' 2020 Field:

"In a few months, we may find ourselves looking back with nostalgic regret on 2015, when we only had a mere 16 candidates running for the Republican Party's nomination for president.

"That was nothing compared to what's likely in store for the Democrats in 2020. A sober estimate of the number of candidates who might contend for the Democratic presidential nomination next year and in 2020 approaches 40. Even if many of those decide finally not to take the plunge, we're almost certainly going to see a 20-person field at a minimum.

"This means the Democrats will face all the logistical problems the GOP faced - and more, owing to the Dems' ideological makeup and the nature of the social and cultural debates of the moment."

— John Podhoretz, New York Post
— John Podhoretz, New York Post
Posted December 06, 2018 • 08:15 am
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