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H.R. McMaster is the Perfect Choice for National Security Adviser

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who will argue with you.” Similarly, legendary president Ronald Reagan said, “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the policy you’ve decided upon is being carried out.” Legendary basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who will argue with you.” Similarly, legendary president Ronald Reagan said, “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere as long as the…

Scott Pruitt the Right Man to Protect the Environment AND the Constitution

On Friday afternoon the Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Liberals, as they have been for much of Donald Trump’s presidency, were both shocked and despondent. Shocked that Pruitt, a man who sued the EPA more than a dozen times during the Obama administration, could be the right choice to lead the agency. And despondent that Pruitt poses, in the words of former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer, “an existential threat to the planet.” Neither of these critiques are reasonable. As David French observes in the National Review, “these critics…

The Fourth Estate is At Risk, But Not Because of Trump

“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. it must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor.” – Nelson Mandela I am fearful for our free press. Not because of anything that President Donald Trump has done, or is doing, but because the press itself has come to prioritize setting, not reporting on, the narrative. The fear is summed up in a headline from Wednesday’s…

The Dreaded Obamacare Death Spiral Is Happening

Andy Slavitt, who ran the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama, thought that he was really sticking it to Republicans. “I talked today/last night to 5 health plan CEOs,” Slavitt tweeted. “Won’t use names but: 1 Blues, 1 integrated w hospital, 2 non-profit, 1 VC backed. All 5 health plan CEOs believe they prices 2017 #ACA business & should at least breakeven. Several of the plans beat their ACA membership projections.” To paraphrase Daniel Moynihan, talk about defining success downward. It is, after all, not a success for insurers to “believe” that they properly priced their insurance…

President Trump: A Bureaucrats Worst Nightmare

President Donald Trump has inspired fear in just about every part of the Washington establishment. If the last month has proven anything, it’s that he intends to usher in big changes in business-as-usual and he’d like to do it quickly. President Trump’s take-no-prisoners approach to shaking up Washington has no doubt come as a shock for those who have made a living fighting for the the status quo. But frankly, that’s just the way he wants it. One of the president’s biggest initiatives has been a thorough review of government regulations, which have grown out of control in recent years…

Republicans’ Tax Reform Plan Offers a Path Back to Economic Growth

The last time the nation undertook comprehensive tax reform a Millennial hadn’t even been born yet. The year was 1981 and, to give you some perspective of time, it was also the year that MTV was launched, that the CDC discovered the first cases of AIDS, that the original IBM computer was released, that Muhammad Ali retired, and that the first Indiana Jones was released. It was also a milestone year for the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. “I got my driver’s license the last year we did tax reform,” the speaker explained. “With good comprehensive, across-the-board tax reform…

Can Democrats Turn Anger Into Action? Don’t Bet On It

Presidential losses often spur political lamentation. For Democrats this has often meant a turn towards moderation. As David Weigel and Karen Tumulty write for the Washington Post: After previous defeats, the modern Democratic Party typically plunged into a discussion between a moderate wing and a liberal wing. George McGovern’s 1972 loss led to an internal party battle against the New Left. After Walter Mondale’s 1984 defeat, a group of moderate strategists formed the Democratic Leadership Council. After the 2004 defeat of John F. Kerry, a new generation of like-minded strategists launched Third Way, with a focus on lost moderate voters….

Democrats Losing Silicon Valley, Not Just the Rust Belt

The blue-collar Rust Belt has been the primary focus of the post-election sturm and drang among restless Democrats. Those states, once considered to be the party’s “blue wall,” i.e. the states that were the “givens” in their electoral strategy, have been walloped by larger economic forces for decades. Those voters, typically thought of as small town, blue-collar, white, evangelicals, have grown pessimistic about their future, worried about crumbling social mores, and pissed off about the government’s willingness to throw them under the bus in the name of progress. They voted in huge numbers for Donald Trump because he was the…

Unions Looking for Political Home After Being Deserted by Democrats

Donald Trump didn’t waste much time proving that his presidency wasn’t going to abide by traditional political boundaries. On his very first day in office he met with business leaders, whom he wooed with promises of reduced regulation and lower taxes, then threatened with a border tax if they moved jobs outside the United States. And then he engaged in a “listening session” with labor leaders and workers in order to get their ideas about how to re-energize American manufacturing. It was a perfect demonstration of how Donald Trump won. He broke away from false Republican dogma, which for some…

Kids These Days Have It Anything But Easy

Every generation tends to not understand the ones that come after it. They don’t like the music, they don’t like the fashion, and they don’t like that things have supposedly gotten easier over time. It’s a combination of the “back in my day we had to walk to school every day, uphill both ways” philosophy and the notion that “kids these days have it too easy.” But the relationship between the Baby Boomer and Millennial generation feels especially sour. Millennials are thought to be a bunch of infantilized, special snowflakes who expect things to be handed to them rather than…