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Democrats Aren’t Just Attacking Gorsuch, They’re Attacking the Rule of Law

Judge Neil Gorsuch deserves better than the treatment he received at the hands of Democrats in this week’s confirmation hearings. More importantly, the rule of law—a principle so dear to this country—deserves better. Democrats, who are now coalescing under the mantle of The Resistance, are doing their level best to ignite their base by opposing anything and anyone associated with President Trump.  But as Geoffrey Kabaservice writes in Politico, this obstructionism and ideological rigidity comes with costs: [T]he Resistance is starting to force the Democratic Party toward its extremes and away from long-held norms of bipartisan give-and-take. Resisters threaten Democratic…

Why Do Democrats Keep Losing: It’s the Economy, Stupid

“It’s the economy, stupid.” Those four words, coined by James Carville as the political corollary of the KISS (keep it simple stupid) principle won Bill Clinton the 1992 election. They were so important that Carville had them placed on a large sign that hung in the campaign’s war room, a constant reminder that no matter what issue is dominating the media cycle or what other priorities you are desperate to talk about, the economy is what matters to voters. Today’s Democrats need more Carville. The party has largely abandoned anything resembling a cohesive economic agenda, opting instead to focus their…

Democrats Alienating the Voters They Need to Win in 2018

Democrats’ path to a Senate majority is incredibly difficult and politically perilous. The 2018 map is unforgiving, offering no shortcuts and leaving no room for wrong-turns. And yet rather than identify where their party went off the tracks in 2016, Democrats seem to be going out of their way alienate would-be supporters. Republicans currently have a 52-to-48 advantage in the U.S. Senate, a razor thin margin given the 34 seats up for reelection in 2018. For Democrats the majority seems so close, but is actually so far away. Of those 34 seats up for reelection, 25 of them are currently…

Why All the Hubbub Over Donald Trump’s Budget?

President Donald Trump, as we’ve learned by now, is unlike most presidents. In that respect, did we really expect him to offer up a “traditional” budget? “There aren’t a lost of examples of presidents coming in and saying, ‘I’m going to eliminate this program and that program and cut a whole bunch of programs back anywhere from 10 to 30 percent,’” former CBO director Robert Reischauer told the Washington Post. “This is quite unusual.” Unusual, perhaps, but far from unique. We can look back to George H.W. Bush, who told us that “[t]he old solution, the old way, was to…

CBO Score Doesn’t Tell the Full Story of Repeal and Replace

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Monday issued a report on the predicted impacts of the House Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Unsurprisingly it was a political Rorschach test – each side, with enough eye-squinting, could see what they wanted to see. Democrats immediately seized on one number: That 24 million fewer people will have health insurance in 2026 under Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) than they would under Obamacare. Republicans meanwhile have focused on another number: That the AHCA would reduce deficits by $337 billion over the same time period. Both of these numbers deserve additional…

If They Don’t Adapt Democrats Face Demographic Doom

“Relax,” Jon Wiener wrote to his liberal readers, “Donald Trump can’t win.” “Whatever the polls say now (and right now they show Hillary ahead), the long-term patterns of American politics tell us that Trump is not going to get millions more voters than Romney did,” Wiener wrote, “and he’s not going to carry enough swing states to overcome the historic pattern of Democratic advantage. Hillary will win in November, and she will be sworn in as our next president on January 20.” Weiner was far from the only person making this argument. Almost every progressive tended to believe that the…

Trump’s First Jobs Report is a Yuuuge Win

The first full monthly jobs report under President Donald Trump is in, and it’s a huge (yuuuge?) success. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the US economy added 235,000 jobs in February, above economists’ expectations for a 197,000 job gain. Perhaps most encouragingly, the average hourly earnings for private-sector workers increased by six cents, which lifted the year-over-year increase to 2.8 percent. Unsurprisingly, the media has largely ignored the positive momentum, instead opting to focus on President Trump’s dismissal of previous jobs reports. If anything, this simply shows they are not paying attention. Trump’s criticism was aimed almost exclusively…

When Liberal Intolerance Crowds Out Debate on College Campuses

The scene is now familiar. A conservative thinker is asked to speak on campus only to be met by liberal intolerance in the form of protest or violence, thereby preventing an exchange of ideas. It began several years ago when students forced former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde from speaking. And it culminated last week when conservative (whatever that means in this context) sociologist Charles Murray became the victim of violent protests as he tried to speak at Middlebury College. Murray was there to discuss his new book, Coming Apart, which examines…

Republicans Working to Clean Up Democrats’ Health Care Mess

Republicans have long clamored for the opportunity to pass substantive, patient-centered health care reform. The health care system has become increasingly broken over time, the result of a steady shift away from anything resembling a market and towards a complex mix of mandates, subsidies, taxes, and regulations. In short, it became a powder keg, and Obamacare was the fuse. Unfortunately, that shifted Republicans’ remit – they no longer focus purely on implementing good policy, they had to worry about repealing bad policy. As Dan McLaughlin writes for National Review, Democrats purposefully made that task as difficult as possible. “[T]he healthcare…

Obamacare is Collapsing and Republicans are Prepared to Act

First things first: Obamacare is collapsing. Not a slow, stylized disintegration like you’d see in a Zack Snyder movie. This is a quick and messy Michael Bay-like crash that threatens to hurt millions of Americans.  The most recent evidence came in February, when Humana announced that it was pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges because of “further signs of an unbalanced risk pool.” Humana is far from alone in their concerns about the viability of Obamacares exchanges. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said “[t]here isn’t enough money in the ACA today as a structure, even with it’s fees and taxes, to…