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Trump’s Speech Highlights Democrats’ Conundrum

Democrats just don’t know what to do about Donald Trump. They desperately desire to despise him, but his views are so anomalistic, and his delivery so unorthodox that their partisan punches never land. Democrats’ dismay was evident in their response to President Trump’s address to Congress. It was, in many ways, an apolitical speech, filled with calls for bipartisanship and laser-focused on promoting policies that help workers. “If we are guided by the wellbeing of American citizens, then I believe Republicans and Democrats can work together to achieve an outcome that has eluded our country for decades,” Trump said. It…

President Trump: “The Time for Small Thinking is Over”

“The time for small thinking is over, the time for trivial fights is behind us,” President Trump intoned in the conclusion to his first address to Congress on Tuesday night. Apparently some people didn’t get the message. Despite President Trump’s powerful, substantive speech that was laser focused on how he intends to address America’s most pressing policy problems, the media settled on a staid storyline: At least he was “presidential.” Perhaps damning by faint praise is the best President Trump can expect from his opponents, but anyone who was watching last night’s speech could not help to see that he…

A Triumphant Donald Trump Returns to CPAC

Donald Trump may have placed a distant third in last year’s CPAC straw poll, but this year he returned a winner. Over the past two years, Trump has outmatched more than a dozen top-tier GOP challengers and handily dismissed Hillary Clinton, who was considered a shoo-in for the White House. But there was still one last test for Trump: Could he win over conservatives who were skeptical of his past and leery of his unique brand of politics, which was equal parts small-government, big defense, and pro-economic nationalism. The answer, if yesterday’s rapturous reception for President Trump is any indication,…

Democrats Just Sabotaged Their Best Hope for 2020

Well that was quick. Once the do-no-wrong darling of Democrats, and the inevitable front-runner for the party’s 2020 presidential ticket, Sen. Elizabeth Warren suddenly finds herself being minimized by key party leadership. So how did the progressive lion get muzzled? Simple. A poll. Earlier this week, a Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 43 percent of respondents would vote for a nameless Democrat candidate while 35 percent would vote for President Trump. But, the poll showed that Trump still beat Sen. Warren in a hypothetical matchup, 42 percent to 36 percent, an astounding rebuke of the party’s leftward shift. Democrats, many…

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…