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The Media Have Become Defenders of the Status Quo

Reform is meant to be hard. After all, things like health care and tax policy are infinitely complex, with overlapping incentives and disincentives created by an intricate web of legislation, regulation and economic behaviors. But it’s been made nearly impossible by a media who seems wedded to the status quo, regardless of the long-term impact. The reporting following President Donald Trump’s tax plan is the perfect example. There wasn’t a sober analysis of the good-and-bad, the inherent trade-offs of certain choices, or the potential economic impact. Instead, we were treated to glorified editorials that lambasted President Trump’s plan as a…

There Are No Losers in Corporate Tax Reform

Health care reform is incredibly challenging because there will always be winners and losers from any change. Tax reform is similarly difficult because inevitably some will pay more and others will pay less with any given plan. “Fairness” simply lies in the eyes of the beholder when constructing these types of reforms. But when it comes to the corporate tax there are no such tradeoffs, which is why we were happy to see the Trump Administration release an outline today that would slash rates for businesses. “Under the Trump plan, we will have a massive tax cut for businesses and…

Democrats’ Divisive “Unity Tour”

Today’s Democrats are a maze of contradictions so complex that even the most progressive voters could be forgiven for not knowing where they stand. Take, as an example, the Democrat National Committee’s Unity Tour, an attempt to bring together the factions highlighted by last year’s divisive primary and engage in an anti-Trump pep rally. It failed spectacularly and in ways that should leave Democrats nervous about their political future. The Unity Tour appeared doomed from jump street. After all, party leadership had steadfastly refused to engage in the types of introspection that typically follows years of historic losses, a fact…

Democrats’ Lack of Cohesive Vision Leads to Warring Factions

Democrats are in the middle of an identity crisis. Who do they want to be, what constituency do they want to represent, and who should lead them in making these decisions? These are questions that Democrats should have been wrestling with over the last decade, as their party slowly ebbed towards its historic nadir. After all, during President Obama’s tenure more than 1,100 Democrat elected officials were replaced by voters with Republicans. When Obama came into office in 2009, Democrats controlled 62 of the nation’s 99 legislative chambers, in 2017 they control 30. At the federal level, Democrats lost majorities…

In the Battle Between Free Speech and Bullies, Free Speech is Losing

“This soil and the air space extending above it shall not be a part of any nation and shall not be subject to any entity’s jurisdiction.” – Inscription on the Free Speech Monument on the Campus of UC, Berkeley. The year was 1964, when Mario Savio—a student at the University of California, Berkeley jumped on top of a police car in Sproul Plaza. Inside the car was Jack Weinberg, a student who had been arrested for distributing political literature on campus. At the time, university regulations prohibited any advocacy for political causes or candidates, recruitment, or fundraising by student organizations…

Donald Trump Working to Restore America’s Foreign Policy Credibility

President Trump did not intend to spend his first 100 days focusing on foreign policy, but world events rarely cater to the political desires or policy agendas of America’s presidents. Instead, President Trump played the hand he was dealt. And contrary to his Democrat critics, he played it expertly. To be clear, Trump was dealt a losing hand. Under President Obama, the United States receded from its status as a military power, the result of a flawed political calculus and the lack of a coherent foreign policy strategy. Although there were many so-called “Obama doctrine’s” bandied about during President Obama’s…

Democrats Still Looking for a Win After Disappointing Finish in Georgia Special Election

The special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District was supposed to be a sign that Democrats’ political fortunes were turning a corner. Indeed they invested millions of dollars in the race to purchase a win and manufacture some positive momentum. But it didn’t happen. Once again a Democrat candidate with enormous perceived advantages underperformed, signaling that the electorate is not yet ready to give up on President Trump. Democrats have spent months hyping the special election for months now. Republicans have held the suburban Atlanta seat for nearly forty years, but after Rep. Tom Price stepped down to become Secretary…

Democrats’ Thin Bench Isn’t Getting Any Thicker

It hasn’t exactly been a well-kept political secret that Democrats have struggled with a thin political bench for years now. In 2012, National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar warned that “it’s hard to find many top-tier Democrat contenders for 2016,” concluding that they have a “bench that’s, comparatively speaking, awfully thin.” In 2013, Democrat strategist Doug Sosnik warned that the part is “in decline” and “is at considerable risk when Obama is no longer on the scene,” because they’ve failed to “build the Party for the long-term.” In 2014, after getting walloped in the mid terms, New York Daily News’ James Warren…

Democrats Just Can’t Quit the Clintons

Democrats just can’t quit the Clintons. Despite two devastating defeats, Hillary Clinton refuses to ride off into a sunset filled with high-paying speaking engagements, and Democrats refuse to look for the next generation of candidates to carry them to a brighter future. Over the past several weeks Hillary Clinton has been dipping her toe back into politics, offering up pointed remarks about President Trump’s budget, giving her first post-election interview, and generally acting more like a candidate for the nation’s highest office than someone who had just suffered a humiliating Election Day defeat. As Matt Latimer argues in Politico, Clinton…

United Airlines’ Actions Show the Problem with Regulations, Not Free Markets

United Airlines’ assault of a paying customer was decidedly warped. There is simply no excuse for calling in the goons (in this case, Chicago Department of Aviation security officers) to forcibly remove—and injure—any peaceable person from an airplane, much less a physician trying to get home to take care of patients. But progressive’s response to United’s actions have been equally twisted. This is not, as progressives believe, another data point in the argument for a greater regulatory state, it’s a perfect example of the need for greater deregulation. There is no getting around that United shamed itself. Contrary to earlier…