On Thursday of last week, Trump made a comment that went unnoticed by many.
If we don’t pay lots of ransom money over to the insurance companies, [Obamacare] would die.
Unfortunately, he’s got a point. Currently, the Obamacare markets are being sustained by billions of dollars in illegal corporate welfare to coax insurers to remain and prevent a death spiral. Continue reading “Obamacare’s “Ransom” Means “Bailout””
Andrew Jackson has become a figure of historical fixation over the last few years . In April of last year, it was announced he was being removed from the twenty-dollar bill and replaced by a black woman he likely would have despised – Harriet Tubman. And it is well documented that Trump looks to Jackson as something of a historical role-model. In recent weeks Donald Trump has elevated Jackson’s historical standing, claiming Jackson would have prevented the Civil War. Continue reading “The Story of Junaluska”
In a recent opinion piece for The New York Times titled “What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech,” New York University vice provost Ulrich Baer insinuated that the very concept of truth is a tool for oppression.
Baer’s underlying assumptions on the nature of truth are dangerously postmodern and threaten a more liberal understanding of free speech. Continue reading “NYU Admin: Postmodern Priorities Trump Truth”
Jake Tapper summarized the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency well: “Long on executive orders, short on major legislative accomplishments.”
Of course, President Barack Obama was also famously (or infamously, depending upon your point of view) willing to use the “pen and phone” of executive orders to achieve his policy aims. But while many of President Trump’s executive orders have merely erased the ones issued by President Obama, our current commander-in-chief has similarly not shied away from privileging the pen and phone over Congressional legislation. Continue reading “100 Days and Pen-and-Phone Governance”
With this plea, FBI Director Comey asked for a bathroom recess a few hours into a lengthy open hearing on Capitol Hill held on March 20, 2017.
The House Intelligence Committee held an open hearing on March 20th on the active measures being taken to investigate potential Russian influences in the election.
Two hours into the hearing, it was nearly impossible to ignore the number of times FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers both explained their inability to answer certain questions was due to the fact that they couldn’t divulge classified information a public setting. Continue reading ““Mr. Chairman, I’m Not Made of Steel””
On June 8, British citizens will head to the polls to vote in a snap election called by prime minister Theresa May. While some American observers may be confused by it, May’s decision-making actually offers a model of contemporary statesmanship worthy of emulation. Continue reading “Theresa May Teaches a Crumbling World a Lesson on Statesmanship”
White rural America is playing an outsized role in America’s political narrative, and with reason. As J.D. Vance and Nancy Eisenberg write in their respective books, Hillbilly Elegy and White Trash, rural high-school educated white voters are facing dramatic social and economic hardships. These hardships and consequent frustrations were major forces that propelled Donald Trump from a long-shot candidate to the office of the presidency.
Yet, lost in the narrative are the stories of some 600 plus rural counties that are far from majority white.
Continue reading “The Other Silent Majority”
Billionaire Elon Musk’s signature car company, Tesla, recently made headlines when an increase in their stock price gave them the title of most-valuable car company in the USA, ahead of giants GM and Ford. This news came as a surprise to many, and rightfully so. Tesla should be nowhere close to as valuable as GM, but optimism from investors has driven up the stock price. Continue reading “Tesla is Not as Valuable as GM. Here’s Why That’s Silly”
Recent events in the spheres of US policy on Syria, healthcare, and free trade have exposed what seems a fundamental human truth: no one really cares about the numbers.
For all our talk of data-driven policy (and the treasure troves of information available to us), it is not apparent that our decision making is based on what rigorous analysis might suggest the best solutions are. The long and short of it is that, when it comes to making policy decisions, we are far more human than we are rational. Continue reading “The Impotence of Numbers”
A friend of mine once remarked, “libertarians are simply ideologically consistent progressives.” As a former libertarian, I felt some disgust at the statement. Libertarianism, at least on the surface, is the opposite of progressivism—a far-right reaction to leftward-realing world. While progressives see the state as a tool to overcome man’s oppressions in both the public and private spheres, libertarians see the state as a dangerous and often counter-productive entity which can make disparities worse. Instead, libertarians have taken on the challenge of unshackling mankind from oppression, but with different views of what constitutes oppression and freedom.
But as I reconsidered my friend’s statement, it began to make more sense. I considered the reasons why I stopped classifying myself as a libertarian. The more I thought about it, the more I came to agree with its premise,especially as I considered the ancient philosophy of hedonism. Continue reading “Libertarianism: Hedonism in Freedom’s Clothing”