The Corner

Today’s Questions for the President

The economy shrank “unexpectedly” last quarter by 0.1 percent. Yesterday, spokesmen for your administration and other Democrats blamed the economic contraction on cuts in federal spending, Hurricane Sandy, Republican intransigence in the fiscal-cliff talks, declines in exports, businesses’ uncertainty over possible austerity measures, Republicans generally, concern over possible sequestration, and undefined factors in the global economy.

Which one is it?

If uncertainty over the possibility of sequestration or austerity measures caused the contraction, what role did uncertainty over implementation of Obamacare — affecting at least one-sixth of the U.S. economy– play? What uncertainty will Democrats’ continued calls for higher taxes create going forward? 

Do you agree with the Democratic party director of communications Brad Woodhouse’s tweet that this is “the best-looking contraction in U.S. GDP you’ll ever see?” If so, why? What other economic contractions have been good-looking, even if not quite as good-looking as this one?

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Most Popular

U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More