From a news story by Charles Babington: “Hastert added that ‘I am not telling a lie’ when talking of Kerry’s proposal to roll back some of President Bush’s tax cuts, which Republicans label a tax increase.” Which Republicans label a tax increase? Two years ago there was a debate in which Republicans said that Democratic plans to keep scheduled tax cuts from coming into effect were tax increases, and Democrats denied it. I tentatively agreed with the Republican position, but the Democratic position was at least arguable. But the tax cuts that Kerry seeks to undo have already taken effect. He’s not just saying that he wants the top tax rates in 2006 to be higher than they would otherwise have been in 2006. He wants them to be higher in 2006 than they are now, in 2004. How is that not a tax increase?
Yesterday, the Human Rights Foundation hosted an event they called “PutinCon” -- a conference devoted to the Russian “president,” Vladimir Putin: his rise and his deeds, both at home and abroad. Participating were both Russians and well-wishing foreigners. It was, above all, a day of truth-telling -- a ... Read More
The Republican primary in the Illinois gubernatorial race has largely been characterized by incumbent Bruce Rauner refusing to confront his challenger Jeanne Ives, including in public debates. The only time the two candidates faced off was in front of the Chicago Tribune editorial board in late January, during ... Read More
Last October, the U.S. House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific evidence that fetuses can feel pain at this stage of development. The bill passed by a 237–189 vote; all but three Democratic representatives voted ... Read More
The Wall Street Journal has a story today about the ties between President Trump's trade adviser, Peter Navarro, and the biggest steel company in the U.S. -- Nucor Corp. It is particularly interesting in light of the stiff steel tariffs successfully pushed by Navarro, which he championed ever since he joined the ... Read More
One of the biggest intellectual jousting matches last year was between Duke history professor Nancy MacLean, who wrote a slimy, dishonest book about Nobel Prize–winning economist James Buchanan and the whole limited-government movement, and the many scholars who blasted holes in it. If it had been a boxing ... Read More
The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would roll back parts of Dodd-Frank. The vote was 67–31, with 17 members of the Democratic caucus breaking party lines. If the legislation passes the House and is signed, it will be the largest change to the controversial financial-reform package since it became law in ... Read More
At the height of the influx of refugees into Germany in 2015–17, there was little doubt that mixed among the worthy cases were economic migrants taking advantage of the chaos to seek their fortunes in Europe. Perhaps out of instinctive pro-immigrant sentiment, Germany’s Left obscured the difference. Its ... Read More