The Corner

The World According to Obama

The president’s remarks at a fundraiser last night, quoted at length by Greg Sargent, expressed the view of a lot of liberals quite well. For him, it is obvious, simply common sense, that we need to enact comprehensive immigration reform, impose sharp cuts to carbon emissions, crack down further on sex discrimination by employers, raise the minimum wage, and put more money into early childhood education; anyone who disagrees with these propositions is being ideologically rigid and unreasonable; and the press should make it clear that the Democrats are the party of common-sense compromise and the Republicans the party of nutty extremism. This is what the world looks like inside the liberal bubble.

Outside it, of course, it is entirely reasonable to question the wisdom of the Senate’s approach to immigration, to doubt that the benefits of cutting carbon emissions will be worth the costs, to reject the White House’s narrative about the gender gap in pay, to view the CBO’s estimate of the effects of the minimum wage as a good reason to refrain from raising it, and to conclude that the evidence suggests early-childhood education does not accomplish much. This president is not interested in these arguments; he would prefer it if reporters did not acknowledge their existence. Many of them will oblige without much prompting, because they see things exactly the same way.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

Most Popular

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

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More