Former President Bill Clinton’s speech poked at the Republican presidential ticket’s biggest vulnerability: Romney-Ryan’s commitment to sharp reductions in federal support for Medicaid, which I believe are very unlikely to be implemented in practice, though I hope block grants of some kind are pursued. But I didn’t see much follow-through. Instead, the Democrats seem to be focused on the auto bailout as their most politically unproblematic achievement. While Clinton seemed strangely reluctant to attack Romney-Ryan’s Medicare reform concept, President Obama pledged to oppose the “voucherization” of Medicare, which presumably means he will oppose competitive bidding. That is a major disappointment.
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More