Just catching up from the holidays and following up on Ramesh’s post on criticisms of his piece. I really don’t get how Trump critics think it is scoring a point against Trump to say that any Republican would have done the same things Trump has in the first year. If you are an orthodox conservative, this should be something to be celebrated and redound to Trump’s credit. If you are a populist supporter of Trump’s, you have more cause to be disappointed, especially given how Trump — besides the foolish pull-out from TPP — hasn’t yet done anything substantial to follow up on his campaign rhetoric on trade. (That will likely change in the year ahead.) For my part, Trump’s record so far is more orthodox than I expected, and I think it’s not something to be churlish about, but to gladly acknowledge and praise.
The U.S economy is aching for many more highly skilled, technically trained people. But what if men end up limiting their eventual marriage prospects if they pursue careers in the trades or other jobs that don’t require a four-year degree? Some proportion of women who have bachelor's and post-baccalaureate ... Read More
B uzzFeed published an explosive allegation that the president of the United States ordered his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Specifically, in a news story sourced to two anonymous law-enforcement officials said to ... Read More
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In a statement on the Senate floor yesterday, Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) doubled down on her attacks against the Catholic group the Knights of Columbus and accused her colleague Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) of “embrac[ing] the alt-right position” by offering a resolution rebuking the use of unconstitutional ... Read More
Whatever the significance of the BuzzFeed story, it’s not that Trump is getting impeached. That was going to happen regardless. If the BuzzFeed story is true (and everyone should be cautious about that given the fate of some past Trump-Mueller bombshells) it tells us what one of the impeachment counts will be, ... Read More
Leon Trotsky — n.b., Millennials: He was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez before she was — understood the power of single-payer systems: “The old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced with a new one: who does not obey shall not eat.” The socialist powers of Trotsky’s time made good on ... Read More