The Corner

Genius

What’s wrong with this picture?

The unemployment rate has been above 7.5 percent for four and a half years. Millions have dropped out of the workforce entirely, with more people dropping out than finding jobs. The labor-force participation rate is at historic lows and long-term unemployment is the worst since the Great Depression. GDP growth has been revised downward (again) to an abysmal 1.8 percent.

The national debt is approaching $17 trillion and entitlements consume 70 percent of tax receipts. A record 48 million people are on foodstamps. Eleven million more people live in poverty than four years ago, millions more are on disability. College grads can’t find jobs and are faced with crushing student-loan debts. Businesses are cutting hours and reducing wages in reaction to the impending train wreck of Obamacare. Families are being hit with massive increases in the cost of health insurance.

Our allies are infuriated with us, Russia and China don’t respect us, and the Taliban are waiting us out. Countries with economies the size of Newark’s ignore or rebuke us.

HHS tramples the religious freedoms of millions of Americans, the IRS targets Americans for their political beliefs, and the EPA goes after an entire industry, promising to devastate the economies of whole states while wreaking havoc on U.S. energy production.

Yet somehow Democrats have been able to corral a sizeable segment of the Republican party into devoting much if not most of their time, energy, resources, and political capital over the last six months to comprehensive immigration reform, a topic that barely even registers on polls of the top concerns of the American people. What shiny bauble will the Democrats dangle the next six . . . oh, look – a squirrel.

 

 

Most Popular

Elections

A Hard Look at Those Post-Election Legal Efforts

On the menu today: Michigan certifies its vote totals; the General Services Administration starts the transition; and it’s time for a hard, unflinching look at the president’s post-election legal efforts. What Did the President Get from His Legal Team? Michigan and Georgia have certified their election ... Read More
Elections

A Hard Look at Those Post-Election Legal Efforts

On the menu today: Michigan certifies its vote totals; the General Services Administration starts the transition; and it’s time for a hard, unflinching look at the president’s post-election legal efforts. What Did the President Get from His Legal Team? Michigan and Georgia have certified their election ... Read More
History

From Hate to Heroism

Welcome to “The Tuesday,” a weekly newsletter about language, culture, politics, and, lately, relentless book-hawking. To subscribe to “The Tuesday” and receive it in your inbox, please follow this link. From Hatred to Heroism Daniel Cordier, when he was young and getting started in life, did not seem ... Read More
History

From Hate to Heroism

Welcome to “The Tuesday,” a weekly newsletter about language, culture, politics, and, lately, relentless book-hawking. To subscribe to “The Tuesday” and receive it in your inbox, please follow this link. From Hatred to Heroism Daniel Cordier, when he was young and getting started in life, did not seem ... Read More
Elections

It’s Only ‘Free and Fair’ When We Win

Indeed, this is astonishing: https://twitter.com/felixsalmon/status/1331295033325219840 In 2018, after two years of media spinning tales about shady Russian infiltrators in our government, 67 percent of Democrats believed that Putin’s gremlins had bored into our voting machines and altered the outcome ... Read More
Elections

It’s Only ‘Free and Fair’ When We Win

Indeed, this is astonishing: https://twitter.com/felixsalmon/status/1331295033325219840 In 2018, after two years of media spinning tales about shady Russian infiltrators in our government, 67 percent of Democrats believed that Putin’s gremlins had bored into our voting machines and altered the outcome ... Read More

The Coup That Wasn’t

Donald Trump is not done challenging the results of the 2020 election in court, and he is by no means done complaining. But there will be no “coup.” Any prospect of Trump remaining in office without a legal process that declares him the recipient of more legal votes in the decisive states has now evaporated. ... Read More

The Coup That Wasn’t

Donald Trump is not done challenging the results of the 2020 election in court, and he is by no means done complaining. But there will be no “coup.” Any prospect of Trump remaining in office without a legal process that declares him the recipient of more legal votes in the decisive states has now evaporated. ... Read More