Obama’s Biggest Mistake

    Pushing through a giant healthcare package the majority of Americans didn’t want is one thing, but wasting a once in multiple generations chance at crafting a great stimulus package is as bad or worse.  Think about this.  Barack Obama had all the political capital needed to spend nearly a trillion dollars on a stimulus.  For that money, did we get a new Tennessee Valley Authority, | Read More »

    Machiavelli, Obama, and the Tradition of Liberty

    Machiavelli’s succinct and semi-diabolical advice to the prince is one of the most enduring works of political philosophy in the world.  This man, writing in a time roughly contemporaneous with the Reformation, was less concerned with seeking the will of God than with winning at all costs.  I wrote about him in my book The End of Secularism. He is famous for advising the prince | Read More »

    Killing the Medicare Argument

    Manning my trusty treadmill at the gym last night, I watched Laurence O’Donnell debate a woman who had passionately called at a townhall for a return to the kind of nation the founders envisioned.  His primary strategy was to ask her if she wanted to repeal Medicare, which he characterized as “smart, pragmatic socialism.” The idea here is that, hey, Medicare works to cover seniors | Read More »

    Five Simple Arguments Against Government Healthcare

    The argument from federalism: One of the great benefits of federalism is that the states can act as the laboratories of democracy.  If a new public policy is tried in the states and works (as happened with welfare reform in Michigan and Wisconsin), then a similar program has a good chance of succeeding at the national level.  The welfare reform went national and proved to | Read More »

    From Miracle on Ice to Miracle on the Hudson

    Many of us remember the U.S. victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid.  It came at a good time. We all know the story.  The 1970’s had been hard on America.  We were beginning to look like losers buffetted by economic uncertainty, high inflation and unemployment, the loss of prestige on the international stage, the looming threat of nuclear war | Read More »

    Farewell Jack Reacher. Farewell Lee Child.

    My father-in-law and I bonded years ago when he introduced me to the genre of action thrillers.  It began when he loaned me a box full of the first 60 or so Remo Williams novels.  I still remember that chapter two of each book began with “His name was Remo and . . .” Our latest action hero has been Jack Reacher, the creation of | Read More »


    Books for Intellectually Curious Conservatives at Year End

    It is nearly New Year’s Eve and the time of reflection is greatly upon us.  This reality is especially salient in the wake of a revolutionary left-liberal presidential victory and the onset of substantial economic challenges. Under the circumstances, I thought now might be a good time to propose a list of outstanding books for the intellectually curious friend or fellow traveler. I would not | Read More »

    Reading Russell Kirk

    It’s the end of the year, so the book lists are out.  I’m thinking about conservative icon Russell Kirk. If you want a really enjoyable and edifying read, I recommend you begin with The Roots of American Order.  That book will give you an understandable and historically grounded sense of what “ordered liberty” means. It will also open the mysteries of Kirk wide to the | Read More »

    Why I Love Mike Huckabee

    Hugh Hewitt had Mike Huckabee on his show recently. I missed it, but read the transcript and found this gem: HH: Governor, here’s a contradiction in the book, and I read it very closely. On some places like Page 70, you denounce “yuppie greedheads”. Another place, you’re assaulting the management of Halliburton and Home Depot and Pfizer. And then in another place, you’re palling around | Read More »

    Can’t Bail Out GM

    Read Irwin Stelzer on the matter. It’s pretty clear. It’s not Iacocca all over again. This bailout will just lead to another bailout.