Oilman Rex Tillerson and Ukraine

“Why should U.S. taxpayers be interested in Ukraine?” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was heard, or overheard, to ask at a recent meeting of the Group of Seven foreign ministers. The remark sent the usually astute Anne Applebaum into medium dudgeon. Writing in the Washington Post, she commented, snidely: “Unlike everyone who has

By | 2017-04-28T21:28:15+00:00 April 26th, 2017|

Open Borders Do Not Lead to Prosperity

Illegal immigration has plagued the United States for decades. The business, political, media, and academic elite in America today insist that the unfettered movement of all people will, among other things, lead to a greater level of innovation. According to this theory, whenever America becomes less inviting to foreigners, that talent chooses to go elsewhere.

By | 2017-03-23T21:27:52+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

Does Europe Treasure NATO Again?

It is a bit rich to hear Europeans insist that any Trump Administration doubts about NATO’s usefulness is heresy—given their occasional popular indifference to and ambiguity about the alliance. In current journalistic groupthink, Donald Trump has endangered NATO by suggesting a) it does not have a clearly defined role and needs to find one for

By | 2017-03-22T11:08:24+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|

China is Taking Afghanistan—at U.S. Expense

Americans didn't fight and die in Afghanistan so China could extract its copper. The Chinese military is conducting joint operations with the Pakistanis and Afghan security forces along the Chinese border, according to recent reports. The targets are jihadist elements, particularly a budding presence of Islamic State and other like-minded groups operating in Afghanistan.

By | 2017-04-03T05:34:04+00:00 March 11th, 2017|

While Democrats Fume, Trump Becomes the Jobs President

It’s the economy, stupid. We’ve heard the phrase so many times over the past 25 years that it has descended into cliché if not outright parody. But it’s been repeated so often because it highlights a basic truth about politics: jobs matter. And since the election, the job growth has been extraordinary. It’s been so

By | 2017-04-03T05:34:48+00:00 March 11th, 2017|

Washington, D.C. Needs a Recession

Banish the bureaucrats! It's time to see some outsourcing of federal jobs in America's Capital City or, perhaps, just serious layoffs. Visiting the District of Columbia is an awful experience when you work hard to support your family out in the hinterlands. You arrive in a place with constant construction. Houses that would be $300,000

By | 2017-03-07T18:29:56+00:00 March 7th, 2017|

Deficits Do Matter

When former Vice President Dick Cheney nonchalantly quipped to former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill that “deficits don’t matter,” every fiscal conservative and anti-war liberal set their proverbial hair on fire. Under President George W. Bush, a modest surplus left behind by his predecessor was spent away on ill-advised entitlement programs, the mismanaged wars in Iraq

By | 2017-03-07T15:54:39+00:00 March 7th, 2017|

Nationalism Never Died (We Just Ignored It)

The rise of Donald Trump, last year’s Brexit vote, or the rise of alternative Right parties (such as Germany’s Alternativ für Deutschland and France’s National Front parties) all represent nationalistic movements. They may take different forms, but the concept of globalism has taken a pretty serious hit these last few years. In this morass, the

By | 2017-03-05T16:28:53+00:00 March 5th, 2017|

Conservatism: What is it Good For?

Paul Mirengoff of PowerLine has been kind enough to reply to my recent essay on the state of modern conservatism. To get the brown-nosing out of the way, I have been an avid reader of PowerLine for years. I thank Mirengoff for taking the time to comment on some of the problems I brought to

By | 2017-03-02T00:42:51+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|

Trump Revisits Gettysburg

As Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg spoke of America by referring to the four score and seven years that had passed since its birth, President Trump envisioned an America twelve score and 10 from its birth; its 250th birthday, or sestercentennial. That would place us in 2026, a year and a half following an eight-year Trump presidency. Our

By | 2017-03-01T18:23:20+00:00 March 1st, 2017|