The Trade Policy Clown Show of 2015

Great nations are not normally in the habit of allowing childish temper tantrums to dictate economic policy. Great nations are even less inclined to sacrifice an excellent economic deal because of a temper tantrum. And yet, when we examine the frantic and immature back-and-forth regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Act, we see that the United States--a …

So Much for Expecting Enlightenment on Trade Policy

I had harbored some hope that politicians would behave like adults when it came to addressing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. As noted in my previous post, the benefits of free trade are clear and overwhelming, the American public appears more ready to accept and support trade deals, and there is bipartisan cooperation between congressional Republicans …

In Which Karen Tumulty and Sean Sullivan Bury the Lede

This piece by Karen Tumulty and Sean Sullivan, concerning emerging ideological divisions in the Democratic party, should come as no surprise whatsoever to those who have been tracking the paroxysms that have been afflicting Democrats since the 2014 midterm elections took place. And of course, it ought to go without saying that reports of Democratic party …

What Elizabeth Warren Does Not Know about Credit Cards and Borrowing Money

I'm amazed that the following actually has to be explained to a former Harvard Law professor and current United States senator: Why do people borrow? To hear law professor turned Senator Elizabeth Warren, it is because they are seduced by rapacious lenders and a consumerist culture into living beyond their means, buying big-screen televisions, new cars, …

Hillary Clinton May Win the Democratic Presidential Nomination . . .

But there are plenty in the party who hope and wish she won't: Emails sent by liberal activists and obtained by The Hill reveal significant dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. The critical messages about the former first lady show that she has a long way to go …

Still “Ready for Hillary”?

I would like to take this moment to join others in pointing out that the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination sounds very much like the kind of person most Democrats would call a "neoconservative." While there are a lot of Democrats who claim that come 2016, they will be fully and completely "Ready for Hillary," I …

Bullying Doesn’t Pay (One Hopes)

It is good to see that there is some pushback against Elizabeth Warren's efforts to intimidate her critics and those of the liberal wing of the Democratic party. It would be nice, of course, to see even more pushback, along with a general sense of outrage amongst the populace regarding the tendency of politicians like Warren …

The “Reality-Based Community” Should Stop Calling Itself “Reality-Based”

Proving anew that there is no bottom to demagoguery, some allegedly "reality-based" Democrats are now calling for an increase in Social Security benefits. I'd like for retired people to be able to get more money, but the demands for increased benefits show a lack of understanding regarding the state of Social Security, and unless the …

Elizabeth Warren Shows Her True Colors

I guess that I must be something of an old fogey, but I have serious objections to Elizabeth Warren's decision to go on witch-hunts against those who have the temerity to suggest that she might be anything less than saintly and wonderful. Further proof of what might be my old-fogeyness might be found in my …

President Elizabeth Warren?

George Will on why the prospect of an Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy entices and entrances Democrats: Can Democratic activists, for whom politics is catnip, cheerfully contemplate the uncontested nomination of someone who will be 69 on Election Day 2016, who will have been conspicuous in the nation’s life for a quarter of a century, and who cultivates …