Koch Derangement Syndrome

The allegedly evil and malignant Koch brothers have recently made a $100 million donation to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The reaction: Protests. To the last, the port-siders will grapple with the Kochs. From Hell's heart, they stab at the Kochs. For hate's sake, they spit their last breaths upon the Kochs. And they will chase …

Politics Kills Economic Growth

This editorial is entirely right to attack House Republicans for killing prospects for immigration reform, just as it takes on Democrats for killing free trade. Encouraging smart, hardworking people to come to the United States and chase the American dream--while enriching America with their own talents--is one of the best ways around to help foster increased …

Charles Lane v. Protectionists

Anyone who wants the United States to benefit from more economic growth would do well to take Lane's side: The Great Recession wrought global havoc, but at least it did not rekindle protectionist sentiment. Or so it seemed until last week, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) trashed President Obama’s request for authority to …

Why Does Harry Reid Hate Prosperity?

As I have written before, free trade is one of the best, most surefire ways to grow the economy, put more money in people's pockets, and create new jobs. So, while I am not surprised that the worst Senate majority leader in history is working to undermine free trade, I am disappointed. And I confess …

Of Persistent Obamacare Gremlins and Other Health Care Policy Failures

I presume that this is the "new and improved" Obamacare that everyone is suddenly supposed to be enthusiastic about: After refusing for weeks to detail the extent of back-end problems with healthcare.gov, the Obama administration on Friday said a technical bug affected approximately 25 percent of enrollments on the federal exchanges in October and November. Those technical bugs, …

No Virginia, Obamacare Is NOT Getting Better (A Continuing Series)

Since Obamacare supporters insist on presenting anecdotal evidence claiming that the website is performing more effectively, I presume that I am also allowed to present anecdotal evidence showing that the website is about as bad as it was before. And of course, those claiming that the website still doesn't function properly have more than mere anecdotal …

Obamacare Is Bringing Down the Obama Administration

With each passing day, the president's signature legislative achievement is becoming more and more of a liability for him and for his administration, politically. (We leave aside for the moment the policy liability that it is and always has been for the country.) Josh Kraushaar invites us to contemplate the previously unthinkable scenario of Democrats (yes, …

New Obamacare Lows

Let's make sure that everyone understands this: The president's announcement yesterday that state insurance commissioners would be allowed to let people continue to keep their insurance plans for an extra year is designed to ensure that if one loses one's insurance plan, one will blame the state insurance commissioners and the insurance companies--who are trying …

A Much Needed History Lesson on DOMA

Many of the Democrats celebrating the Supreme Court's decision on DOMA would have you believe that they opposed the law from the outset. Zenon Evans performs a mitzvah by reminding all and sundry of what those Democrats desperately want all and sundry to forget:. . . In response to the ruling, Bill Clinton tweeted that he is “grateful …