Blog No 163. The Oozlum’s Tax Bill

Regular readers will recall that from time to time RINOcracy.com has referred to the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, and other self-styled “conservatives” on Capitol Hill, as Oozlums. For the benefit of new readers, the term is a reference to the mythical bird that flies in ever decreasing concentric circles until it disappears[…]

Blog No. 162. Donald Trump and the “I” Word

The impeachment breezes that have been wafting through the air for months have recently grown a bit brisker. Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund manager turned Democratic activist, has been promoting impeachment through a $20 million campaign of television ads. And, on November 15, several House Democrats introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of[…]

Blog No. 161. The Sutherland Massacre and the Challenge of the AR-15

  The day after the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, White House Counselor Kelly Anne Conway offered the familiar response of those for whom the Second Amendment—and their own boundless interpretations of it—are Holy Writ. She attacked anyone who would “politicize” the event by calling for increased gun control measures.[…]

Blog No. 160. Carla Hills On NAFTA (and Job Training)

Forty years ago or so, I had the opportunity to work for Carla A. Hills when she was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and several years later we were law partners. In the meantime, Carla had served as United States Trade Representative under President George H.W Bush and formed her own international trade consulting[…]

Blog No. 159. Republicans: Adrift or a Rift?

  Blog No. 158 paid tribute to the eloquent addresses by John McCain and George W. Bush, and they were followed this week by a moving testament from Senator Jeff Flake. All three speeches depicted in gripping terms the serious failings of the Trump presidency. McCain and Bush called out the abandonment of American ideals[…]

Blog No. 158. McCain, Bush and the Honey Badger

Most readers of RINOcracy.com will have read about John McCain’s speech on Monday to the National Constitution Center. Yet most will probably not have seen a video of the speech, and it is well worth watching. It was short, less than 11 minutes long, but a speech that Bret Stephens called “the finest expression of[…]

Blog No. 157. Congressional Republicans: In Search of a Brain, a Heart and Courage

Collectively, Congressional Republicans resemble nothing so much as a composite character from the Wizard of Oz. In that tale, it will be recalled, the  Scarecrow wants a brain, the Tin Woodman wants a heart, and the Cowardly Lion wants courage. Too often, Republicans in the House and Senate appear to be lacking in all three[…]

Blog No. 156. North Korea: Diplomacy from the Tweetster in Chief

The deteriorating course of relations between North Korea and the United States over the past several months brings to mind William F. Buckley’s famous description of National Review: “It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge[…]

Blog No. 155. Trump and the Democrats (and a brief au revoir)

The deal that Trump suddenly struck with Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi is at once promising and perilous. It is promising in that it avoided, at least for the time being, the twin disasters of a government default (failure to increase the debt ceiling) and a government shutdown (failure to approve[…]