Bremmer: “We’re going to see a lot more walls”

Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, Steve Bannon, the architect of the unexpected victory, told The Hollywood Reporter that ‘the globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia.’ The last few years have seen the rise of an anti-establishment, anti-immigration politics in many Western countries. Brexit, Trump, and the new far-right strength in Europe have all been interpreted as part of this trend. In his new book Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism, political scientist Ian Bremmer surveys the backlash to globalism. As president of risk consultancy firm the Eurasia Group and a foreign policy pundit writing for Time, Bremmer believes the criticism of globalization on both the left and right is largely correct.” (04/24/18)

Some NRA fans prove that some NRA fans are idiots

Source: The Oklahoman

“A woman kneels, her rifle steadied, and peers down the scope toward a white Yeti cooler — the kind that retails for $300 or more. She pulls the trigger. The cooler explodes. A hashtag displays across the screen: #SupportTheNRA. It’s one of several videos appearing online since the Texas-based Yeti ended a discount program with the National Rifle Association Foundation, the gun lobby’s charitable arm. NRA backers viewed the move as an attack on the Second Amendment, though Yeti — a company whose premium coolers became prized among hunters — claimed it wasn’t singling the lobby out. … ‘Let me get this straight,’ tweeted Jim Richman, a blogger who writes about outdoor sports and faith. ‘#Yeticoolerchallenge = fill $500 cooler with $20 of tannerite. Blow up cooler. Outcome: @Yeti keeps $500, @NRA foundation receives no benefit, and you are left with no cooler and a huge mess to clean up … seems reasonable.'” (04/24/18)

Cato Daily Podcast, 04/24/18

Source: Cato Institute

“Administrative law judges tend to work in obscurity. In Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, the proper role of these administrators is squarely before the U.S. Supreme Court. Andrew M. Grossman comments.” [various formats] (04/24/18)

The Iran regime change crew is back

Source: The Atlantic
by Vali Nasr

“Among the most strident critics of the nuclear deal with Iran are those who believe it furthers the survival of its leadership. By throwing Iran’s rulers an economic lifeline, they believe, the deal is an abject failure. America’s goal, they say, should never have been ‘denuclearization,’ but regime change. These days, those regime-change evangelists having shrugged off the lessons of the Iraq war, are back at the helm of U.S. foreign policy. John Bolton, Donald Trump’s new national-security adviser, has long advocated regime change in Iran, and more recently has argued that the administration should openly embrace it as a foreign-policy goal. At the same time, Bolton and his ilk are pushing for a denuclearization deal with North Korea ahead of Trump’s planned summit with Kim Jong Un, the country’s leader. Preparations for the meeting will likely be in full swing by May 12, the next deadline for extending the Iran deal. The Trump administration, in other words, could find itself in the odd situation of tearing down the nuclear deal with Iran while pursuing a similar deal with North Korea.” (04/25/18)

AZ: Lesko holds House seat for GOP in closely fought special election

Source: Newsweek

“Republican Debbie Lesko has won the special election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district, holding off a strong challenge from Democrats, who in recent months have claimed a string of victories in GOP strongholds. The former state senator defeated Hiral Tipirneni, a former emergency room physician running for public office for the first time. … The district has a strong majority of Republican-registered voters and Donald Trump won the district by a 20 per cent margin in 2016’s presidential election. However Lesko’s margin of victory was considerably smaller than Trump’s in 2016, giving hope to Democrats. According to votes tallied late Tuesday, Lesko won by only six percentage points, claiming 53 percent of the vote to Tipirneni’s 47 percent.” (04/25/18)

Closing the debt-driven fiscal gap just got a lot harder

Source: Heartland Institute
by Barry Poulson & John Merrifield

“The CBO measures fiscal sustainability by estimating the fiscal gap — the change in savings required to stabilize the debt-to-GDP ratio. The most recent CBO estimate of the fiscal gap is 1.9% of GDP; at that rate, it would take 30 years to stabilize America’s debt-to-GDP ratio. The CBO concludes that fiscal policies are not sustainable under current law and that closing the fiscal gap requires the implementation of multiple fundamental fiscal reforms — most important among these, entitlement reforms. The CBO’s ‘Long Term Forecasts’ have been criticized for not using dynamic scoring to capture the positive impact on economic growth made by free-market policy reforms, such as the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. But there is a more basic problem with the CBO’s forecasts: The CBO estimates the fiscal gap based on budgeted federal spending and revenues. In our research, we simulate total federal spending based on historical data that include emergency spending as well as budgeted spending.” (04/24/18)

Judge orders reopening of DACA after 90-day delay

Source: CNN

“Another federal judge has overruled the Trump administration’s efforts to end a popular immigration program — this time saying the government has to accept new applications. The ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, however, won’t take immediate effect, with the judge delaying the ruling for 90 days to allow the administration to make its case in a new memo justifying the end of the program. Similar to the other rulings, Judge John Bates concluded that the wind-down of DACA was ‘arbitrary and capricious’ because the Department of Homeland Security failed to ‘adequately explain its conclusion that the program was unlawful.'” (04/25/18)

Leading Liberty Podcast, 04/24/18

Leading Liberty

Source: Leading Liberty

“Jeffrey Tucker Joins the Libertarian Party.” [various formats] (04/24/18)

The trial of Alfie Evans

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Courts have sometimes intervened when parents deny their children medical treatment but, in this case, they have prevented parents from seeking care aimed, by definition, at saving a child’s life. Even if the procedure fails, it may yield breakthroughs that researchers apply to future cases of this exceedingly rare condition. One wonders how Europe arrived at the point that its courts seem willing to provoke an international incident in order to deny a child medical care.” (04/24/18)

Kanye West and the awesome power of celebrity

Source: Town Hall
by Frank Cannon

“By this point, conservatives have become accustomed to the Left’s favored tactic for dealing with opposing viewpoints. Instead of making a compelling argument with the aim of winning on its merits, the Left prefers to shame, label, and character assassinate those who dare to disagree in an attempt to silence dissent. It’s a tactic that often works to perfection, which is why they continue to use it. The threat of social or economic harm is often enough to coerce an individual to remain silent rather than publicly voice an opinion contrary to the Left’s preferred viewpoint.” (04/24/18)