93.3 F
College Station
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
- Advertisement -

AUTHOR NAME

Kevin D. Williamson

8 POSTS
0 COMMENTS

Rat Patrol

(higyou/Getty Images) Illegal leaks of classified information should be treated as a serious offense. But they would be easier to prevent if less information were classified. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A nd now Adam Schiff has his nose out of joint about politically charged surveillance. Welcome to the party, congressman. The New York Times has reported that the Trump administration, in the persons of Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr, took some unusual steps in an investigation into leaks of classified material, obtaining telephone metadata for Representative Schiff (D., Calif.) and several of his aides and family members, including a minor, and securing a gag order to prevent providers from tipping off the targets of the surveillance. Rat patrol is always an ugly chore in Washington, and it is almost always infused with …

Why You Should Worry about Inflation

Single-family home construction in Valley Center, Calif., June 3, 2021. (Mike Blake/Reuters) Higher prices could be the least of our problems. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n the 1990s, Alan Greenspan dwelt somewhere between Olympus and Delphi — godlike in his power and prone to handing down cryptic pronouncements. Bob Woodward lionized him as the “Maestro” in a book that was published, unfortunately, right as the wheels were coming off, with Greenspan taking much of the blame for inflating the dumb-money dot-com bubble in the late 1990s and subsequently provoking the recession that began in March of 2001. The best and brightest had thought of Greenspan as something like Zeus moving around figurines in his little amphitheater in Clash of the Titans. Instead, he turned out …

Gun Culture Isn’t Gun Policy

A customer holds an AR-15 rifle at a gun store in Provo, Utah, in 2016. (George Grey/Reuters) There is a growing, nigh-unbridgeable cultural gap over guns. But however big it grows, conservatives remain right on the Second Amendment. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE H ere’s something Charlie Cooke and I disagree about: I don’t much care for AR-style rifles. I know, I know: They’re going to take away my gun-nut card. That’s not to say I haven’t owned them. About five years ago, I bought a nice one, and took it dutifully to the range to keep in practice. But I also own a lawnmower and a box full of tools, and I feel the same way about ARs as I do about other household appliances. The same thing holds for slick, modern, 9mm handguns. They’re useful, but I don’t feel any particular excitement about them. I …

Two Pebbles in Putin’s Jackboot

An activist sets up a paper wall depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Czech President Milos Zeman during a flash mob event in front of Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic, February 24, 2019. (David W Cerny/Reuters) The United States is a great power without great credibility — a geopolitical giant that nobody can quite trust. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE V ladimir Putin has published his new naughty list, and, remarkably, it has only two countries on it: One is the United States — but you saw that coming — and the other is the Czech Republic. Two peas in a pod? Or two pebbles in the same jackboot? Czech–Russian relations have hit a rough spot, with Czech authorities recently having disclosed that a 2014 explosion at a Czech munitions depot was the work of Russian agents, an operation most likely run out of the Russian embassy in Prague, a beehive of covert action that has everything but a “GRU” sign in front …

Little Big Men

A protestor waves a burned American flag over a fire during a protest against the death of George Floyd in St Louis, Mo, June 1, 2020. (Lawrence Bryant/Reuters) The social-justice warriors and the tiki-torch Nazis marched in through the same door. The Internet opened it. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hat would you give to change the world? Would you give your life? Your reputation? Your wealth? No? How about 50 bucks? How about a “like” on Twitter? Some people give their lives. A political assassination, for example, is a world-changing event that has since ancient times been within the reach of a motivated private individual, and historically, the easiest way to pull off a successful assassination has been to plan on getting caught or killed. An escape after a sniper attack like Lee Harvey Oswald’s succeeds only one time in a thousand. Most of the world-shaking assassinations and assassination attempts — Abraham Lincoln, …

The Lovable Police State?

Soldiers of the ‘People’s Liberation Army’ in China listen to a speech at the ‘Great Hall of the People’ in Beijing, July 9, 2008. (Claro Cortes IV / Reuters) Chairman Xi wants the world’s love and respect, but he’ll be satisfied just to get his way. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C hinese supremo Xi Jinping has announced a new goal for Chinese diplomacy: that the People’s Republic of China should come to be regarded by the rest of the world as “trustworthy, lovable, and respectable.” Well. Lovable is going to be a stretch for a totalitarian police state that operates concentration camps for religious minorities and gulags for political prisoners. When you are a remorseless autocrat, looking like Winnie the Pooh is only going to get you so far on the lovability front. The other two adjectives won’t be a lot easier. Is Beijing trustworthy? No, of course not. The Chinese authorities lied about COVID-19 …

Another Way to Think about Inflation

A Walmart employee stocks shelves in a newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chicago in 2011. (Jim Young/Reuters) A genuinely conservative economic policy would address risk in the only reliable way we know how: by exercising thrift, prudence, and restraint. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he times are frothy. The markets are frothy. Politics is frothy. If there’s anything we have in abundance, it is froth: The price of that isn’t going up. Other prices, though . . . Inflation really means an artificial increase in the money supply beyond what is demanded by economic growth, though we mostly use it to mean a general rise in consumer prices. And it is sometimes useful to keep that distinction in mind: For example, there is some reason to think that years of efforts at economic stimulus have, by flooding the U.S. economy with cheap money, contributed to skyrocketing prices for …

A Dangerous State of Affairs

Pistols for sale at the Firearms Unknown gun store in Oceanside, Calif., April 12, 2021. (Bing Guan/Reuters) What the national stock-up on guns and ammo says about America today Fort Worth, Texas  — “I thought I was a gun nut,” he says. “But that was before I started working here.” Here is the firearms department of a suburban chain sporting-goods store, where customers and soon-to-be-disappointed would-be customers line up outside before the store opens hoping for a chance to purchase ammunition. You see the same thing all over, outside Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops and Academy and independent local retailers: signs apologizing for the paucity of the firearms inventory, signs advertising a two-box limit for what little ammunition is available, the anxious faces of frustrated shooters. I want to ask him …

Latest news

Autopsy Report: Taxpayers to Reluctantly Continue to Fund Lobbyists

The 87th legislative session has reached its conclusion and though several bills were filed to ban the practice of taxpayer-funded lobbying, ultimately none of...

Ron DeSantis Sends Florida Law Enforcement To Aid Texas, Arizona At Southern Border

Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to send Florida law enforcement to the southern border in response to calls for help from Texas and Arizona as...

Ten GOP Senators Announce Support for Infrastructure Compromise

(rarrarorro/Getty Images) A bipartisan group of 20 senators, including ten Republicans, announced their support for a compromise framework on infrastructure on Wednesday. Details of the framework were not immediately available, although the cost of the potential bill would be $1.2 trillion over eight years, according to CNN. The backing of ten GOP senators could give the potential bill a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, if all 50 Democrats vote in favor. “We support this bipartisan framework that provides an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs without raising taxes,” the group said in a statement. “We look forward to working with our Republican and Democratic colleagues to develop legislation based on this framework to address America’s critical infrastructure challenges.” Twenty senators from both parties announce support for $1.2T, eight-year bipartisan infrastructure outline pic.twitter.com/0aTxnBGwzM — Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 16, 2021 #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c905d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9471 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c96a3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c9845 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60ca7567c999e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } President Biden initially proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that includes funding for bridges, roads, and railways, and a national network of charging stations for electric vehicles, among other provisions. Republicans have attempted to lower the price tag on the bill and have insisted that legislation not include tax increases. Additionally, the GOP senators have strived to keep former President Trump’s 2017 tax reform measures in place. Democrats have explored options for passing an infrastructure bill via budget reconciliation rules, which allow certain pieces of legislation to pass the Senate via a simple majority vote instead of a filibuster-proof 60 votes. However, Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) cautioned against using budget reconciliation to pass an infrastructure bill in comments to NBC earlier this month. “Are you ready to go it alone with just Democrats?” reporter Garrett Haake asked Manchin. “No. I don’t think we should. I really don’t,” Manchin responded. “Right now, basically, we need to be bipartisan.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.
- Advertisement -