• Garland Nomination Shouldn't Change the #NoHearingsNoVotes Strategy


    Now that President Obama has nominated an unassuming “moderate” with a sterling resumé, should Senate Republicans abandon their position—which I endorsed in these webpages right after Justice Scalia’s passing—of not considering any nominee until after the election? In a word, no.

    For one thing—the most important thing—the #NoHearingsNoVotes strategy has always been about the Supreme Court as an institution, not any particular nominee. We live in a polarized political world, with the most turbulent election campaign of my lifetime. President Obama was reelected in 2012, but the Tea Party response to crony capitalism and ever-growing government solidified the opposition in the House and brought the Senate to the GOP in 2014. (And I would argue that the only reason Obama was reelected was that the Republicans managed to nominate the one person who couldn’t credibly run against the ever-unpopular Obamacare.) READ MORE...

  • Crucified for the Crime of Extremism: Jesus Died in a Police State


    “In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime — the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps …the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

    Just as police states have arisen throughout history, there have also been individuals or groups of individuals who have risen up to challenge the injustices of their age. READ MORE...

  • Don't Step In Trump's Trade And Manufacturing Indiscretions


    Correcting the record after a Donald Trump policy diatribe is a bit like cleaning up after a St. Bernard in intestinal distress. His logic is sloppy and he’s loose with the facts. Consider Trump’s recent op-ed on trade and manufacturing in USA Today: So many messes; so few plastic bags.

    Trump’s eulogy for U.S. manufacturing is dead wrong.  He writes:

    One of the factors driving this economic devastation is America’s disastrous trade policies. Throughout history, at the center of any thriving country has been a thriving manufacturing sector. But under decades of failed leadership, the United States has gone from being the globe’s manufacturing powerhouse — the envy of the world — through a rapid deindustrialization that has evaporated entire communities. READ MORE...

  • How Effective Is Border Security?


    Border security is a major issue this election cycle. Republican Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are all calling for a border wall and vast increases in Border Patrol to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. The truth is, over the past 15 years, we’ve dramatically increased border enforcement. And instead of needing more, we may be going too far already.

    Since 2000, the number of Border Patrol agents has more than doubled. These days, the number of illegal immigrants apprehended by Border Patrol is 80 percent lower than in 2000. READ MORE...

  • How Effective Is Border Security?


    Border security is a major issue this election cycle. Republican Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are all calling for a border wall and vast increases in Border Patrol to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. The truth is, over the past 15 years, we’ve dramatically increased border enforcement. And instead of needing more, we may be going too far already.

    Since 2000, the number of Border Patrol agents has more than doubled. These days, the number of illegal immigrants apprehended by Border Patrol is 80 percent lower than in 2000. READ MORE...

  • Which U.S. Ally Isn't Whining about Being Called a 'Free Rider'?


    I wrote last week about how the Saudis, among others, were upset that President Obama called them free riders.

    At least one of America’s long-time allies, however, appears to be a exhibiting a different sort of behavior. Last year, the Japanese Diet pushed through reforms to its national security regulations allowing the country to play a more active role in East Asia. Decried by some as an abandonment of Japan’s pacifist traditions, the policy reforms reflect instead, explains Jennifer Lind, in a new paper in Cato’s Policy Analysis series, “only the most recent recalibration of Japan’s postwar grand strategy.” Lind will be at Cato next week to discuss her findings and the implications for U.S. policy in East Asia. READ MORE...

  • Which U.S. Ally Isn't Whining about Being Called a 'Free Rider'?


    I wrote last week about how the Saudis, among others, were upset that President Obama called them free riders.

    At least one of America’s long-time allies, however, appears to be a exhibiting a different sort of behavior. Last year, the Japanese Diet pushed through reforms to its national security regulations allowing the country to play a more active role in East Asia. Decried by some as an abandonment of Japan’s pacifist traditions, the policy reforms reflect instead, explains Jennifer Lind, in a new paper in Cato’s Policy Analysis series, “only the most recent recalibration of Japan’s postwar grand strategy.” Lind will be at Cato next week to discuss her findings and the implications for U.S. policy in East Asia. READ MORE...