Commentary

Lanhee Chen: President Obama’s Revisionist History


President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail last week, with a strident and wide-ranging rebuke of President Trump and Republicans. He was asking voters to remember “the good old days”—when he was in charge.  

But let’s not forget the fruits of his labor: Here at home, he oversaw anemic economic growth, fought for a costly health care law that has increased insurance premiums and imposed stifling regulations. Abroad, he pursued a foolish nuclear deal with Iran, failed to articulate a comprehensive strategy for eradicating radical Islamic terrorism, and did not deal decisively with Syria—a failing that has resulted in human suffering, to this day. 

During campaign season, it’s natural for politicians to exaggerate a little in making their case.  But we shouldn’t let President Obama get away with complete rewrite of his own history in office.

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Albert Mohler: Understanding the Rise in Claims of Transgender Identity


Could the transgender revolution really be fueled by a social dimension?—a social contagion?

That’s what a current—and now very controversial—peer-reviewed study has found. The headline from the Economist in London was this, “Why are so many teenage girls appearing in gender clinics?”

The author of the academic study discovered that there is a clear social dimension, a contagion of what’s called gender dysphoria, particularly among adolescent girls and young women.

So: What does it mean?

It means the recent spike in transgender identity may be attributable in large measure to the influence of other young women in the same place at the same time within a definable set of relationships or going to similar places on the internet.

You may have sensed this already by observation and intuition.

Now: The academic research supports it.

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Jim Daly: Burger Bullying from California Democrats


You know growing up in a dysfunctional southern California home in the ’60s and ’70s, I didn’t enjoy much stability, but there was something I could always count on: an In-N-Out Burger right there in West Covina, home of the chain’s original hamburger University. Support for this iconic burger chain is legendary, with some even calling it cultish.

But California Democrat Eric Bauman called for a boycott of the popular restaurant because the chain had reportedly donated to Republicans. Oh, guess what! They also donated to Democrats, but that didn’t matter.

Why do people who support anti-bullying spend a lot of their time bullying us?  I don’t know, but Bauman has now claimed the boycott is off—but that’s only because fans at In-N-Out Burger have teed off on him.

Hey, let’s do it this way: Let’s stop bullying each other.

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Lanhee Chen: Another Bad Idea Coming Out of California


The liberal politicians in California are at it again. Their latest idea?  Legislation that would create “safe injection” sites in San Francisco, where addicts can be supervised while they abuse illicit substances like heroin.

The theory behind their idea is that such sites will help people to use drugs safely and in a controlled manner. But they discount the possibility all these sites will do is encourage addiction, legitimize the use of substances that destroy lives and increase crime rates in the neighborhoods where these so-called “safe injection” sites are situated.

California lawmakers also ignore the fact that supervised injection sites violate the federal Controlled Substances Act. And: law enforcement officials in California are mostly united in their opposition to the idea.

Governor Jerry Brown should veto this dangerous legislation. To do otherwise is to send the message that abusing illicit drugs is OK.

 

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Jerry Bowyer: Maybe the Tax Cuts Really Are Working


Recently, the government announced that last quarter, the U.S. economy grew at 4.2 percent. That’s more than 2 ½ times the average growth rate during the past ten years. Predictably, critics of the President and his tax policies claim tax cuts had nothing to do with it. For them It’s just a coincidence that after a decade of stagnation the economy just happened to perk up right after the tax cut.

Business profits have also spiked since the tax cuts. And take-home pay is up more than 5 percent in the last year. More coincidences?

Or: Perhaps the tax cuts are actually working as intended, removing the punishing rates of taxation on profits, increasing output, creating more jobs and higher pay rates for those jobs.

It worked under Kennedy, Reagan and G.W. Bush.

Now it’s working for Trump and for America.

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Michael Medved: A Victory for Respectful Persuasion


An unexpectedly encouraging development in California should remind us that conversation can work better than confrontation in politics. The author of Assembly Bill 2943 agreed to pull it from the legislature’s agenda—dropping a new law that would have imposed severe penalties on mental health professionals who agreed to help patients wanting to overcome homosexual inclinations.

Evan Low, a gay, Silicon Valley Democrat, had majority support in the legislature but he changed his plan because he felt “heartened by conversations…. with pastors, professional counselors and former homosexuals who lead ministries to others.”

This is a demonstration of the power of respectful persuasion and both sides deserve praise.

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Lanhee Chen: Hysterical Opposition to Kavanaugh


Some Democrats are hysterical over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, but they couldn’t have picked a more reasonable and thoughtful jurist to get worked up about.  Even a liberal law professor at Yale recently opined in the New York Times that Judge Kavanaugh is a “superb” nominee and his legal chops are rivaled only by some of our country’s most notable jurists.  

Indeed, those who support the rule of law have much to look forward to in a Justice Kavanaugh. He shows a reverence for the Constitution and a healthy skepticism of unbridled powers for the federal bureaucracy.  

Which brings us back to politics: Democrats have pledged to oppose him simply because he was nominated by a Republican. Let’s hope they reconsider—and give this good man the support he deserves.

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