Democrats, Taxes and Freedom

William Murchison, Real Clear Politics

One of our two major parties can be understood as apathetic, if not hostile, to the idea of life lived outside government scrutiny. Pelosi's party has ceased to trust the same people whose votes the party craves and seeks. A fine irony! And not a pretty one if you have the mildest hopes for liberty as it was once regarded, a commitment larger than any political party -- to say nothing of a party leader with a tongue like a cat o' nine tails.

Understanding the Trump Show

Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal

For this viewer, the meaning of the Trump show began to change with last week’s tax bill. Donald Trump normalizes nothing new and outré in our politics after all. He is but an effective parody of the politicians we have, and have long had. We are also learning something about the relationship, in our age, between the political show and movement, however fitful, on the nation’s business.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Republicans shouldn’t allow elites to lead them to whitewash in 2018

Republicans should rightfully be buoyed by their successes in the past month. Heading into 2018, however, there remain tremendous challenges to unite conservatives, choose good candidates for the midterm elections and put more “legislative points on the board.” Can they hold it together?

Danger in 2018 for the Party of the Rich (Democrats)

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

What Schumer, Pelosi and their (also rich) media claque are relying on is nothing less than the failure of America. If the average American gets screwed, then they win. When that same average American starts to figure out the game they're playing on them, those average Americans (i. e. voters) are likely to be angry, very angry. The Party of the Rich should beware.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Who better to assess the American mood, Karl Rove or Donald Trump?

Everyone who voted for Trump knew what they were getting and his administration has thus far featured few unpleasant surprises. The White House may lack a true political operation but in many ways that’s a good thing. All signs point to Trump’s momentum being sustained.

Drawing a Line on Sexual Harassment

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Most cases aren't as clear-cut as an Al Franken prank photo. Evidence of harassment is often hard to produce, especially years or decades later. That's why cautious investigations and fine distinctions should be made before reputations and careers vanish within a news cycle.

Christmas Lessons from California

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Coastal California is hilly, difficult to build on, and prone to devastating earthquakes. It is semi-arid, without much of an aquifer. The life-giving watershed of the Sierra Nevada is more than 200 miles away. Remember that voting progressively in the abstract does not automatically translate into living progressively in the concrete.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: 'Real' President Trump delivers America a very Merry Christmas, indeed

There’s quite a lot to celebrate this Christmas season. Thankfully Trump isn’t just an “animatronic” figure in a Disney program – he’s a real life president with a popular agenda and the brainpower and determination to follow through on his promises to Make America Great Again.

Democrats may wish they'd supported Trump's tax cut

Michael Graham, CBS News

Perhaps President Trump is such an outlier that expecting the usual political negotiations is unrealistic. Perhaps his behavior has been so inflammatory, from attacking Gold Star families to his comments in the wake of Charlottesville, that our democratic process simply won't work. But next November, if the economy is growing, big employers are expanding and workers are feeling more weight in their wallets, Democrats may be wishing they had found a way to get past Trump and support a tax-reform compromise.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Only Democrats would claim cutting taxes for everyone is a dumb idea

No matter the name, tax cuts are helpful to “real” people out there. Democrats will continue to slam Republicans regardless of what they do; if this tax episode hasn’t taught the GOP they’re engaged in a political fight to the death I’m not sure what it would take to convince them.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Democrats’ impeachment drumbeat will come back to bite them

It seems clear the more Democrats talk about “me too” and impeachment of Donald Trump the more they’re boxing themselves into a corner that will be difficult to emerge from. American voters are sick to death of partisan games – isn’t it about time we started talking about policy again?

McCain Returns To Arizona Throwing Tax Bill Vote Into Doubt

The Capitol Hill Republican leadership has severely watered-down the pro-growth elements of the tax bill. However, no Democrats will vote AYE, so all of the sops to class warfare offered in the final bill may be for naught if Republicans don’t have the Senators on the floor to pass the bill.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Mitch McConnell will expose the best candidate in every primary

Conservatives cannot let Tuesday night’s defeat in Alabama deter them from identifying and supporting the best candidates in every GOP primary race. Ironically, Mitch McConnell will help in this endeavor – find out who he backs and think strongly about choosing one of his or her opponents.

Robert Mueller's Valentine Writers

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

It's apparently distasteful to report that among the 15 Mueller lawyers, nine are Democratic donors — several of whom contributed to Clinton's 2016 campaign. This information isn't disturbing to the "objective" media. Reporting it is. There's a reason these "news" magazines have crumbled: They are only trustworthy if what you want to read is a Democratic National Committee talking-points memo.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will landing men on the moon help Make America Great Again?

Thinking big used to be a universal requirement from leaders of government, something we’ve steadily gotten away from in recent times. President Trump believes we can regain the same spirit that drove Americans to land men on the moon in the 60’s – here’s speculating he’s right again.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Doug Jones is now a Senator and Democrats STILL have no agenda

Roy Moore’s loss in Alabama is just the beginning of something, be it a complete reevaluation of the political situation in Washington or perhaps even a purge of the ruling class. One thing is for sure, however – the establishment is squarely to blame for Republicans losing a senate seat.

No One Ever Drowned in Roy Moore's Car

Jack Cashill, American Thinker

Senators Patty Murray and Claire McCaskill do not believe that Moore lives up to their standards. Without benefit of due process, McCaskill declared him "not fit" to serve in the same Senate as Sir Galahad Ted Kennedy. Say what one will about Roy Moore, but unlike Kennedy, he did not make a career of debauchery, and no one ever drowned in his car.

Democrats’ chickens come home to roost

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

While political expediency may work magical wonders in Mrs. Pelosi, it’s not quite the same elixir for members of the Congressional Black Caucus. They belong to a party that gives them full cover for every racist conspiracy theory, no matter how far-fetched. In exchange, the CBC delivers the Democratic Party’s most important bloc of voters. But here was Nancy Pelosi turning on them. It wasn’t long before someone invoked racism.