Mar 9, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 25 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Speaking of global warming, The Scrapbook could have used a little more of it this winter. Meanwhile we’ve been bundling up against the cold and curling up next to the fireplace with our favorite new book, Jay Cost’s A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption. If you read Jay’s essay in these pages two weeks ago, “Stop the Rot,” you’ll know that he has homed in on a critical issue that transcends the headlines: the deep corruption that is undermining our political system. As Jay writes in the book, “The institutions the Framers created were competent to handle responsibly the -powers they assigned them; Americans since then have added extra -powers under the false assumption that the same institutions could handle the extra load responsibly. But they -cannot, and so the government now -behaves irresponsibly. This produces corruption.”
The book not only tackles an issue of the utmost importance, it’s also a great read. As The Scrapbook’s boss put it in his weekly Kristol Clear newsletter:
One of the blurbs on the book jacket seems to me to put it well: “In explaining ‘corruption as a permanent, institutionalized feature of our government,’ Jay Cost has made a major contribution to American history and political science. His narrative is detailed and lively, accessible to citizens and scholars alike. And he makes a case for reform while suggesting its limits. A real tour de force.” Hey, I wrote that blurb! But it’s true.
Make haste to your favorite bookseller! (And while you’re at it, if you haven’t already done so, sign up for Kristol Clear by clicking here.)
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:20 PM, Feb 3, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on whether the GOP will take the Obamacare fight to insurance companies
And secret friend of the one percent.Feb 2, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 20 • By JAY COST
In last week’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama came across as the ultimate class warrior. His domestic agenda consists of more spending on roads and infrastructure, new entitlement programs for community college and preschool, and tax preferences targeted to low- and middle-income earners. All of this he would pay for with new inheritance taxes on the wealthy, a hike in the capital gains tax, and a special levy on the biggest financial institutions.
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:15 PM, Dec 3, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on why the fight over President Obama's immigration executive action is really a fight over separation of powers.
Censure-plus.Dec 1, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 12 • By JAY COST
For responding to a president who defies his constitutional limits, Congress is said to possess four powers: to impeach, to defund, to investigate, and to withhold confirmation of nominees.
But there is a fifth recourse, which the new Republican Congress might consider in view of President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants: the power to censure. In fact, censure could work in tandem with Congress’s other powers, helping the legislature make the moral case for responding to the president’s lawlessness.
Is there a formula for Republican success with Latino voters? Nov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09 • By JAY COST
Since Barack Obama’s reelection in 2012, immigration reform has been at the top of the national agenda. Of course, very little has come of it—apart from some legally dubious executive actions, as well as a lot of blather from pundits, left and right, who seem to have no understanding of the Hispanic community. All we ever get are variations on the same theme: Unless they accept a terrible immigration bill, loaded up with payoffs to special interests, conservatives will be doomed to a permanent minority status.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:35 PM, Oct 27, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the state of play, eight days out from the midterm elections.
What to watch for election night.Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By JAY COST
With about a week to go until the midterm election, Republicans stand to make gains in the House and generally hold the line in governorships. The battle for the Senate has been the locus of attention for most people engaged in the campaign.
Sep 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 03 • By JAY COST
Pundits throw out all sorts of numbers to explain the Republican defeat in the 2012 presidential election. So here’s our number: $65,000. That is a rough estimate of the household income of the average 2012 voter. Republicans lost because Mitt Romney did not do well enough with this voter or those near him on the income scale.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:00 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the President's ISIS speech, and whether his foreign policy will help Democrats running for re-election in 2014.
Obama’s ‘vision thing.’ Sep 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48 • By JAY COST
Toward the end of Ronald Reagan’s second term, a friend of Vice President Bush encouraged him to think carefully about what a Bush presidency should look like. According to Time, Bush responded, “Oh, the vision thing.” Fairly or unfairly, this phrase came to characterize the Bush 41 tenure. Despite his impressive résumé spanning three decades in government, he seemed not to have a clear view of what he wanted to do.
Don’t laugh—it’s better than you think.Aug 18, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46 • By JAY COST
The rollout of Hillary Clinton’s new memoirs, Hard Choices, was not a resounding success for the former secretary of state. She stuck her foot in her mouth regarding her family’s vast fortune. She had trouble answering questions about her evolution on gay marriage. Critics, on the whole, found the book tired and shopworn.
Hillary’s Democratic challengers are likely to fall short. Jun 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36 • By JAY COST
Hillary Clinton is back in the news, facing questions about her health and lingering doubts about what exactly happened in the aftermath of the Benghazi terror attack. Meanwhile, some Democrats—Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont most notable among them—have been making noises about challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination. In light of the fact that Clinton was the overwhelming frontrunner at this point in the 2008 cycle, such events cannot be overlooked. It’s a fair question to ask: Is Clinton really as strong as she appears for the 2016 Democratic nod?
Five phony success stories.May 19, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 34 • By JAY COST
With enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges now closed, Democrats and their friends in the media are ebullient. Obamacare is an enormous success, they say, and conservatives have been humiliated. On closer inspection, however, things seem decidedly less bullish for President Obama’s signature achievement.
Among the many exaggerations and inaccuracies the law’s defenders are touting, five stand out.