Category: Power Line Blog

Podcast: The 3WHH, Go Brandon Edition

(Steven Hayward) This week’s episode, recorded with a live audience on Zoom, was off the hook a little more than usual, as Lucretia was in a grumpy mood (despite my futile attempt at appeasement by changing up my whisky selection), and audience questions and comments came flying in fast and furious. Yet somehow we managed to cover a lot of territory, from an after-action report on this year’s Indigenous Peoples Day Columbus Day holiday,

They said you was high classed problems…

(Scott Johnson) Well, that was just a lie. According to Biden chief of staff Ron Klain endorsing the deep thought of former Obama administration CEA chairman Jason Furman, inflation, supply chain fiascos, and all the rest are the kind of problems we should be grateful to have, or to be able complain about, or something. They are “high class problems” so long as we are south of 10 percent unemployment. This 👇👇

Carter blues again

(Scott Johnson) We did not reach the full flowering of the catastrophic Carter era until the final year of Jimmy Carter’s single term as president. Carter achieved failure on a grand scale in both domestic and foreign policy, culminating in the Iran hostage crisis and related fiascos. This is of course ancient and unknown history to most Americans today. Joe Biden has given us that “Memphis Blues Again” feeling in the first

The Week in Pictures: Shatner > Brandon Edition

(Steven Hayward) Brandon is still trending yuuuge, but this week definitely belongs to Shatner. Brandon will be around for a while, but really, how often do we get to indulge a full on Kirkasm? Meanwhile, Biden and Harris continue to be the ghost ship White House. How’s that reconciliation package coming? Maybe Southwest Airlines can help them land it. Oh, wait. Headlines of the week: And finally. . .

How Serious Are Democrats About Packing the Court?

(John Hinderaker) Expanding the Supreme Court so that Joe Biden can nominate two (or perhaps four) new leftists has been on the Democrats’ wish list since the 2020 election. But I don’t see how they can accomplish that objective, since it would require nullifying the filibuster, and it is hard to see either Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Sinema going along with that for such a radical purpose. Perhaps this is why Biden

70s Redux

(John Hinderaker) Europeans are looking forward to a cold, dark winter. Natural gas is scarce and expensive, and the “green” energy in which European countries have invested many billions of dollars can’t produce reliable electricity. So panic is starting to set in. The Telegraph reports from the U.K.: There is no question that Europe is gripped by an energy crisis as severe as any it has faced since the 1970s, and that

Papa Pete stays home during supply chain crisis

(Paul Mirengoff) In commenting on the supply chain crisis the other day, Joe Biden said: I want to thank my Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, which we set up in June, led by Secretaries Buttigieg, Raimondo, and Vilsack, and by my Director of National Economic Council, Brian Deese. I want to thank them for their leadership. . . . But yesterday, we learned that Buttigieg has been on paternity leave since mid-August.

Reminder: Live Podcast Taping Tonight

(Steven Hayward) So we’re all set for the live Zoom taping of this week’s Three Whisky Happy Hour podcast at 5:30 pm Pacific time. Use this Zoom link to join the happy hour. We’re still working up our agenda, but look forward to taking some of your questions and comments, and we’ve already got a couple of good ones sent in ahead of time. Meanwhile, here’s Lucretia at the range, getting in

Has Sinema outgrown the Democrats?

(Paul Mirengoff) How is the left’s campaign to harass Sen. Kyrsten Sinema until she agrees to in excess of $4 trillion in new spending working out? Not well, if this report is true: U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a key moderate, told fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives this week that she will not vote for a multitrillion-dollar package that is a top priority for President Joe Biden before Congress approves a

In search of billionaires (like you)

(Scott Johnson) Readers have undoubtedly heard something of the Biden administration/Treasury Department proposal to expand the scope of bank reporting requirements on customer accounts. The proposal has elicited reactions ranging from indignation to rebellion, but what is it exactly? The New York Times had a good story earlier this week, but the story is a little short on the substance of the proposal (“the administration wants banks to give the Internal Revenue