Category: Jonah Goldberg

Shaking Down the Rich Is Bad for Democracy

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding in Clear Lake, Iowa, August 9, 2019. (Gage Skidmore)The more citizens believe that a small group of undeserving wealthy people are denying them nice things, the uglier our politics will become.

Forget whether the math works. (It doesn’t.) Expecting billionaires to pay for all the nice things is bad for democracy.

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Warren and Trump Have More in Common Than You Think

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, November 1, 2019. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)Warren’s catchphrase, “I’ve got a plan for that,” has as much cultural resonance with her base as Trump’s “Make America Great Again” does with his.

Culturally, Elizabeth Warren is a lot more like Donald Trump than you might think.

Hold on.

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Cancel the Primaries

From left: Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg onstage before the Democratic presidential candidates debate in Westerville, Ohio, October 15, 2019. (Aaron Josefczyk/Reuters)Primaries are a lot like Christmas: The shopping season begins way before, and things rarely live up to expectations.

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Trump’s Best Option for Avoiding Impeachment: An Apology

(Joshua Roberts/Reuters)The longer the president defends a lie, the more Americans will resent being lied to.

In l’affaire Ukraine, the president is guilty as charged. And the best strategy for him to avoid impeachment by the House and perhaps even removal by the Senate is to admit it, apologize, and let voters make their own judgment. It’s also the best way to fend off a disaster for Senate Republicans.

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The Crazy CrowdStrike Conspiracy Theory

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with President Donald Trump during the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 25, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)The suggestion that ‘the server’ is being hidden in some Ukrainian warehouse is straight-up bonkers.

The impeachment drama is already a three-ring circus, with a full complement of clowns to the left and the right.

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GOP Pressure on Trump Was Long Overdue

President Donald Trump listens during a Cabinet meeting in Washington, D.C., January 2, 2019. (Jim Young/Reuters)If the GOP had worked harder at constraining Trump from the beginning, they might not be looking at the implosion of their party.

Upon hearing the news that President Trump bowed to pressure from congressional Republicans and reversed his decision to hold next year’s G-7 summit at the Trump National Doral Miami, my immediate response was, “Ah, what might have been.

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To Trump, Alliances Are Strictly Business

President Donald Trump participates in a formal signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., October 7, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Integrity’s got nothing to do with it.

‘Integrity lowers the price of capital.”

An extremely successful investor once told me that. The context at the time was Donald Trump’s impending takeover of the GOP. This person meant it as an investment rule, an insight into Trump, and a life lesson.

The investment-rule part is easy. Say you run a bank.

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In Syria Withdrawal, Trump Wings It — as Usual

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters)The president continues to make up his foreign policy as he goes along.

In one sense, the Syria debacle is a singular moment in the Trump presidency, and arguably in American history. I can’t think of another momentous decision by a commander-in-chief that was instantly recognizable as a disaster for which the president was entirely to blame.

Even if you think the Iraq War was a catastrophic blunder, it wasn’t immediately and universally recognizable as such.

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The NBA’s Cowardly Response to China

Staff members clean the court floor before an NBA exhibition game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, October 10, 2019. (Stringer/Reuters)The league says it won’t compromise on its values, even as it makes clear that it has none.

The NBA says it won’t compromise on its values, even as the league makes it clear it has none.

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Trump’s Defenders Have Adopted a Doctrine of Infallibility

President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives at Ocala International Airport in Ocala, Fla., October 3, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Just this week, the same people who insisted that Trump would never collude with a foreign nation for his political interest are now defending collusion with a foreign nation for his political interest.

There’s a reason people think President Trump has a cult of personality, but it may not be the reason you think.

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How Trump’s Effort to Damage Biden Could Backfire Badly

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, September 9, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters)The president may have just given his Democratic rival a political lifeline at a critical moment in the 2020 campaign.

Is President Trump going to get Joe Biden elected?

Opinions vary widely on how to characterize Trump’s now-infamous conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The president believes it was “perfect” and “beautiful.

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