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Trump’s support is from a loud, obnoxious and generally unthinking minority of about one-third of those claiming to be Republicans.The other two-thirds don’t like Trump, don’t want Trump and generally, I suspect, detest Trump as an ignorant, lying, con-man. Why do the Trump fans support him when it is clear Trump would lose big in […]

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After Super Tuesday, it’s clear the GOP and the conservative movement are faced with few options: an American Revolution option, a Goldwater option, a French Revolution option, a bar fight, and a miracle. All of them leave the GOP possibly staring into the wilderness after eight years removed from the White House. The first option is […]

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Well well. National Review has created quite a tempest in the teapot with its “Against Trump” issue. Personally I say huzzah. But Mark Krikorian makes an interesting point at the Corner – if Trump wins do we vote for him? He states “But such a decision [to vote Democrat or to abstain entirely in November] means you think […]

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Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton demonstrated her position on the power of the Federal government in a republican democracy during a campaign stop in Waterloo, IA, the other day. The New York Times cited her as saying about Democratic Party presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders (D, VT): Sanders wanted to scrap it [Obamacare] […]

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A Glorious Anniversary: 20 Happy Years of Freedom on the Roads

 

On November 29, 1995, President Clinton grudgingly signed a highway bill repealing the much-hated National Maximum Speed Limit. In 1973, President Nixon signed the NMSL into law in an effort to force people to save gas. This law allowed the federal government to withhold federal highway money from states that didn’t drop their speed limit to 55 mph. Real-world fuel savings were negligible. Safety activists proclaimed that it saved a lot of lives, and would bring out charts showing that the highway fatality rate had dropped since the law was enacted. The starting point for said charts was when the law was enacted, and sure enough, the fatality rate decreased in the years after. Had they shown a chart going back decades, you would have seen that the fatality rate had been declining since the late 1940s.

There was a lot of opposition to the law’s repeal. Auto insurance companies certainly had an interest in seeing as many speeding tickets issued as possible. To listen to professional headache Ralph Nader, one would think the ditches would be running red with blood if the daredevils who populate the various state legislatures were allowed to set the speed limits for their own states’ roads. Since 1995, a whole lot of states have enacted highway speed limits as high as 75 and 80 mph. God Bless Texas, they have a toll road that’s 85 mph. What about those highway fatality rates? Still dropping. As a matter of fact, when states first started raising their speed limits, the highway fatality rates dropped in virtually all states; the states that raised their speed limits saw the HFR drop more quickly than the states that didn’t.

A Very Good Week for the GOP

 

FullSizeRender (2)This was a very good week for conservatives who are Republicans. If you are an anti-establishment Republican who borrows the “Republican” brand (what some have called “Neo-RINOs”), but either resist getting involved in party politics, choose to use the Republican mantle to vent at the “GOP establishment” when you run out of things to say about Democrats, or refuse to accept majority rule in party politics, then you had a good week too. In fact, you have had a great seven years (See chart). But who’s keeping score? If you are a libertarian, well it was just another week.This followed a rough week with Hillary claiming victory over Benghazi and dancing over the non-candidate, Sanders.

This week provided a clue about a key avenue of attack in 2016. Kentucky’s next governor, Matt Bevin, is a Republican who tied his opponent to Obama, and to his healthcare, environment, energy, and other policies. He upset the forecasters to win handily. Lesson for 2016: Tie Democrats to Obama and Hillary Clinton to Obama’s third term. And don’t forget Obamacare. Also, pray for the President to walk across a bridge of executive orders on his way out the door. He will anyway, and voters by and large resent imperialism.

Ohio handily rejected the marijuana amendment. This was generally a good thing, unless you are a pot-smoking libertarian or a non-pot smoking libertarian. Hillary Clinton has joined the President and some Republicans in calling for relaxing drug laws and sentencing. Most drug offenders are convicted of distributing serious amounts of bad drugs, so lessening sentences is another ruse, this one speaking to the black community, which has a disproportionate share of drug offenders (mostly traffickers) in prisons. The use of medical marijuana deserves further clarification in Ohio, but this aspect is often used as a disguise for gaining open use. There is a strong argument to be made for drug laws, including, “Why do we need another intoxicant?”, from a public safety point of view, not to mention the imposition drug use places on the individual freedoms of those not using.

Contemplating GOP Juggernaut, Matty Yglesias Despairs

 

clinton-biden-sandersMatthew Yglesias at Vox is way more optimistic about our prospects than we ever allow ourselves to be here at Ricochet. Or rather, he’s freaking out about how good our prospects are, which makes me wonder why we’re quite so down:

The Democratic Party is in much greater peril than its leaders or supporters recognize, and it has no plan to save itself.

Yes, Barack Obama is taking a victory lap in his seventh year in office. Yes, Republicans can’t find a credible candidate to so much as run for speaker of the House. Yes, the GOP presidential field is led by a megalomaniacal reality TV star. All this is true — but rather than lay the foundation for enduring Democratic success, all it’s done is breed a wrongheaded atmosphere of complacence.

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Yesterday on Meet the Press, Hillary Clinton revealed that when it came time to sort all of her personal emails (“Dear Chelsea, can’t talk now because your father is humping the help again”) from her vitally important, top secret, “lives hanging in the balance” Secretary of State emails (“Dear Ambassador Stevens, I can’t talk to […]

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The Twitterverse, the media, and Hillary Clinton are up in arms about a new pharmaceutical start-up that bought the rights to Daraprim, a drug that helps offset the ravages of AIDS. Turing's CEO explains why the company raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill http://t.co/eJrIk01Lej pic.twitter.com/wGBLATpzlv Preview Open

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How can an Independent run in a primary unless he is actually a member of that party?  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck . . . Or is this Hillary’s strategy?  Let the Bernie momentum build up, and when he gets too close, KABOOM!  Hillary calls the DNC, and makes them kick […]

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If you were wondering why Brett Baier and Megan Kelly did all they could to kneecap Trump last night, maybe this news will help to explain it. “According to Federal Election Commission and Center for Responsive Politics data, 21st Century Fox News Corp. has donated more than $3 million to Clinton family accounts. Overall, this […]

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As a libertarian, I believe the proper role of government is to deliver the mail, defend the shores and get out of the way. But if the last decade has made anything obvious it’s that even that, apparently, is asking too much. And if government really is the last one in the room to get the joke, the […]

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