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Friendship, &c.

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 23:00

President Obama has described the U.S. as Israel’s “greatest friend.” True. But can we say there isn’t very much competition?

I hadn’t heard the phrase since the Clinton years, I believe. Clinton said, on at least one occasion, “I believe in a God of second chances.” And here comes South Carolina’s Mark Sanford: “I believe in a God of second chances.”

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The RNC’s Immigration Advice

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 23:00

Rarely does a political party issue a document so scathingly critical of itself and its most recent presidential nominee as the report of the five-member Growth and Opportunity Project of the Republican National Committee.

It refers to Mitt Romney on occasion as “our presidential nominee” and notes disapprovingly his reference in the debate about immigration to “self-deportation.”

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Arizona in Court

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 15:00

On Monday, March 18, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. The case epitomizes both the radicalism of the Obama Justice Department and the extremes of the doctrine of federal preemption, under which judges find supposed conflicts between federal and state law, thereby invalidating the latter, often by stretching the intent of federal lawmakers. Further, the case is a challenge to a law that most people regard as a matter of common sense.

Arizona is one of four states that have had the temerity to ask newly registering voters to prove that they are U.S. citizens (the others are Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama). All four adopted their laws in response to a massive and growing problem — the presence of huge numbers of aliens on states’ voter rolls across the country. In some states, such as Colorado and Florida, the relevant officials have recently estimated the number of enfranchised aliens in the thousands. The problem is especially troublesome because, once an alien gets on the voter rolls, it is extremely difficult to identify him as an alien and take him off. The aliens that have been discovered and removed have typically been identified by comparing a state’s voter rolls with its driver’s license database, because most driver’s license databases now identify which drivers are aliens. However, that only allows a state to identify a subset of aliens residing in the state — the ones who decide to apply for a driver’s license. The rest are nearly impossible to detect.

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The RNC Shows Up

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 03:00

On Monday, the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project released its 100-page investigative report on the party’s recent electoral failures. The report bluntly highlights the GOP’s well-documented failure to persuade minority voters, the Democrats’ overwhelming advantage in data-driven voter targeting, the Republicans’ suboptimal presidential nominating process, and many other issues. The report is refreshingly frank about the party’s problems, and it contains hundreds of concrete and constructive recommendations for reform. So why is that so many conservatives — including the editors of National Review — are so displeased?

As the authors of the report note, the Republican party is performing catastrophically with ethnic and racial minorities. “In both 2008 and 2012, President Obama won a combined 80 percent of the votes of all minority voters, including not only African Americans but also Hispanics, Asians, and others.” Today, these voters represent 37 percent of the population; by 2050, if present trends continue, they will represent a majority.

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Unions vs. Self-Employed Day-Care Providers

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 03:00

As union membership has fallen, union organizers have become increasingly aggressive. They have now turned to organizing recipients of government benefits — an unwelcome shock for many needy families.

In Michigan, for example, Medicaid reimburses people who care for their disabled relatives at home. This helps parents look after their disabled children while saving taxpayers from paying for more costly care at state-run facilities. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) decided to organize these at-home health-care providers.

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Why the Size of Government Matters

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 03:00

When one moves beyond all the budget numbers floating around Washington these days, much of the debate over future policy boils down to a question of the size of government. The Left often dismisses this issue as symbolism or rhetoric, but it is much more than that.

The question of big government vs. limited government is not an abstraction. How we answer that question has real consequences for real people. For example:

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Crumbling Infrastructure?

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 03:00

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently said that “America is one big pothole.” President Obama, members of Congress, and pundits often claim that our infrastructure is “crumbling.” The Senate Budget Committee’s new spending plan, for example, uses that word no fewer than ten times in calling for a $100 billion infrastructure package. And in a report released yesterday, the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the nation a grade of D+ on its infrastructure.

But is America’s infrastructure really crumbling? For highways and bridges, the government’s own data show that the answer is generally no.

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The Budget Battle Favors the GOP

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 03:00

For a Republican party still reeling from November’s defeat and hoping to regain some confidence, the upcoming midterm cycle looks especially promising, and many are optimistic that the ongoing budget debate has the potential to drive electoral gains in 2014.

This week, the Republican House and Democratic Senate are expected to pass competing budget proposals. Both sides will claim to have endorsed “balanced” plans — Republicans because their budget reaches balance in ten years, Democrats because theirs raises taxes by $1 trillion.

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Four Things the RNC Report Got Right

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 03:00

The response on the right to the Republican National Committee’s 2012 after-action report has mostly ranged from “meh” to “argh,” with our own editors falling somewhere in between. And while I had problems with large swaths of the 100-page “Growth and Opportunity Project,” it did get a few important things right. I do mean a few — I usually have five in these columns, but I could only think of four.

Stop Preaching to the Choir
In an overture that sets the tone for the rest of the document, the co-chairs of the report call out Republicans for being the weird guy on the bus mumbling to nobody in particular: “The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself. We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue.” They also call for a touchier, feelier GOP: “Instead of driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac, we need a Party whose brand of conservatism invites and inspires new people to visit us. We need to remain America’s conservative alternative to big-government, redistribution-to-extremes liberalism, while building a route into our Party that a non-traditional Republican will want to travel. Our standard should not be universal purity; it should be a more welcoming conservatism.”

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Life with Pope Francis

National Review Online - Wed, 03/20/2013 - 03:00

Vatican City — All signs in Rome point toward a more evangelical future for the Church under the new pontiff. National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez caught up with the author of the recent book Evangelical Catholicism, George Weigel, who has been in Rome since almost immediately after Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation in February. He discusses what we’ve seen and what we might expect from the new Pope Francis.


KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: What do you think the cardinals were thinking when they chose Cardinal Bergoglio to be pope?

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Fusion Power on the Right

National Review Online - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 23:00

‘At CPAC, the Future Looks Libertarian,” read a dispatch on Time magazine’s website. “CPAC: Rand Paul’s Big Moment,” proclaimed The Week magazine. Meanwhile, the New York Times headlined its story about the annual conservative political-action conference “GOP divisions fester at conservative retreat.”

George Will, a man who actually knows a thing or two about conservatism, responded to the NYT’s use of the word “fester” on ABC News’s This Week. “Festering: an infected wound, it’s awful. I guarantee you, if there were a liberal conclave comparable to this, and there were vigorous debates going on there, the New York Times’ headline would be ‘Healthy diversity flourishes at the liberal conclave.’”

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Of color and candidates, &c.

National Review Online - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 23:00

I was in a lobby on Monday, and they had CNN on. I heard an anchorwoman ask a correspondent, “Will the Republicans now have black candidates, or will they just pay lip service to diversity?” I am paraphrasing, but that is essentially what she said.

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know what I thought — for the anchorwoman had touched a nerve of mine: Republicans nominate black candidates; white Democrats beat them (fair and square); and the world is able to say, “Ha ha, you have no black officeholders.”

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A Chicago Fat Cat for Commerce Secretary?

National Review Online - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 23:00

Will President Obama really nominate billionaire Chicago gal pal Penny Pritzker to head his Commerce Department? “It’s a done deal,” according to a White House source close to the Chicago Tribune. As further confirmation, Pritzker resigned abruptly from the Windy City’s school board late last week. The crony fix seems to be in.

Taxpayers, beware. Pritzker is a deep-pocketed doyenne with a family history of dodging taxes — or siphoning them away from the public for her own family’s gargantuan private gain. If you want to see how she’ll oversee a $10 billion government agency, look at her own wealth-redistribution record.

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A Real Term Limit

National Review Online - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 23:00

The main thing wrong with the term-limits movement is the “s” at the end of the word “limit.”

What are advocates of term limits trying to accomplish? If they are trying to keep government from being run by career politicians, whose top priority is getting themselves reelected, then term limits on given jobs fail to do that.

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Nuts to Nutter

National Review Online - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 14:30

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter looked kinda sorta okay there for a while. As Rich Lowry noted, he was refreshingly candid on the subject of the city’s riots, and of course it is easy to look relatively good in the wake of a guy like John Street. But then he was faced with an act of journalism, and he went bonkers.

Philadelphia magazine is not exactly The Economist; it is best known for things like publishing rankings of the city’s top dentists. But it recently published a nice piece of reporting by Robert Huber on the subject of “Being White in Philly.” If you know Philadelphia, you will find the picture the piece paints amusing, if unsurprising: White liberals go about studiously not noticing the relationship between race and crime in the city while working to ensure that their children do not end up in majority-black schools; old-timers remark on not having been north of Girard Avenue since 1942; foreigners, who are not equipped with the guilt-powered standard-issue American conversational filter on the subject of race say things that will make you intensely uncomfortable; and whites living on or near the borders between white Philadelphia and black Philadelphia negotiate life carefully. It is pretty standard mildly controversial commentary, and Mr. Huber concludes that our inability to speak openly and honestly about race means that whites are “dishonest by default.”

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The Romeikes’ Fight for Individual Liberty

National Review Online - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 03:00

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike fled to the United States in 2008, claiming the German government had denied their religious freedom by forbidding them from homeschooling their children. Now, the Obama administration is trying to send them back, even though the Romeikes might lose their children if they’re deported to Germany.

The outcome of this case could have repercussions that extend beyond the Romeike family, redefining the American interpretation of human-rights law and affecting American homeschoolers.

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Growing Up on Missile Defense

National Review Online - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 03:00

The Obama administration has been mugged by reality (again) — last week it announced that it would reverse its 2011 decision to close Missile Field 1 in Alaska, and would instead complete the project with 44 ballistic-missile interceptors, as originally planned by the Bush administration. Newly minted defense secretary Chuck Hagel explained that growing threats from North Korea and Iran mandate the reopening of the missile-defense site and the deployment of the full amount of interceptors.

That should be good news, and in one sense, it is. But let’s look at the downsides. First, it reveals the administration’s original missile-defense plans as the hasty mistakes they were. After all, in 2011, no one doubted North Korea was getting closer to a reliable long-range-missile capability it recently demonstrated, and it had already conducted two nuclear tests. As for Iran’s threat, the charade of negotiations has been going on for years, punctuated only by revelations about how many more nuclear centrifuges the country is spinning. Worse, intelligence agencies have long known of the North Korean–Iranian tie, whereby Pyongyang is trying to sell missile technology to Tehran. To put it charitably, the Obama administration’s risk assessment was seriously wanting. Further, the threats forcing last week’s about-face certainly lay to rest any remaining pretensions that Barack Obama could somehow solve proliferation problems that were too tough for George Bush.

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Who Will Bell America?

National Review Online - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 03:00

Remember the medieval fable about the mice that wanted their dangerous enemy, the cat, belled, but each preferred not to be the one to attempt the dangerous deed? Likewise, the world’s bad actors have long wanted America belled, but, like the mice, so far they have not been stupid or daring enough to test America’s teeth and claws — that is, until now.

In 2008 Barack Obama campaigned on the general principle that the entire Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism protocols were either superfluous or illegal. That opportunistic posturing resonated with a world audience eager for confessions of American wrongdoing. It probably helped to undermine U.S. influence abroad.

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CSI: GOP

National Review Online - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 03:00

The Republican National Committee’s “Growth and Opportunity Project,” the widely commented-upon 100-page autopsy of GOP defeat released on Monday, is quite the technical feat, as the report itself is wont to boast: “52,000 contacts made,” “800+ conference calls,” “50+ focus groups,” “3,000+ group listening sessions” with project co-chairs, extensive polls of women and Hispanics, and so on. But for all the analytic exertion, has the document lighted on the source of the GOP’s recent electoral woes, or plausibly plotted a course correction? Unfortunately, the answer on both counts is, not really.

The report opens with a précis of the agglomerated conventional wisdom of the last several months: The Republican party is out of touch; people think it “doesn’t care”; it preaches to the choir instead of appealing to potential converts; it needs to reach out to minorities, women, and young people. There is truth in each of these, which is how they got to be platitudes. But the action items recommended to address these issues are heavy on committee formation (e.g., a “Growth and Opportunity Inclusion Council” with representatives from the African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, Native American, and “other” communities) and tokenism (the report’s No. 1 recommendation for reaching out to minorities is to put minorities in charge of outreach). To implement this aspect of the document, RNC chairman Reince Priebus has promised to establish dialogues with groups such as LULAC, La Raza, and the NAACP, which strikes us as unhelpful and willfully blind to the fact that such groups are ideologically opposed to Republican principles. A truly conservative minority-outreach strategy would severely weaken these groups by challenging their claims to represent their respective ethnicities.

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