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Trump’s Midterm Known Unknowns

by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review   ‘Shy’ Trump voters, a booming economy, consumer confidence, looming investigations, anti-Trump frenzy — all add up to uncertainty in the 2018 elections.   Conventional wisdom and media hopes are now combining to warn us of what is shaping up as a Trump wipeout in the 2018 midterms.   …

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President Nobama

by Victor Davis Hanson//National Review   Trump is commonsensically undoing, piece by piece, the main components of Obama’s legacy.   Donald Trump continues to baffle. Never Trump Republicans still struggle to square the circle of quietly agreeing so far with most of his policies, as they loudly insist that his record is already nullified by …

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Silicon Valley Billionaires Are the New Robber Barons

by Victor Davis Hanson National Review Progressives forget their history of breaking up mega-corporations as they lionize tech giants such as Apple, Google, and Facebook. Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers. During the 2012 …

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Is California Cracking Up?

by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review   With poor education, a budget deficit, and crumbling infrastructure, Californians shouldn’t be focused on idealistic social programs.   Corporate profits at California-based transnational corporations such as Apple, Facebook, and Google are hitting record highs.   California housing prices from La Jolla to Berkeley along the Pacific Coast can …

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Can Trump Successfully Remodel the GOP?

 by Victor Davis Hanson// National Review If Trumpism succeeds, it could replace mainstream Republicanism. The Republican-party establishment is caught in an existential paradox. Without Donald Trump’s populist and nationalist 2016 campaign, the GOP probably would not have won the presidency. Nor would Republicans now enjoy such lopsided control of state legislatures and governorships, as well …

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Law Takes a Holiday

And anarchy follows. by Victor Davis Hanson//National Review In the 1934 romantic movie Death Takes a Holiday, Death assumes human form for three days, and the world turns chaotic. The same thing happens when the law goes on a vacation. Rules are unenforced or politicized. Citizens quickly lose faith in the legal system. Anarchy follows …

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Prosperity Is Destiny

 By Victor Davis Hanson// National Review If the economy grows during Trump’s administration, his opposition will dwindle. “Ten thousand cuts an awful lot of family ties.” — Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch When Ronald Reagan entered office in 1981 amid negative economic growth, roaring inflation, and high unemployment, his critics immediately grew emboldened and …

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America’s Civilizational Paralysis

by Victor Davis Hanson // Defining Idea   Image credit:Barbara Kelley The Greek city-states in the fourth-century BC, fifth-century AD Rome, and the Western European democracies after World War I all knew they could not continue as usual with their fiscal, social, political, and economic behavior. But all these states and societies feared far more …

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America’s Politicized Tax Enforcement Is a Harbinger of Decline

by Victor Davis Hanson // National Review Online Why did Rome and Byzantium fall apart after centuries of success? What causes civilizations to collapse, from a dysfunctional fourth-century-B.C. Athens to contemporary bankrupt Greece? The answer is usually not enemies at the gates, but the pathologies inside them. What ruins societies is well known: too much …

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Pick Your Scandal

Violating Americans’ privacy while failing to identify the terrorists among us. by Victor Davis Hanson National Review Online All can agree that the Obama administration is mired in myriads of scandals, but as yet no one can quite figure out what they all mean and where they will lead. Share This

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