Brandon Crocker

Brandon Crocker is a frequent contributor to The American Spectator online living in San Diego.

Populist Wasteland

 

I have to admit that I like Jerry Brown. No, I don’t like the California governor’s destructive liberal policies. What I like is his honesty. Recently, Governor Brown signed a ridiculous bill that will raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour (that’s $30,000 a year for a full-time worker). But unlike President Obama and […]

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What Happened to the ‘Politically Incorrect’ Donald Trump?

 

Way back in June, in the speech officially announcing his entrance into the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump came out strongly against illegal immigration using language that shocked many. “When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are not sending you. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and […]

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Advice for Anti-Trump Super PACs

 

A lot of money has been spent by anti-Trump super PACs with little to show for it. Trump has been nearly impervious to negative advertising because (as I am continually reminded by some of my Trump-supporting friends) his core supporters simply don’t care about Trump University, how Trump manages his resorts, or where his ties […]

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Can Trump Work an Economic Miracle?

 

Donald Trump has promised a lot. His critics have, correctly in many instances, pointed out that he has been vague on how he will make America Great Again. But we can take a look at his general economic agenda and make a judgment on whether it can deliver the robust economic growth that he advertises. […]

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Big Sister in the Workplace

 

Aeschylus wrote “In war, truth is the first casualty.” The 2,500 years following that observation demonstrates that we can also say that truth is the first casualty in politics. So it should come as no surprise that the Democratic Party’s attempt to portray a Republican “war on women” is fraught with disinformation. I live in […]

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His Imperial Presidency

 

Thomas Friedman is worried about American democracy. He writes that by not giving President Obama everything we wants in a funding resolution, the House of Representatives is showing “contempt for the democratic process” and is thumbing its nose at our hollowed tradition of “majority rule.” Like much of what he writes, Thomas Friedman’s logic here […]

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Racial Misdirection

 

In 2009, Roderick Scott, a black man, was put on trial for killing a 17-year-old, unarmed white teenager named Christopher Cervini. Scott found Cervini and two other youths breaking into a car. Scott pulled out a gun and told the group to wait for the police. When Cervini charged, Scott shot and killed him. Scott’s […]

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Will the Sequester Reduce Economic Growth?

 

Just about every article I’ve read on the sequester says that the $85 billion in mandated cuts from discretionary spending in the federal government’s fiscal year 2013 budget will decrease GDP by about 0.6%. But is this true? As is the case with much of what has been written about the sequester, the answer is, […]

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Obama’s Minimum Wage Welfare State

 

Real median household income in the United States has fallen more than 8 percent since Barack Obama was first sworn in as president, and has even fallen during the course of the Obama “recovery.” That, of course, is the fault of George W. Bush, John Boehner, rich people, and ATM machines. Fortunately, President Obama and […]

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The Coming Obamacare Recession

 

To the shock of many, U.S. GDP shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012 by 0.1%. Immediately, however, economists and commentators flooded the media with reassuring explanations. Super Storm Sandy reduced economic activity in the areas it ravaged; worries about the fiscal cliff and sequestration dampened business spending and government defense spending; businesses let inventory […]

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