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Daniel Oliver
by | Jun 20, 2017

In 1951, a Time magazine wit (probably a Harvard man) called the Yale motto, “For God, For Country, and For Yale” the outstanding anticlimax in the English language. Later that year, Yale graduate William F. Buckley, Jr., perhaps recognizing Time’s…

by | May 31, 2017

One gets the sense that Congress’s trying to craft a healthcare bill is like trying to play the piano in mittens. Why should it be so difficult? Because Congress is trying to command and control the actions and interactions of…

by | May 23, 2017

Poor Nicole Meyer, Jared Kushner’s sister: she’s had to pretzelize herself because she mentioned that she was… Jared Kushner’s sister when she was pitching a real estate deal to a group of Chinese businessmen. Denizens of the left-wing fever swamp,…

by | May 17, 2017

Advocates have a rule when making a case: Don’t pile on. But the columns against President Trump for firing FBI Director James Comey are piling on and spilling over the top — and are losing their punch. Here’s a list…

by | Jun 13, 2011

The spit turns slowly over the Social Security roasting fire but there is no whimpering from the children being cooked. Yet. Jonathan Swift’s Modest Proposal (one of English literature’s great satires) for preventing the children of poor people in Ireland…

by | Apr 6, 2011

Very few senior citizens have heard of Ephram Nestor. And not many junior citizens, either. Nestor was a Bulgarian who came to America in 1913 and lived here continuously for 43 years. Then, in July 1956, he was deported for…

by | Feb 22, 2011

“Draconian” was the way one Democrat described, with surprising accuracy, the budget cuts the Republicans in the House of Representatives passed before the dawn’s early light last Saturday. Dracon, who gave his name to the Democrat’s adjective, was an Athenian…

by | Feb 14, 2011

Is Indiana governor Mitch Daniels running for president? That was one question on the minds of some of the 11,000 people who attended the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend. Daniels went to the CPAC and gave…

by | Feb 7, 2011

As we mused here a few days ago — in a piece pointing out that deregulation had to begin somewhere — Rome wasn’t burned in a day. (According to the Roman historian Tacitus, the fire, in 64 A.D., actually burned…

by | Feb 2, 2011

In a piece in the Wall Street Journal, President Obama has written that he wants to ensure that federal regulations “protect our safety, health, and environment while promoting economic growth.” He made a similar claim in his State of the…

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