Daniel Oliver

Daniel Oliver is Chairman of the Board of the Education and Research Institute and a Director of Citizens for the Republic, founded by Ronald Reagan in 1977. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Reagan, he was Executive Editor and subsequently Chairman of the Board of William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review. Email Daniel Oliver at Daniel.Oliver@TheCandidAmerican.com.

For God, For Country, and… For Trump?

 

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 point, wrote, as the dedication of his first book, God and Man at Yale: “For […]

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Health Care Reform: Not in God’s Lifetime

 

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 millions of people. That can’t be done — which means it’s not possible to agree […]

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Flied Lice and Golden Visas

 

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, taking time out from incessant complaining about President Trump’s governing process, have spent the last […]

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Piling On: The Desperation of the Left

 

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 of titles from just one day of the Washington Post: Comey’s firing was about Russia (duh!). […]

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Conscripts in a Ponzi Scheme

 

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 from being a burden to their parents or their country, and for making them beneficial […]

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Social Security and the Ghost of Ephram Nestor

 

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 having been a Communist from 1933 to 1939, a period of time during which membership […]

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Dracon for President?

 

“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 legislator in the 7th century B.C. who replaced the rule of lawgivers with the rule […]

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Mitch Daniels and the CPAC Moment

 

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 a terrific one-legged stool presidential campaign address. The minimum number of legs for a stool, […]

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The New America Firsters

 

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 for five and a half days.) The Republican Study Committee, the caucus of the conservative […]

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Getting Serious About Regulations — NOT!

 

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 Union address. Before anyone starts calling him the “deregulation president,” it’s worth taking a closer […]

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