J.T. Young

J.T. Young served in the Department of Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004 and as a Congressional staff member from 1987 to 2000.

Trump’s Below the Surface Strength

 

Generally seen as underwater, below the surface things are very different for Trump. President Trump elicits strong reactions from two-thirds of America’s electorate. Yet among the one-third in neither camp, the president is quietly doing quite well. Rasmussen’s 4/16 daily tracking poll, the same polling closest to 2016’s popular vote, gave interesting insight into President […]

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From Tinsel Town to Shantytown

 

Los Angeles has gone from Tinsel Town to shanty towns. The city’s well-intentioned efforts to combat its homeless population crisis are not simply not solving the problem, the problem is getting worse. Clearly what L.A. is doing is not working; equally clear: The city must rethink its approach — starting with its economics. A February […]

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Immigration: The Issue Democrats Cannot Afford to Close

 

The Senate’s immigration debate ended before it began because Democrats must have it continue. Democrats face just such contradiction from internal and external pressure to keep the immigration issue alive through at least this November. More importantly, agreement with the president on immigration now risks their losing this issue forever. The left has made immigration […]

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Having Mastered the Message, Trump Must Master the Man

 

Last Tuesday, President Trump mastered the message; now, he must master the man. His State of the Union speech left Republicans thinking about what might have been, and Democrats worrying about what might still be. The key to both is whether President Trump can harness himself to the presidency’s assets. Nothing demonstrates the presidency’s power […]

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Oprah Would Be Trump’s Dream Opponent

 

Despite liberals’ hyperventilation at the Golden Globe awards, Oprah would be Trump’s dream opponent. Although liberals comprise almost 100% of Hollywood, they were just a quarter of 2016 presidential voters. Drafting one to lead their ticket would just exacerbate Democrats’ leftward lean problem, while blunting their primary attack points against an incumbent president who will […]

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America’s Politically Incorrect Christmas Present to Itself

 

Ah, Christmas, when America gets to unwrap its beloved, politically incorrect present. When more and more things qualify as guilty pleasures, and involve more and more guilt, Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story does neither. Therein lie this movie’s unabashed beauty and our desire to welcome it back more heartily every year. Only liberals could not […]

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Left’s New Debt Concern Is the Same Old Trap

 

Recently liberals defined fiscal chutzpah by arguing high federal debt precluded tax cuts. This amazing new debt concern conveniently overlooks Barack Obama’s culpability in the calamity they now belatedly bemoan. It also implicitly sets a fiscal trap where liberals keep increasing spending and debt and conservatives can never cut taxes. The Obama administration’s former Council […]

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The Democrats’ In-Law Who Won’t Leave

 

Hillary Clinton is the Democrats’ in-law who won’t leave and can’t take a hint. Clinton’s book and tour is the equivalent of Aunt Hillary taking her shoes off and putting her feet up in her party’s living room. She is making herself quite comfortable and Democrat leaders understandably uncomfortable. Worst of all, the longer she […]

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The Power of Principle vs. the Principle of Power

 

The power of the right is principle, and the principle of the left is power. Understand this and you will understand the basis of modern politics. It also explains why the struggle between the right and left is universal and unending, with neither able to gain long-term advantage. In these tumultuous times of constant controversies, […]

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American Populism Has Left the Left Behind

 

Ironically, the acting-up of Occupy Wall Street led to Donald Trump’s presidency. At a moment ripe for populist anger, the left, aided by mainstream media, turned it instead into an elitist temper tantrum. As a result, Middle Americans saw how little they resembled the left and went decisively in the opposite direction. The left has […]

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