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.

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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China’s Coming Crisis Will Not Be Capitalism’s

 

Conservatives should prepare for China being the next big economic crisis. While they cannot stop it, they can prepare for the left’s predictable response. Liberals seek to use every economic crisis to tarnish capitalism and increase government control of the private sector. Because of China’s claimed duality of communism and capitalism, liberals will be particularly […]

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Political Footballs and Pitfalls: How’s Trump Really Doing?

 

Despite being the early first quarter, many are calling Team Trump’s game over already. Of course, many booing loudest hope Trump loses and wishes their team were in there. From both sides of the stadium, what these far from unbiased observers miss are the many facets of the game and long time remaining in it. […]

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America’s Education System and the Lesson of Competition

 

Capitalism’s two centuries have proved competition is its essential element. No place in America’s 21st century demonstrates this like its educational system. On the positive side stands America’s world-leading college system; on the other stands America’s world-lagging public school system. The big difference between them is competition. Capitalism requires several things to operate well. Private […]

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The Left’s Job Only Got Harder

 

The left faces a far tougher task confronting President Trump than it did with candidate Trump. Following Trump’s address to Congress on February 28, that appears to be the case. This poses a big problem for its scorched-earth opposition strategy. One month, one week, and one day after taking office, Donald Trump delivered his first “Joint […]

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The Democrats’ Cabinet vs. Court Conundrum

 

Are Democrats focusing too much on Trump’s cabinet and costing themselves the Court? Over three years ago, Senate Democrats set a new precedent and a lower threshold for ending filibusters of administration nominees. Now, by waging prolonged lower-stakes battles over Trump’s cabinet nominees, they risk justifying Republicans extending that filibuster change to far more important […]

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Sports: America’s Great Escape from Political Correctness

 

America’s escape into sports is increasingly an escape from political correctness. The contrast between the objectivity of the one and the subjectivity of the other could not be clearer — or more welcome to ever-growing crowds. Sport has always been a retreat from life’s drudgery, and that drudgery has never been more comprised of self-conscious […]

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