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Biden: A Cheapskate Who Prefers to Tax Others | The American SpectatorThe American Spectator | USA News and Politics

Biden: A Cheapskate Who Prefers to Tax Others | The American SpectatorThe American Spectator | USA News and Politics

MenuBiden: A Cheapskate Who Prefers to Tax Others Than Give His Own MoneyIt’s clearly much easier for him to give away others’ money than his own.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe PressIf Joe Biden wins the presidency and Democrats take control of the Senate, taxes will rise. Likely a lot. His official plan envisions a $4 trillion hike over the coming decade. But a big victory would empower the Left, which would demand bigger and broader hikes. After all, there will be lots of benefits to increase, programs to create, and, most important, interest groups to pay off.The only “cut”...

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The Chinese Cultural Revolution: Lessons for America’s Cancel Culture | The American Spectator | USA News and PoliticsThe American Spectator | USA News and Politics

The Chinese Cultural Revolution: Lessons for America’s Cancel Culture | The American Spectator | USA News and PoliticsThe American Spectator | USA News and Politics

MenuThe Chinese Cultural Revolution: Lessons for America’s Cancel CultureSoon enough the cancelers will find them selves open to cancellation.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe Pressn September 13, 1971, Lin Biao, China’s defense minister, died in an airplane crash. What made his last flight memorable was that he was fleeing to the Soviet Union after he was discovered plotting a coup against party General Secretary Mao Zedong. Lin’s plane ran out of fuel. Or so goes the official story advanced by the Chinese Communist Party.This was an early and extreme version of the “cancel...

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Trump Is Right To Be Antiwar | The American Spectator | USA News and PoliticsThe American Spectator | USA News and Politics

Trump Is Right To Be Antiwar | The American Spectator | USA News and PoliticsThe American Spectator | USA News and Politics

MenuTrump Is Right To Be AntiwarWar is “the health of the state,” as Randolph Bourne said.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe Pressresident Donald Trump recently to Joe Biden’s support for “these crazy endless wars.” The president also blamed the top military brass, in contrast to those in the ranks, for wanting to “fight wars.”The latter claim isn’t strictly accurate. Even the generals tend to be cautious about getting into conflicts. But once in they never seem to want to leave: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria are all stupid places where American forces are fighting today, yet the...

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Sep 12
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The Tragic Legacy of World War II Lives On | The American SpectatorThe American Spectator

The Tragic Legacy of World War II Lives On | The American SpectatorThe American Spectator

MenuThe Tragic Legacy of World War II Lives OnSeventy-five years ago the carnage finally stopped.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe Pressorld War II, the most brutal, destructive, and murderous conflict in human history, was finally, mercifully racing toward a close 75 Augusts ago. In early May German units and personnel had rushed to surrender, preferably to the Western allies. On May 7, General Alfred Jodl signed his country’s formal surrender.Alas, the war in the Pacific continued. At that time U.S. forces were in the midst of the battle for Okinawa. That fight did not conclude...

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Aug 16
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The Problem With Allies: It’s Time to Unfriend a Few Countries | The American SpectatorThe American Spectator

The Problem With Allies: It’s Time to Unfriend a Few Countries | The American SpectatorThe American Spectator

MenuThe Problem With Allies: It’s Time to Unfriend a Few CountriesFalse friendships and free-riding are more trouble, and money, than they’re worth.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe Pressmerica’s many alliances, both formal and informal, are supposed to serve a purpose: enhance U.S. security. They are a means, not an end. Their effect might be to protect other nations, but their ultimate objective should be to make America safer.Yet Washington officials have come to treat military partners like Facebook friends, to be accumulated endlessly to win popular bragging rights. In which...

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The Statue Wars: Was Secession Treason? | The American SpectatorThe American Spectator

The Statue Wars: Was Secession Treason? | The American SpectatorThe American Spectator

MenuThe Statue Wars: Was Secession Treason?No less so than the North was imperialistic in fighting to preserve the Union.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe PressWhen mobs are attacking statues of Ulysses S. Grant, it is difficult to have an intelligent discussion about why some Confederate generals and officials deserve respect. No one today defends the role of slavery. However, if belief in racial equality is the sole measure of the worth of Americans at the time, few people, including in the North, would pass muster.Racism was rampant, and many northerners objected to slavery not...

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The U.S. Wants India as a Real Ally, Not Another Helpless Dependent | The American Spectator

The U.S. Wants India as a Real Ally, Not Another Helpless Dependent | The American Spectator

MenuThe U.S. Wants India as a Real Ally, Not Another Helpless DependentAny alliance can’t be modeled on anything like NATO.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe Presshina’s Xi Jinping must be working for President Donald Trump. Although New Delhi has moved closer to the U.S. in recent years, no Indian government would subordinate its policies to Washington. If the Modi government fails to act, however, it will be inviting blackmail and coercion by Beijing.Indeed, the latest bloodshed in the Himalayas, in which the People’s Republic of China is widely seen as the aggressor, pushed...

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Back to the Future: U.S. Negotiates With War Advocates and Criminals of Old | The American Spectator | Politics Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously.

Back to the Future: U.S. Negotiates With War Advocates and Criminals of Old | The American Spectator | Politics Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously.

MenuBack to the Future: U.S. Negotiates With War Advocates and Criminals of OldBut at least the Trump Administration is not treating Serbia in the ugly way its predecessors (and NATO) went out of their way to do.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe Presshe last couple of weeks brought momentous news from the Balkans. The Serb politician who began his career as chief propagandist to Yugoslavia’s authoritarian leader throughout the Balkan wars enjoyed a big election victory. The Kosovo politician who served as one of the top insurgent commanders who helped win that nation’s independence...

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When Winston Churchill Became Essential 80 Years Ago | The American Spectator | Politics Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously.

When Winston Churchill Became Essential 80 Years Ago | The American Spectator | Politics Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously.

MenuWhen Winston Churchill Became Essential 80 Years AgoA story that never ceases to inspire and amaze.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe Pressinston Churchill gave his maiden to the United Kingdom as prime minister 80 years ago May 19. It was a day long in coming.He was a brave, irritating, complex, frustrating, energetic, enigmatic, and confounding figure. He had a storied family background — along with an American mother — but difficult upbringing. He demonstrated his personal courage first in the military and then as a journalist who was captured during the Boer War, an...

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Why Should America Care if Kim Jong-Un Dies? | The American Spectator | Politics Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously.

Why Should America Care if Kim Jong-Un Dies? | The American Spectator | Politics Is Too Important To Be Taken Seriously.

MenuWhy Should America Care if Kim Jong-Un Dies?It’s time to rethink our involvement in Korea, anyway.Editor's PicksSign Up to receiveHot OffThe PressIs he sick? If so, with what? Might he die? What happens then? Who ends up in charge? Could there be a civil war? Might the fighting involve other nations? Who knows? Who cares?Watching North Korea today is a bit like studying the Soviet Union of old. You worry about who is mentioned, and how often and prominently, in the media. You note who stands next to whom atop Lenin’s tomb when a parade is held. If someone important dies, you look for...

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