Dan Calabrese


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Most Recent Articles by Dan Calabrese:

McCain: Hey, I’m all in for this Republican tax cut plan!

Nov 30, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

McCain: Hey, I'm all in for this Republican tax cut plan!
I’d rather have to admit a mistake like this than have the thing fail because McCain confirmed my worst expectations of him. Looks like I’ll be heading up to the counter here at Atomic Coffee in downtown Royal Oak to see if I can get that crow on a croissant.

Then again, McCain is committing to vote for a tax bill whose final form we might not know. He’ll support the bill that came out of committee yesterday, but will that be the final bill? If not, does McCain still support it? Or does he claim he was willing before some unforeseen tragedy forced him to revert to his usual sabotagy way?


This Matt Lauer interview with Bill O’Reilly seems pretty bizarre now

Nov 29, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

This Matt Lauer interview with Bill O'Reilly seems pretty bizarre now, Astonishing
What we don’t know as we watch this is whether Lauer is aware of what was closing in on him. If he’s grilling O’Reilly about six women talking to the New York Times about him while he’s fully aware the Times is working on a similar story about him, dang. The guy would have a future as an actor if that profession wasn’t also running as fast as it can from newly revealed pervs.

But even if Lauer doesn’t know the ziggy is coming for him, he still knows about his own behavior. And yet he sits here and does this:


Variety’s Matt Lauer exposé has dropped, and it’s pretty devastating

Nov 29, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Variety's Matt Lauer exposé has dropped, and it's pretty devastating
I don’t watch the Today Show because I find it interminably stupid, so I can’t sit here and tell you I find this dramatically different from the Matt Lauer I watch on TV. Because I don’t watch him. From what little I have seen of him, he seems like a fairly straightforward type of personality. Then again, Mark Halperin comes off as dry as toast, so who knows anything about anyone?

But one of the reasons NBC went ahead and fired Lauer late last night is that they knew Variety was getting ready to publish this story. They did a few hours ago, and man oh man:


Poland tells Putin: It’s been fun, but we’re going to start buying our natural gas from the U.S.

Nov 29, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Market disruption of the best kind
I’m sorry, weren’t we told that Donald Trump was going to be some sort of toady for Vladimir Putin? And that Putin somehow engineered Trump’s victory over Hillary precisely with this in mind? That is not working out too well - for Putin.

Understand: Russia is a very large country geographically, and it aspires to be an influential global player, whether through the use of military force and intimidation or through economic power. The economic power part is essential because without it Russia can’t even afford the military through which it might intimidate others. And crucial to Russia’s economic strength is its ability to market its energy resources globally


Third quarter GDP growth revised upward to 3.3 percent

Nov 29, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Third quarter GDP growth revised upward to 3.3 percent
Keep in mind, this is before tax reform has been passed. The corporate tax rate is still 35 percent, and there’s still trillions in foreign-earned capital parked overseas because of the tax on repatriated profits. What happens when we’ve dealt with those policy problems?

This is a 10 percent upward revision of the original projected growth rate of 3.0 percent, and the fundamentals are pretty much the same as we told you a month ago. They’re just better:


Here’s what Richard Cordray was trying to hide in his attempted coup at CFPB

Nov 28, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Here's what Richard Cordray was trying to hide in his attempted coup at CFPB
I guess it was a mildly clever plan, even if the holes in it are kind of obvious. The law that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - which was basically written by Elizabeth Warren to make the bureau completely unaccountable to just about anyone - says that when the director is unavailable, the deputy director becomes acting director. So director Richard Cordray decided to first appoint leftist fellow traveler Leandra English as deputy director, then make himself “unavailable” by resigning.


Wow: Latest Alabama poll shows Moore leading Jones 49-44

Nov 28, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Wow: Latest Alabama poll shows Moore leading Jones 49-44


Three different groups of Republican senators emerge as possible killers of tax reform

Nov 28, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Three different groups of Republican senators emerge as possible killers of tax reform
You’ve got 52 Republicans in the Senate. That’s a majority. You should be able to pass an overhaul of the tax code.

Ha!

You’re hilarious.


Senate tax reform vote expected this week, Trump heading to Capitol Hill in pursuit of 50 ayes

Nov 27, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Senate tax reform vote expected this week, Trump heading to Capitol Hill in pursuit of 50 ayes
I want to express confidence that this is going to turn out better than the ObamaCare repeal vote. I want to do that, but I’m not sure the dynamics are all that different. You’re not going to get any Democrat votes so you need to hang onto at least 50 of 52 Republicans, and we’re looking at least six who are either hostile or noncommittal. And that includes a few that you would normally expect to be solid on conservative legislation, not just the usual McCain/Collins/Murkowski group of RINO squishes.

Some of those wavering have been at war with President Trump, so if that’s the reason they’re considering voting no, I’m not sure how much it helps that Trump is headed to Capitol Hill in the next couple of days to try to persuade them. Yet that’s exactly what he’s doing:


In case you’ve forgotten, here’s another Democrat accused of sexual abuse by multiple women

Nov 27, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

In case you've forgotten, here's another Democrat accused of sexual abuse by multiple women
This feels a bit gratuitous, but I’m going to roll here with the tenor of our times, which says that if a few people have stepped forward to accuse you of sexual misconduct, it’s at the very least worthy of news coverage. And all the more so if you’re prominent, for which the one-time vice president and winner of 267 electoral votes in the 2000 election certainly qualifies.

Also: The guy has turned into one of the world’s biggest moral scolds. The left doesn’t like it when “family values conservatives” turn out to be total sexual cads? Neither do I. But virtue, or its lack, takes lots of forms. When a guy is going around excoriating us for our treatment of mother Earth while at the same time he’s pawing masseurs, I think we should at least have the whole picture of the guy’s character, since we’re asked to accept his ecological lectures based on little more than his word.


Should we talk about the fact that women in positions of power are sexually abusing minors too?

Nov 27, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Should we talk about the fact that women in positions of power are sexually abusing minors under their authority too?
I know what you’re going to say. No teenage boy will object to this type of “abuse.” Just as the sexes are inherently different, the distinguishing factor here is that the women in question didn’t want the sexual attention. The boys not only wanted it but probably couldn’t believe their luck.

But you’re forgetting something.


It appears ObamaCare’s economic model has led to the deaths of thousands of patients with heart fail

Nov 24, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

It appears ObamaCare's economic model has led to the deaths of thousands of patients with heart failure
I’m sure I don’t have to remind you of the derision aimed at Sarah Palin when she talked of ObamaCare resulting in death panels. Liberals shrieked: There are no death panels in the bill! Media “fact checkers” chastised her thoroughly.

We pointed out many times that while ObamaCare did create an actual death panel of sorts, the larger death promoter inherent within ObamaCare is the manipulation of dollars to incentivize lower-quality, and thus less expensive, care.


Whoa: Washington Post reporter addressed Democrat group on how to ‘get the economic narrative right’

Nov 24, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Whoa: Washington Post reporter addressed Democrat group on how to 'get the economic narrative right'
There’s actually no bad news here if you’re a conservative. A WaPo reporter sheds all pretense of objectivity, goes ahead and addresses a group of Democrats, giving them advice on how to propagandize about the economy. She’s sharing the stage with George Soros too, for those of you who knee-jerk to that name.

And we found out about it. This is awesome in every way.


ISIS kills nearly 200 in attack on Egyptian mosque

Nov 24, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

ISIS kills nearly 200 in attack on Egyptian mosque
ISIS hasn’t enjoyed many strategic victories lately, and like many murderous outfits who are losing their position and their influence, they appear to have resorted to simply killing wherever they can just to remind everyone that they haven’t yet disappeared and that they’re still lethal.

This morning that cost nearly 200 Egyptians their lives:


Liberal D.C. writer explains how Mark Halperin’s assault on our politics was even worse than the per

Nov 24, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Liberal D.C. writer explains how Mark Halperin's assault on our politics was even worse than the perv stuff
What made the revelation of Mark Halperin’s perviness somewhat surprising is that he always came across as a fairly dull, straightlaced guy. We now know he was anything but that, his on-air persona suggested he was something of a “voice of reason” when it came to discussing politics.

Former New Republic writer Eve Fairbanks has a very different perspective on that, and I want to share it with you because she’s speaking to an issue that has bothered me for a very long time. It’s about how so much of what passes as reporting in the political world is in fact little more than trivia and gossip - things presented as monumentally important when in fact they are nothing of the sort.


‘What are you thankful for?’ is the wrong question

Nov 23, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Thanksgiving, Gratitude
You hear this question every year, especially if you watch dopey morning television shows. (Alas, is there any other kind?) Grinning, blow-dried anchors and anchorettes act like they’re mouthing a profundity as they gaze into the camera and put it to you, Greg!

“What are you thankful for?”


Video: North Korean guards cross border into South in pursuit of defender, shoot him four times

Nov 22, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Amazing Video: North Korean guards cross border into South in pursuit of defender, shoot him four times
I guess the reason we can see this is that South Korea has excellent security video at the border, and from a high enough vantage point that you can see pretty well into the North.

Whatever the reason, this is extraordinary.


Do the anthem-kneelers care that rookie Officer Brian Shaw was murdered?

Nov 22, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Do the anthem-kneelers care that rookie Officer Brian Shaw was murdered?
NFL anthem-kneelers and their ignorant defenders like Stan Van Gundy claim that all they want is “social justice,” a term with no real meaning whatsoever. What they actually want is a series of changes to the criminal justice system that would make it harder to keep criminals locked up, and harder for police officers to make a decision during a dangerous situation to defend themselves.

We talked some months back about how the anthem-kneelers were creating an atmosphere that’s making the streets more dangerous for police officers. Every time cops’ lives are threatened, they have to consider whether the use of force to protect themselves will result in media recriminations, riots or denunciations from opportunistic politicians.


Wow: Insanely left-wing Detroit Free Press editor, who loves John Conyers, calls on him to resign

Nov 22, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Insanely left-wing Detroit Free Press editor, who loves John Conyers, calls on him to resign
I guess the power of what Hot Air’s Allahpundit has labeled “pervnado” is even more powerful than racial identity politics, at least at the moment. It probably doesn’t hurt that John Conyers is 88 years old and is hardly the future of the Democratic Party, but it’s hard to overstate the significance of Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson calling for Conyers to resign.

Why? Because Henderson is about the biggest race-monger in America, and makes everything that ever happens about race. He doesn’t just stop with the stuff he writes for the Free Press, which is insane enough. How loony is Henderson? He actually wrote a column calling for Republican legislators to be murdered because they passed a school reform he didn’t like.


Trump-appointed FCC chairman announces plan to kill net neutrality regs

Nov 21, 2017 — Dan Calabrese

Trump-appointed FCC chairman announces plan to kill net neutrality regs
This is one of those stories most of you should care about more than you do, because it has more effect on your life than the stuff large numbers of you mass-click. And yet if you only follow the story at a shallow level, you probably think that’s about to happen is bad for you.

It’s not. It’s good. But you’re only going to get that if you really understand how markets function.