Saturday morning, May 13, 2017; Page Spring Campground

Bird Break: Malheur May 2017


WC and Mrs. WC spent a couple of days at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, south of Burns, Oregon. We camped at Page Springs Campground, at the far southern end of the Refuge. There were some challenges, including a couple inches of snow over Friday night, and a couple of hailstorms on Saturday evening that sent…

Credit: Norwegian news outlet VG, December 2016, Tidsånden flirer ikke lenger

A Despot’s Excuses for a Despot’s Act


The excuse President Trump offered for firing FBI Director James Comey is flimsy and laughable. We are asked to believe that Comey was fired because he didn’t treat Secretary Clinton fairly. It’s tempting to laugh out loud. This is the Donald Trump who led his supporters in chants of “Lock her up”? When Comey announced he…

Guest Blog Post: A Different Dictator


David James has generously allowed WC to post his thoughtful comments over on Facebook here at Wickersham’s Conscience. James and WC don’t agree on everything, but this is insightful. WC rarely surrenders the soapbox. But will just this once. A Different Dictator, by David James One of the major reasons I could not vote for…

An asymmetric Laffer curve with a maximum revenue point at around a 70% tax rate, based on estimates by Trabandt and Uhlig (2011)

Trump, Voodoo Economics and the Laffer Curve


It’s seriously annoying to WC that anyone listens to a claim that lowering taxes will trigger an economic boom which will “pay for itself” in increased government revenue. The claim is absolute garbage. It’s what George H.W. Bush called “voodoo economics.” President Ronald Reagan pioneered the program, cutting taxes on his rich buddies. The economy…

Would you buy a used car from this man?

WC’s Reflections on the First Hundred Ten Days


George Will wrote recently, “It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either.” All right, George. WC has been trying to think, speak and, yes, write clearly about the President for some time now. Still, on the belated occasion of Trump’s first hundred ten days, WC will…

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (Source: Eric Thayer/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Sally Yates Has a Battle of Wits With Unarmed Old Men


In a sensible world, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates would be a hero. Ms. Yates appeared before a Senate subcommittee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election earlier this week. She was well-prepared, forthright, candid and very effective. And a credit to the career attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice. Republican Senators who…