Author Archive | Matt Welch

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Forget Reagan: Trump’s Tax Plan Is More Like George W. Bush

ReasonIn the run-up to today’s big White House tax-reform announcement, the question among many analysts was: Would President Donald Trump’s ideas look more like Ronald Reagan in 1981 (when he and a bipartisan congressional majority cut rates) or 1986, when they simplified the code? While Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, flanked by National Economic Director Gary […]

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Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Switcheroos: The New Fifth Column, With Michael Weiss

Michael Weiss, editor in chief of the Russia-watching Interpreter magazine, and author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, has long been one of the most knowledgeable observers of Great Game international politics. Last night, after one of the most eventful weeks in modern foreign policy history, what with President Donald Trump’s showy switcheroos on […]

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Dems Horrified That Somebody Besides Gov’t Might Spend $1 Trillion on Infrastructure

Facebook LiveLong before Friday’s Ryancare implosion, Donald Trump saw his audacious $1 trillion infrastructure plan as a way to work with Democrats and provide Keynesian stimulus to the economy. “We’re…going to prime the pump,” Trump told New York Times Magazine reporter Robert Draper earlier this year. “You know what I mean by ‘prime the pump’? […]

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Rep. Thomas Massie: ‘We don’t really have 218 conservatives here [who] meant what they said when they said they wanted to repeal Obamacare’

As referenced earlier today, last night The Fifth Column invited to its podcast-waves Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), one of the most libertarian members of Congress, and a man well-known to Reason readers (you can consume our previous interviews with congressman from June 2013, March 2016, and May 2016; watch him eat a hemp bar on […]

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Trump Reversing Record Number of Regulations

President signs four more Congressional Review Act rollbacks, bringing total number to seven…or six more than all his predecessors combined Matt Welch|Mar. 28, 2017 5:15 pm GW Regulatory CenterPresident Donald Trump’s big moves today on energy/climate policy, assessed in detail by Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey below, are far from his only deregulatory heaves this week. […]

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Gorsuch’s Smooth Sailing; Ryancare’s Rocky Road

Gorsuch’s Smooth Sailing; Ryancare’s Rocky Road

Matt Welch and Thomas Massie among those on tonight’s Kennedy Matt Welch|Mar. 21, 2017 7:37 pm Sadly, though not to anyone’s surprise, today’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch did not feature much in the way of Damon Root-caliber questioning. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) gave unconvincing testimony on behalf of “the little men,” […]

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