The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller

President Obama tramples the Constitution again, and finally there’s some outrage

Henry Miller
Fellow, Hoover Institution
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy during a visit to ArcelorMittal steel mill in Cleveland, Ohio November 14, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Stanford Law School Professor Michael McConnell wrote in the Wall Street Journal in July that President Obama's decision to suspend the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) for a year “raises grave concerns about his understanding of the role of the executive in our system of government.” And with his epic announcement at a press conference last Thursday that he has decided to suspend the regulations that caused the termination of millions of Americans’ health insurance plans (supposedly because they were “substandard”), he was at it again.

Is the shutdown really worse than business as usual?

5:22 PM 10/16/2013

With the “non-essential” functions of the federal government increasingly grinding to a halt, news outlets have incessantly covered the supposed consequences, ranging from tourists being turned away from national parks and memorials to cessation of food inspections by the FDA to the CDC's flu vaccine distribution to the interruption of clinical trials by NIH.

In Obama’s America, some are more equal than others

12:20 AM 05/29/2013

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that the federal government will not classify or treat individuals in a discriminatory manner. That fundamental right derives from England’s Magna Carta, in which King John promised that “no free man shall be taken or imprisoned ... or in any way destroyed, nor will we go upon him nor send upon him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.”

Will we ‘bee’ smart about pesticide regulation?

2:05 PM 05/13/2013

On April 29, the European Commission failed for the second time to get the votes necessary to pass a proposed two-year ban on several innovative agricultural pesticides known as neonicotinoids (“neonics”). But immediately after reporting that a “qualified majority” of member states had not been reached, the Commission’s health and consumer affairs commissioner, Tonio Borg, announced that he would institute the ban administratively.

Would you buy food from morons? (If not, don’t go to Whole Foods.)

2:16 PM 05/03/2013

STANFORD, Calif. --- Whole Foods markets are big business in this part of the world, upscale havens for rich shoppers seeking "healthy" foods. But notwithstanding their financial success, the two co-CEOs of the company are utterly clueless.

Is it time to get rid of the EPA?

12:39 PM 02/04/2013

When I joined the Food and Drug Administration in 1979, I was essentially apolitical and knew next to nothing about federal regulation. A science nerd, I had spent the previous 16 years in college, graduate school, medical school and post-doctoral training. It didn't take long until I learned about the jungle of government bureaucracies. One of the harshest lessons concerned the perfidy and incompetence of one of FDA’s siblings, the Environmental Protection Agency.

A David and Goliath parable

5:36 PM 11/12/2012

David and Goliath stories have been around for a long time. It’s gratifying when justice is served and David slays his tormentor, as in the Biblical tale, but most often the little guy gets squashed. The latter is how I felt on October 23 when New York Times food writer Mark Bittman did a gratuitous hatchet-job on me. Yes, on me --- a nerdy gray-beard who works in an eight-by-twelve-foot office at a university think tank and doesn’t even have a secretary.

Earth Day, the free market way

11:03 AM 04/19/2012

The first celebration of Earth Day, which was founded by former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, was held in 1970 as a "symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship." In the spirit of the time, it was a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, New Age experience, and most activities were organized at the grassroots level.

Bad faith and bad science from NRDC

5:05 PM 04/12/2012

In 1989 the American apple industry was sent reeling by an unexpected blow — a lurid “60 Minutes” segment that supposedly exposed the cancer-causing dangers of Alar, a chemical used by some apple growers to synchronize the ripening of fruit. The over-the-top alarmist segment seared into the minds of consumers across the country the image of an apple branded with a skull-and-crossbones.

Getting the drop on terrorists

5:10 PM 09/07/2011

In America’s Wild West, when law enforcement was spotty or nonexistent, vigilantes sometimes stepped in. A known cattle rustler might be found face-down in a gully with a terminal case of "lead poisoning," as they used to say in TV westerns.

Peace Prize puzzles

10:12 AM 12/10/2010

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this year to Liu Xiaobo, a prominent Chinese dissident who has spent more than 20 years advocating for a freer society marked by greater civil liberties and an independent judiciary. Unfortunately, the government of the Peoples Republic of China not only prevented him or his representative from attending the ceremony today but pressured other nations to boycott it.

The cruel and unusual New York Times

10:03 AM 11/10/2010

The New York Times’ editorial writers demonstrate with startling frequency that they exist in a parallel universe, one marked by irrationality, misdirected compassion and ignorance of history.

Heeding the message of the electorate

9:38 AM 11/04/2010

Democrats on Tuesday received the worst drubbing, nationally and locally, suffered by either political party in more than half a century. This battering of epic proportions, primarily a repudiation of the economic policies and high-handedness of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, was also an implicit condemnation of a left-wing regulatory philosophy that unnecessarily burdens those who create jobs and wealth.

A guy walks into a bar with a salmon . . .

9:19 AM 10/28/2010

According to the latest Gallup 2010 Confidence in Institutions poll, the U.S. Congress ranks dead last out of the 16 institutions rated. Only 11% of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in those who populate the institution, down from 17% in 2009 and a percentage point lower than the previous low (2008).

National Politically-correct Radio

11:21 AM 10/25/2010

Juan Williams’ dismissal by NPR because of supposedly inappropriate remarks he made on Bill O’Reilly’s TV program once again exposes the radio network’s hypocrisy and bias.  The real reason is clearly that NPR officials disliked Williams' ongoing association with Fox News; they regularly permit other correspondents and analysts to get away with murder -- but on other TV networks.

Golden opportunity, red tape

10:09 AM 10/14/2010

Former leader of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin famously said that a single death is a tragedy but a million deaths is just a statistic.  His observation seems to have been proven yet again by the media feeding frenzy over the rescue operation in Chile for 33 copper miners trapped underground for two months.

Activists’ assault on green chemistry: method in the madness?

10:53 AM 10/07/2010

California is often regarded as a regulatory policy bellwether for the rest of the nation, so there was a great deal of attention paid when in 2008 the state became the first to adopt a program of “green chemistry.”  It was hailed by many as a victory for the environment and consumers and was said to augur well for chemicals regulation elsewhere.

We need divided government

10:49 AM 10/04/2010

The Obama administration continues to demonstrate how personnel choices become policy choices.  There are innumerable examples of political appointees’ malfeasance (“the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law”) and nonfeasance (“the omission of an act that should have been performed”).

Regulatory trends worsen the economy’s prognosis

9:43 AM 09/22/2010

President Obama spent much of a town hall meeting on Monday trying to rebut the charge that he is anti-business.  However, his administration’s treatment of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries gives the lie to those denials.