Category: Mark’s Hill Column

Are we doing it all wrong?

Imagine you’re studying the impact of food consumption on health. You’re running a huge experiment — you rounded up 100,000 people, and measured all their vitals (weight, blood pressure, good cholesterol and bad, blood sugar, etc.). You then divided them into two groups, strictly at random. Of course, some members of each group are healthy,

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GOP original sins

Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have seemingly entered a final death spiral. The whole undertaking has been perhaps the most massive legislative embarrassment in history, inflicting untold damage on the Republican Party, President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). In poll after poll, the Republican Party

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Voter fraud commission fails on all fronts

In an effort to provide support for his fact-free outbursts, President Trump appointed a commission to examine voter fraud. It turns out that the biggest fraud is the commission itself. Any reasonable examination of the issue would have to grapple intelligently with three core questions: •  Is voter fraud a significant problem? •  Will the

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GOP tax reform: likely loser

Republicans could score with their tax reform proposals. But they almost certainly won’t. Americans would be receptive to eliminating tax breaks for big corporations and lowering taxes for the middle class. Alas, the GOP is congenitally incapable of producing such a plan because its real objective has long been reducing taxes for the wealthiest Americans

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Don’t bet on better numbers

Desperately trying to quell the panic growing in their guts and in their ranks, Republicans are spinning themselves dizzy trying to explain why President Trump’s approval rating will improve before the midterm. Their desperation arises from the president’s extraordinarily low approval rating and the impact it will likely have on the 2018 elections. President Trump’s

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Imploding ObamaCare

Sadly, we have become largely inured to misleading, dissembling and dishonest statements from President Trump. Fact-checkers catalogue them by the hundreds. Yet one lie that I consider particularly egregious has received relatively little attention. The president has repeatedly referred to his plan “to let ObamaCare implode.” This locution casts the president as a mere observer,

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Trump love?

Newly installed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci began what will no doubt be a long series of errors, misstatements and outright lies with this whopper: Recent polls, he claimed, “indicated to me … the president is really well loved.” President Trump is not at all beloved. As I detailed here last week, he was

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Trump’s unique, all right

In what ways is President Trump unique? “So many,” you say. I won’t rehearse them all now, but his uniqueness also extends to the ways in which the public perceives him. First and foremost, President Trump is uniquely unpopular. He had the lowest approval rating of any president in the history of polling at his

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To win in 2018, focus on specifics

A debate’s broken out among Democrats about the right strategy for 2018. Honestly, it’s the wrong debate. One side argues we should be focused on President Trump’s failures—a target-rich environment. He’s performed “about faces” on scores of key policy positions. He’s failed to focus on what he claimed were his priorities and failed to make

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Aversion to difference

Last week, I examined two of the three strands of conservative thinking — aversion to government and aversion to change — which Donald Trump melded together in his successful effort to capture the White House. Here I’ll focus on the third — aversion to difference — which mostly lay dormant in recent years, until Trump ignited these

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