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Will There Be An Internal Revolt Against Trump?

February 2017  •  Commentary

My first face-to-face encounter with the federal bureaucracy came on January 22, 2001. I was the deputy director of a "parachute team" for incoming president George W. Bush, and our job was to "secure the beachhead" at the Department of Labor on the first day of the new administration. (The political realm loves to borrow military metaphors.) That meant stopping the department from issuing guidance, rules, and statements that reflected the views of the departing Clinton administration. The most important tactical objective in this mission, we were told, was this: Secure the fax machine! (It was 2001, after all.) At that time, there was one specially designated fax machine used to send new regulatory language to the Federal Register, which publishes all newly minted regulations. There was a bureaucrat I'll call Mitchell Sykes whose job it was to man that fax machine. We were to find Sykes and stop him from doing anything. (Some identifying names have been changed throughout this article.)

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2016 Books: A President Leaves, but the Reading Continues

December 29, 2016  •  National Review Online

The year 2016 was a good one for books by men named Yuval. Over the past year, I read two, and both were excellent. The first Yuval is Yuval Levin, justifiably well known to NR readers. His Fractured Republic deserves the accolades it has been receiving. It is a cogent and well-reasoned look at how we have come to our present situation of bitter partisanship and broken politics, but it also makes a compelling case for a realistic path forward. He suggests a form of "subsidiarity," i.e., getting away from solutions at the federal level and finding more answers locally. The book is a devastating indictment of the welfare state and a good primer for effective conservative policymaking in the future.

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A Presidential Getaway Is No Vacation

December 22, 2016  •  The Wall Street Journal

As Donald Trump spends Christmas at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Americans of goodwill shouldn't begrudge him for taking a break from the crush of transition work. Still, the incoming president needs to consider his vacations carefully and be prepared for intense scrutiny. A president is always on call, and history shows that an absence from the White House can create complications for the administration.

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Netanyahu learned the Carmel fire's lessons

November 29, 2016  •  The Times of Israel

The fires in Israel are now dying down, and Israelis can breathe a sigh of relief that the worst of the crisis is over. As focus shifts from fire fighting to helping those who have lost their homes, it is worth examining Israel's response to see how the country has evolved on fighting fire since 2010. That year's Carmel forest blaze killed 44 Israelis and prompted a much needed reexamination of Israel's approach to fires. Many nations fail in response to crises. The real test is whether they can learn from failure and improve in the future.

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The ACA's Impact on Employer-Provided Health Benefits

November 16, 2016  •  Real Clear Health

President Obama will be leaving office with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), his signature policy initiative, in deep peril. An incoming Republican president and Congress, concerned with the cost of ACA exchange plans jumping by an average 25 percent next year and employee health care costs rising, have pledged to repeal the law. For his part, the President sought to shift the blame for rising out-of-pocket cost from the ACA's flaws to employers and insurers. During a recent speech defending the law, he said the ACA has had no impact on the affordability of employer-provided health care benefits "except to make it a better value." As the President put it, "if your premium is going up, it's not because of Obamacare. It's because of your employer or your insurer — even though sometimes they try to blame Obamacare for why the rates go up. It's not because of any policy of the Affordable Care Act that the rates are going up."

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