Matters of Policy & Politics
Sacramento’s Economic Illiteracy

Sacramento’s Economic Illiteracy

April 11, 2022

A legislative maneuver turning a tax break into a tax hike, coupled with a proposed one-day reduction in California’s work-week, begs the question of economic knowledge in Sacramento. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss why is there a reflexive desire to tax; the impact of a four-day business week; a restless governor Newsom’s interest in the affairs of conservative states; plus the Oakland Athletics’ uncertain Golden State residency.

The State Of Political Journalism

The State Of Political Journalism

April 6, 2022

A major newspaper editorializes remorse over not covering the Hunter Biden laptop story when it first emerged soon before the November 2020 election – big news, little news, no real news at all? Carl Cannon, Real Clear Politics’ Washington bureau chief and a Hoover media fellow, discusses the state of political journalism, media bias, Elon Musk’s Twitter machinations, plus the health of the parties as the midterm election nears.

The Undereducated Generation?

The Undereducated Generation?

March 31, 2022

The COVID pandemic struck universities in various ways – a shift to online learning, declining enrollments, plus changes in standardized testing and admission requirements. Paul Peterson, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard, discusses the corollary between COVID policy and academic prestige, plus the long-term effects of shutting down college classrooms for multiple semesters.

Mixed Cyber Signals?

Mixed Cyber Signals?

March 29, 2022

Despite President Biden’s warning a week ago, a Russian-related cyberattack on American interests has yet to occur. Jacquelyn Schneider, a Hoover Institution fellow studying the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology, with a special interest in cybersecurity, discusses the odds and merits of the Kremlin “going cyber,” how cyberwarfare factors into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, lessons learned for other geopolitical rivals, plus the changing face of 21st century warfare.

Sacramento’s Rebate Debate

Sacramento’s Rebate Debate

March 24, 2022

California governor Gavin Newsom and Democratic lawmakers differ on how to spend the state’s budget surplus – Newsom favors $400 vouchers for car-owners to offset higher gasoline prices; legislators favor a $200 giveaway to all adults and dependents. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the feasibility of the proposals, plus the latest on California’s K-12 math curriculum, the Golden State’s role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and the centrists’ inability to advance criminal justice reforms.

Whither The Biden Bounce?

Whither The Biden Bounce?

March 22, 2022

One month into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, does polling show a “rally ‘round the flag’” effect in America and President Biden enjoying a higher job-approval? David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, discuss American public sentiment towards the war in Ukraine, the added dynamics of inflation, a possible COVID relapse, and partisan primary outcomes as the midterm elections approach.

The Hornet’s Nest Over The Door

The Hornet’s Nest Over The Door

March 11, 2022

California’s governor delivered an 18-minute State of the State oration notable for its many omissions, including underperforming public schools and Sacramento’s notorious “boom or bust” revenue stream. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss how market volatility may upend state budgeting, the latest on K-12 ethnic studies, the future of UC-Berkeley student enrollment, plus the field of contenders looking to oust Gavin Newsom this November.

Did Europe Take The Red Pill?

Did Europe Take The Red Pill?

March 10, 2022

Has the war in Ukraine and a reliance upon Russian fossil fuels prompted western European nations to reconsider their respective energy strategies? Bjorn Lomborg, a Hoover visiting fellow and environmental researcher, discusses ways for developed nations to reduce energy independence and battle climate change without necessarily devastating economies and lifestyles.

Ukraine’s George Washington – Or Martyr

Ukraine’s George Washington – Or Martyr

March 3, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine begs questions of flawed military strategy, bad geostrategic gambits, plus how information true and false flows amidst a hostile invasion. Paul Gregory, a Russian-fluent Hoover research fellow, offers insight into how to interpret news coming out of Eastern Europe, the makeup of Ukrainians and Russians – and an update on his 16-year-old granddaughter (of Ukrainian descent) presently trying to stay out of harm’s way in Kyiv.

“Nothing Is Over Until We Decide It Is”

“Nothing Is Over Until We Decide It Is”

February 24, 2022

Gas prices soar in California, San Francisco voters lash out at three members of the county’s Board of Education, and a gubernatorially-declared “state of emergency” in the Golden State nears its second anniversary. Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, join Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss economic “pain at the pump,” whether the San Francisco recall is a harbinger of political rebukes to come, and does Gavin Newsom’s prolonged “emergency” constitute an abuse of executive authority.  

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