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The American Mind

Sean Hackbarth's take on politics, economics, books, and culture

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DUI in Wisconsin

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:44:34 +0000

As a Wisconsin native, I’m not proud of this fact. Wisconsin is one of the top states for DUI arrests. I know drinking is in Wisconsin’s DNA, and that laws on the books should be fully enforced, but it’s excruciatingly hard to toughen drunk driving laws. Via: Chicago DUI Lawyer

Budget Deal Tells Me Paul Ryan Isn’t Running for President in 2016

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:11:01 +0000

After digesting the budget deal he worked out with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), I’ve come to the conclusion that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) won’t run for President in 2016, because he’s eyeing a higher leadership role in the House. Seth Mandel’s analysis takes a similar tact: The truth is, most of Ryan’s career suggests he wants [...]

No PR Blitz Can Fix Obamacare’s Problems

Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:32:47 +0000 might be working better (key work is “might”). However, as I point out at, it’s still pumping out bad enrollment data to insurance companies. House Energy and Commerce Chairman, Fred Upton (R-MI) isn’t impressed: Millions of Americans have had their existing plans cancelled, millions more are worried about their health care coverage and costs, [...]

Liberal Writer: Obamacare Threatens Liberalism

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:03:03 +0000

Here are two quotes of the day, both on Obamacare. First, the New Republic’s Franklin Foer on how the disastrous launch of is damaging the liberal programme [via memeorandum]: A two-page bill could have extended Medicare and provided universal coverage, but by relying so heavily on the private market, and straining to avoid the taint of [...]

Administration Official: Only 60-70% Finished

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:56:56 +0000

CMS Deputy Information Officer Henry Chao told a House of Representatives committee that the dysfunctional is 30-40% away from being fully-built. One of the key missing components is the payment system (3:20 mark). “We still need to build the payments systems to make the payments to insurers in January,” said Chao. The administration thought it’d be [...]

All the Stuff Obama Didn’t Know About

Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:14:10 +0000

At his press conference, President Obama said he didn’t know that so many people would get their health insurance cancelled: My expectation was that for 98 percent of the American people, either it genuinely wouldn’t change at all or they’d be pleasantly surprised with the options they find in the marketplace and that the grandfather clause [...]

Treasury Inspector General: Obamacare is a Top IRS Challenge

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:40:58 +0000

Obamacare is more than the Department of Health and Human Services’ fumbling. Last week, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration listed the top management and performance challenges for the IRS. Number two is “Implementing the Affordable Care Act.” As explained in the memo [emphasis mine]: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) contains an extensive array [...]

Obamacare’s Amazon Wish List Accounting

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:05:16 +0000

Alyssia Canobio at Americans for Tax Reform points to a Washington Post story on the Obama administration’s unique approach to counting who they’ll consider to be enrolled in Obamacare: “Health insurance plans only count subscribers as enrolled in a health plan once they’ve submited a payment. That is when the carrier sends out a member card [...]

Why Rep. Raul Grijalva Isn’t Very Bright

Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:52:25 +0000

Earlier this week, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) came up with a dumb idea. In a letter to the Interior and Agriculture Departments, he asked that all mining and oil and gas development stop on public lands during the government shutdown. Yes, let’s shut down activities that generate government revenues along with producing energy and minerals. Great [...]

Summer Means Baseball

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 05:38:12 +0000

Summer and warm weather match perfectly with baseball. The game’s slower pace doesn’t require you to exert yourself all the time. You can relax, enjoy a cold drink and a friendly conversation while watching skilled players run around the bases. My Milwaukee Brewers are back in town to play the Washington Nationals. It’s been a rough [...]

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