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Tom Rogan

Tom Rogan writes for National Review Online and Opportunity Lives. He is a panelist on The McLaughlin Group and a senior fellow at the Steamboat Institute. He tweets @TomRtweets. His homepage is

Articles From Tom

No, Trump’s budget is not anti-millennial

President Trump’s first budget is far from perfect. But it’s not a disaster. Others disagree. One such malcontent is Linette Lopez. Writing for Business Insider, Ms. Lopez described Trump’s budget as one that “does not address millennials’ needs, and… doesn’t reflect millennials’ values.” Lopez’s argument has three key claims. First, that Trump’s student loan reforms […]

British conservatives are taking from the old to help the young

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Next month, Britain will hold Parliamentary elections to vote on a government for the next five years. Fortunately, the ruling Conservative Party looks likely to win. I say “fortunately” because the Labour Party – the other party that has a chance of winning – is led by an anti-American socialist. But […]

Boys with skirts: Principal changes uniform, tells students gender not “binary”

A British private school will allow male students to wear skirts. First off, a quick note. In Britain, public and private schools both refer to private schools. ‘State’ schools are the UK equivalent of US public schools. But for reasons of simplicity, I will apply the US distinction between public vs. private schools. Onwards… London, […]

The cost of protecting Obama vs. Trump? The media bias is astounding

The safety of the first family shouldn’t be a political football. That was my argument four years ago, facing conservative criticisms about the high cost of keeping the Obamas safe. At the time, my article received liberal praise. Times change. Today, with a less media-popular President in the White House, the media narrative has shifted. […]

Indiana Professors: Free speech is good (as long as we agree)

Tuesday evenings on the campus of Indiana University are supposed to be standard fare. But not this Tuesday. Because this Tuesday, conservative scholar Charles Murray is speaking on campus. A lot of professors and students are very unhappy about this. So unhappy, in fact, that they wrote a long-winded letter to University President Michael McRobbie. […]

Netflix’s latest film dishonors the U.S. military [VIDEO]

General Stanley McChrystal made a big mistake. He allowed his staff to criticize the elected U.S. civilian government. His ensuing resignation was appropriate. In a democracy, the military must always be accountable to civilian leadership however flawed the latter might be… Yet Gen. McChrystal is a great American. He deserved the four stars on his […]

If Dems want jobs for millennials, why oppose Trump’s energy reforms?

Donald Trump’s energy reforms are catching heat. Some of it positive, some negative. In the private sector, there’s positive confidence that big energy projects can get going and get completed. The Obama Administration constantly delayed major projects with bureaucratic minefields and legal challenges. Most notably, the Keystone XL pipeline project. And that matters, because when […]

“The World Happiness Report” is liberal drivel

The 2017 World Happiness Report is out! And according to a UN project, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Norway is Earth’s happiest nation. Unfortunately, the World Happiness Report is a joke. For one, a quick look at SDSN’s donor base reveals funding from the Norwegian foreign ministry. Perhaps then, the SDSN is not as objectively […]

Bernie Sanders, the friendly health care liar

Moderated by MSNBC host, Chris Hayes, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke at a West Virginia town hall on Monday night. He railed against Republicans and called for a socialized health care system to improve health care in America. As usual, the Senator has a simple plan for how to pay for this. It’s the rich, […]

Obamacare repeal debate exposes Democrats’ disregard for millennials

The GOP health care bill is getting mixed reviews, even from Republicans. And it’s clear that it is far from a conservative dream ticket. At best, it’s an improvement on Obamacare. And some of the concerns raised about the GOP bill – including from the left – are legitimate. For one, we should question whether […]

Bill Maher, Milo Yiannopoulos, and the liberal prophet Jeremy Scahill

American journalism helps forge ideas that empower free society. Take news-based television debates. Forcing efficient articulation, well-moderated TV news debates offer easily accessible information to many different viewers. I know this because I’m a former panelist/producer on one such debate show, The McLaughlin Group. And there, I learned that the best TV journalism comes when […]

Why (some) trolling is good

To troll or not to troll? That is the question. First off, a caveat. While it has multiple definitions, for clarity, I adopt the Google Dictionary definition of Trolling: “To make a deliberately offensive or provocative online post with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.” Trolling is controversial. In […]

Yes, Donald Trump is right to threaten Berkeley’s federal grants

On Wednesday afternoon, I explained that Milo Yiannopoulos’ greatest supporters are those who oppose him. Later Wednesday evening, those who waged war at UC-Berkeley proved me right. They did so by attacking Milo’s supporters, police officers, and private property. And this morning, President Trump responded by threatening the University of California at Berkeley’s federal funding. […]

Why Milo Yiannopoulos is good for society

Breitbart editor and bon vivant, Milo Yiannopoulos, is the ultimate troll. Eloquent, mischievous, and energetic, Yiannopoulos has a unique brand. Avowedly explicit about his sex life, and reveling in British-accented disdain, Yiannopoulos has won many followers. Most weeks he’s traveling across America to address crowds of college students. And Milo’s is a lucrative endeavor. Combined […]

Send ‘the Feds’ to Chicago: Trump shows he cares

Facing war-like homicide rates in Chicago – exceeding the murders in Los Angeles and New York City, combined — President Donald Trump is threatening to “send in the Feds.” If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!— […]

Dear Inauguration boycotters: Running away is not resistance

The list is growing. 56 Democratic members of Congress will boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Their rationales vary. Some Democrats are staying away because they believe Trump is an “illegitimate” president spawned from Russian hacking. Others are protesting Trump’s comments on women and minorities. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) says she will be “organizing.” Rep. […]

Students at my alma mater want to purge “the white curriculum”

I was lucky enough to attend graduate school at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). A university in London, England, SOAS focuses on global studies. My time at SOAS was illuminating. Studying Middle East politics, I benefited from the exceptional Professor Charles Tripp. He was tough, he was liberal, but he was a […]

Millennials need police to stop millennials

Today, buried amidst the usual Trump shenanigans, Pew Research released a new study. It posits concerning statistics. As a result of high-profile incidents involving police officers and black citizens, 93 percent of police officers are increasingly concerned about their safety. 75 percent of officers say that interactions between police and blacks have become tenser. And 72 […]

How about some sympathy? 3 reasons it’s tough to be a Millennial

Ira Wolfe has a new piece on why society should stop bashing millennials. It’s worth a read. However, Wolfe got me thinking, and it led me to a conclusion: Millennials don’t simply deserve greater respect from our elders, we deserve some sympathy. There are at least three reasons why. 1. We’re Paying More for Less […]

Fort Lauderdale and the vulnerabilities of an open society

Earlier on Friday, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago attacked Florida’s Fort Lauderdale airport, killing five civilians, and wounding eight others. The gunman apparently traveled to Florida from Alaska, checked his bag with a loaded firearm, and then unleashed havoc in the baggage claim area. That premeditation suggests ideological intent reaching beyond emotional turmoil. Regardless of whether the […]