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“There Doesn’t Have to Be a Bill”

Tracinski’s Rule has been broken, and the left feels emboldened and liberated. That was the clear message of President Obama’s second inaugural address, and we can see its ripple effects everywhere, particularly in the Senate, where the Democrats are making the most of their majority. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is foolishly attempting to weaken […]

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Barack Obama Is Boring

I was not going to comment on President Obama’s second inaugural address until I saw a headline quoting a line from the speech: “We are made for this moment.” Really? “This moment”—again? “This moment” was in Obama’s big speech in Berlin as a candidate, when he declared to the “people of the world” that “this […]

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We Told You So

As the Affordable Care Act—otherwise known as ObamaCare—begins to be implemented, we are seeing its first big consequence: it is making care less affordable. The New York Times reports that “Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of […]

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What Is the Middle Class?

The great “progressive” hope, Elizabeth Warren, just got into a little bit of trouble when she was asked to define what it means to be “middle class” and fumbled around incoherently. She ended up citing as her only example someone who “takes off a year to go to graduate school.” Leftists always gets a little […]

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What’s Going Right

We are definitely going through some tough times right now. America is in the middle of a lost decade (or more) caused by the onset of the Obama Era. The Western European welfare state has plunged into permanent crisis. Chinese and Russian “state capitalism” is having its own problems. India’s free-market reforms have stalled out […]

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Newsflash: Capitalism Works

A business columnist with the New York Times reports with a sense of wonder that central planning doesn’t work, while a business columnist with Time reports with an equal sense of wonder that capitalism does work. Brad Tuttle describes a new system being tested at Disney theme parks to “to cut down on wait times […]

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Newsflash: Central Planning Doesn’t Work

File this one under “Breaking News from 1989”: it turns out that central planning doesn’t work. Who would have guessed? This news is relayed to us by business columnist Floyd Norris in the New York Times. He doesn’t present it that way, of course. He merely reports on the failure of federal regulators to come […]

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Tracinski’s Rule of American Politics

Years ago, I formulated Tracinski’s Rule of American Politics, which states that the left must be suppressed, hounded, mocked, vilified, and made to feel ashamed of itself. The idea is that we need to keep their heads down and keep them on the defensive, because the moment they feel confident and emboldened, they will attempt […]

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Take the Phone Off the Hook

I have been covering the fiscal cliff deal and the subsequent jockeying in advance of debt ceiling negotiations in my RCP newsletter. By the nature of that newsletter, I don’t give my own opinion, but I hardly need to. The facts are pretty clear and it’s easy to draw your own conclusions. Speaker of the […]

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What Has Homer to Do with the Bible?

An Atheist Reads the Bible, Part 1 To begin my long-promised series on the Bible, I wanted to describe the indirect route by which I came into this project. Five years ago, I found myself with a little extra time over Christmas break and decided to read a volume I had picked up years ago […]

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