How to Repeal Obamacare: Repeal Obamacare

Since the Democrats passed Obamacare in 2010, shoving it through in the face of clear public disapproval, Republicans have vowed to repeal it. They won a huge congressional victory in 2010 partly on the basis of that promise. But, they pointed out, they couldn’t repeal the law if they only controlled the House. In 2014, […]

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The Ideological Gutting of the Republican Party

I don’t know what’s worse about Donald Trump’s determination to intervene, as he did with Carrier, to keep manufacturers from moving any capital or operations overseas. Is it the fact that he is vowing to interfere “on a day-by-day basis,” one deal at a time, to threaten “retribution” against recalcitrant firms? This is a policy […]

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Success vs. Achievement

Is success good? Or is achievement better? Is there a difference? Well, yes, in a way. The words are frequently used interchangeably, and they are clearly closely related. In making a distinction between the two, I don’t intend to criticize anyone for not parsing the fine differences between them in everyday use, nor am I […]

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A Map of the World That Does Not Include Utopia

There’s nothing like the death of Fidel Castro to remind us how many supposed “liberals,” particularly in the elite media, just love a dictator—if he’s of the right sort. Castro was buried today after nine days of official mourning and enthusiastic tributes, an embarrassing amount of which came, not from Cuban state propaganda or from […]

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Change the Swamp

Donald Trump won the presidency with a promise to “drain the swamp” of crony insider deals in Washington, DC. Then again, he won the presidency with a whole lot of promises, including one to save American manufacturing jobs from competition with cheap labor in China and Mexico. Spoiler alert: he is not going to save […]

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Is Personnel Policy?

In politics, there is an old saying: personnel is policy. What a president does is determined to a large extent by the people he hires. Consider the rumors that Donald Trump is considering appointing Mitt Romney as his Secretary of State. Trump’s stated foreign policy involves a much friendlier approach toward Russia. But he’s not […]

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The Bubble

Democrats looking to figure out what went wrong and how to recover would actually be well-advised, for once, to take a cue from “Saturday Night Live.” No, I’m not recommending Alec Baldwin’s slightly lame impersonation of Donald Trump. I’m recommending their post-election sketch about left-leaning urbanites wanting to escape to a “bubble”—not just the metaphorical […]

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“That’s What Freedom Sounds Like”

So suddenly we’re all supposed to switch sides again on whether dissent is patriotic. In a continuing effort to prove that it all depends on whose ox is gored, a lot of people on the right suddenly now think that it’s super-rude for constituents to send a public message to their elected officials. They are […]

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Post-Mortem

Last week, I got knocked down by something that sure felt like the flu—or maybe it was just a really severe case of post-election depression. I don’t think that’s the case, though, because I was already pretty depressed before Election Day. At any rate, I’m sorry for not sending out much in the past week. […]

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NeverTrump Is Over. So What Does It Do Next?

NeverTrump is over. I don’t mean that the idea was invalid or has been discredited. Certainly not by the election results, partly because it’s clear Trump squeaked by without a majority against a particularly unpopular and unloved opponent. Heck, he didn’t even get a plurality, since Hillary Clinton edged him out slightly in the popular […]

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