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The Economy of Illusions

Recently Mark Perry and Don Boudreaux published an article in the Wall Street Journal challenging “The Myth of a Stagnant Middle Class.” They point out that the middle class is better off than nominal measures of income might suggest, because “Household spending on food, housing, utilities, etc. has fallen from 53% of disposable income in […]

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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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Welfare Un-Reformed

Here is a measure of the enduring damage that comes from allowing the left to take a dominant role in American politics. An economics blogger for the New York Times describes how welfare programs are moving in opposite directions in the United States and Britain. As recently as 2010, Britain had a complex system of […]

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White Guilt

Why the Left Invokes the Politics of Race In recent weeks, the issue of race has been rearing its ugly head in the election, and it hasn’t been by accident. It has been deliberately invoked, more and more frequently and more and more explicitly, by the left. I expect this to get worse as the […]

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The Third Rail Referendum

I sat down Friday night to write my own recommendation for who Mitt Romney should choose as his vice-presidential running mate. But it was quite late and I was tired, so I put off the task for the weekend—and thus I was saved from writing the most instantaneously irrelevant column ever. Early Saturday morning, days […]

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