With Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate, there will be lots of talk about the House GOP budget. When this budget is attacked, the first question in response should always be “compared to what?” Not the actual federal budget, because Congress has not passed one in nearly four years. Not the president’s budget, as it’s never made it out of either house of Congress. And when the “Mediscare” tactics begin, it’s worth remembering that the president’s budget and health-care reforms are not particularly Medicare-friendly, and should scare Granny more than anything Ryan’s proposed.
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More