Though Romney’s budget platform bears a family resemblance to the Ryan FY 2013 budget, it seems increasingly clear that it is hard to reconcile the two of them. My working assumption has been that Romney’s priorities supersede the budget, as Ryan has repeatedly said that Romney is at the top of the ticket and so there’s no need to reconcile them: Ryan has changed his mind. I can see why there might be resistance to putting it this way, as Ryan argues that his position in the FY 2013 budget is compatible with the desire to restore the cuts. But while much has been said about the strictures imposed by scoring conventions, Ryan could have identified offsets had he explicitly called for reversing the PPACA Medicare savings — it just would have been very challenging. This is part of why many of us believe that it will be extremely difficult to bring down near-term deficits, even if we do embrace structural entitlement reforms that will yield long-term dividends.
American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
It has become more urgent to ask: Why is there a special counsel in the Russia investigation? At this point, that question should be put to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — in the federal government, it’s the lawyers’ lawyer. To get down to brass tacks: May the president of the United ... Read More
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
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More