Public-Sector Pensions Aren’t Just No Longer Untouchable; the Cuts Are on YouTube

How gutsy is New Jersey governor Chris Christie? He’s signing bills that reduce the benefits to public-sector pensions. And he’s not hiding; he’s holding big ceremonies and posting the whole thing on YouTube.


On Senate Bill 2, over the next 15 years, $3 billion. On Senate Bill 4, $5 billion dollars over the next 15 years and most immediately about $315 million for the upcoming fiscal year for local governments and school boards. And on Senate Bill 4, capping some of the abuses that have really outraged the public regarding sick leave and other issues that finally we’ll be getting to put a cap on those things that have so angered the public and made them think that government was not really working to their benefit but working for someone else’s.

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Romney Is a Misfit for America

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Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More

Fire the FBI Chief

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
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

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