The Weekly Standard runs an unconvincing defense of the most bloated version. The substantive case is that we need infrastructure improvements. But solutions based on eliminating prevailing-wage statutes, privatizing work, or devolving the prioritization of projects to the states are completely ignored. As a political matter, we’re supposed to believe that fiscal conservatives won’t mind a massive spending hike because it’s paid for by an increase in the gas tax. A majority of the public supports the idea in polls! Well, so what? Polls will always find more support for higher taxes than there actually is. And you know who that 31 percent of the public who don’t like higher taxes are? Fiscal conservatives.
Yesterday the Supreme Court made headlines — but for the wrong case. Over a blistering dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas, the Court declined to hear a case that would decide whether a Medicaid recipient has a “private right of action to challenge a state’s determination of ‘qualified’ Medicaid ... Read More
The revelations of the last few days are, though disguised, the crash in ignominy of the Robert Mueller putsch. But they are far from the end of the story. While the sire of the Mueller hit-squad assault, former FBI director James Comey, declared 245 times at last Friday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing that ... Read More
The president wants them away from the border. Read More
It’s time to put a conspiracy theory to rest. It’s time to debunk a hoax. The conspiracy theory goes like this: The Trump-Russia investigation from its inception represented an attempt by Hillary Clinton’s allies in the federal government to intervene in the election to help Clinton. Everything that has ... Read More
This week, I did something that USA Today's executive leadership apparently hadn't done lately: I read the newspaper's "principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms." It's pretty highfalutin. The media manifesto of virtue, posted online, applies to all employees "working with any news platform, including ... Read More
It is strange how suddenly a skeptical Wall Street, CEOs, and even university and think-tank policy analysts are now jumping on the once-taboo Trump bandwagon on China: that if something is not done to stop China’s planned trajectory to global hegemony, based on its repudiation of the entire post-war trade and ... Read More
Updated 10:44pm At least three people were killed and at least 12 were injured Tuesday evening in a shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, according to the French Interior Minister. The lone gunman, flagged as a possible extremist, who opened fire just after 7 p.m., fled the scene and remains ... Read More