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.
The San Antonio city council has voted to block Chick-fil-A from opening a store in its airport to punish it for donating to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army. No, really. Here's the report, from Fortune: Don’t plan on getting a Chick-Fil-A sandwich next time you fly through San ... Read More
The government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand has, with the support of the opposition, decided to enact fundamental changes in the nation’s firearms laws less than a week after the massacre at two Christchurch mosques. This is the opposite of leadership. It is also an example of why ... Read More
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There will soon enough be an effort to memory-hole it, but the media coverage of the Russia investigation was abysmal and self-discrediting — obsessive and hysterical, often suggesting that the smoking gun was right around the corner, sometimes supporting its hoped-for result with erroneous, too-good-to-check ... Read More
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including all you whippersnappers under the age of 50), I’m writing this from somewhere over the Atlantic. At least I hope that’s ... Read More
One of the stranger arguments that I heard throughout the Mueller saga -- and am hearing today, now that it's turned out to be a dud -- is that Donald Trump's irritation with the process was unreasonable and counterproductive. This tweet, from CNN's Chris Cilizza, is a nice illustration of the genre: Donald ... Read More
Attorney General William Barr on Sunday delivered to Congress a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's findings, setting off what is sure to be a protracted partisan battle over how much of the report will eventually be made public. According to Barr's summary of the report, Special Counsel Robert ... Read More