The Washington Post ran a good story about how sugar subsidies persist notwithstanding the absence of any plausible argument — liberal, conservative, or otherwise — in their favor. The basic answer, I think, is that while the costs of these subsidies outweigh the benefits those costs are also more concentrated: The beneficiaries care about the policy more than the losers. The article ends with a quote from Representative Ted Yoho (R., Fla.), who is normally part of the more-principled-than-thou caucus: “I ran on limited government, fiscal responsibility and free enterprise, but when you’ve got programs that have been in place and it’s the accepted norm, to just go in there and stop it would be detrimental to our sugar growers.” Of course it’s going to be “detrimental” to recipients of unjustified subsidies to lose them. That’s a “principle” by which you could never repeal, roll back, or reform anything. The whole Florida delegation is terrible on this issue, including Senator Marco Rubio.
President Trump urged the president of Turkey in a phone call Monday not to "mistreat" Kurdish forces who have fought alongside U.S. troops against the Islamic State. “The President expressed the desire to work together to address Turkey’s security concerns in northeast Syria while stressing the importance ... Read More
It’s déjà vu all over again. A federal judge has blocked a lawful Trump-administration policy, essentially enshrining the Obama administration’s policy choices in social-justice granite. The practical result is a judicial equivalent of a one-way ratchet. The pattern is clear: Step One: The Obama ... Read More
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Kamala Harris is set to announce her candidacy for president sometime around Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What sort of chief executive would she be? Well, here’s your first clue: On December 5, Harris posed a series of written questions to Brian Buescher, President Trump’s nominee for district court in ... Read More
Democrats and others on the left offer three reasons for their opposition to building a wall on America's southern border. 1. A wall is ineffective. 2. A wall is too expensive. 3. A wall is immoral. Each one is false, so false as to constitute lies. So, the only question is: Do Democrats and others on ... Read More
Let’s begin with a series of difficult questions. What should the FBI do when it possesses information that causes trained counterintelligence officials to fear that the president of the United States is — either knowingly or unknowingly — falling under the influence of a hostile foreign power? Should the ... Read More