The Corner

I Don’t

Count me unimpressed by the Bush administration’s forthcoming proposal to spend $1.5 billion promoting marriage. Isn’t federal spending already out of control? Besides, what are they going to do, subsidize wedding-ring purchases? (Actually, they’re going to sharpen “interpersonal skills.” Good luck!) As fate would have it, the feminist enemies of marriage are trying their best to get me to support the White House on this one. Just look at this dimwitted comment from NOW: “Such programs intrude on personal privacy, may ignore the risk of domestic violence and may coerce women to marry.” Oh please. Is it possible for both sides to lose this debate?

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.