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Resume Checking

I don’t get it. Presumably the FBI does background checks. Presumably Congress has some teeny degree of oversight. When my wife was hired as a speechwriter the FBI background check took months. How is that a lowly resume doesn’t get fact-checked for a Senate-confirmed position? I’m not trying to score points against Congress or Bush, I really just don’t understand how government can spend months snooping around to make sure a guy isn’t secretly a former KGB agent or al-Qaeda operative but doesn’t bother fact-checking a standard resume. You’d think that’s where you’d start and work your way out from there. Or am I missing something?

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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