Magazine April 20, 2015, Issue

The Taxman Endureth

Ted Cruz’s abolish-the-IRS idea has little merit

‘Completely unworkable,” “irresponsible,” “happy talk,” “a disservice to the political process.” That’s just a sampling of what tax experts, most of them right of center, told me they think of one of the most popular lines from Ted Cruz’s stump speech, his promise that a President Cruz would abolish the Internal Revenue Service.

Senator Cruz has been talking about the idea for a couple of years now, but it got a bit more attention when he mentioned it in the speech he gave at Liberty University to officially launch his presidential campaign. The basic idea, according to his speeches and a

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

The Anti-Scold

The renegade British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been fired from his wildly popular automotive show, Top Gear, and his fans are not happy. A petition, hosted by Change.org, attracted ...
Politics & Policy

The Taxman Endureth

‘Completely unworkable,” “irresponsible,” “happy talk,” “a disservice to the political process.” That’s just a sampling of what tax experts, most of them right of center, told me they think of ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Majoring in Anthro

Not long ago, Eric Owens of the Daily Caller wrote an article about the latest antics of the American Anthropological Association. (They were threatening to boycott Israel.) He described anthropology ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Upper Crust

After more than two centuries as one of New York’s founding clans, the Roosevelts discovered that their family tree had so many branches that a woman could marry within the ...
Politics & Policy

On the Couch

Theodore Dalrymple begins this anti-psychology polemic with a quote from the great 17th-century memoirist François de La Rochefoucauld: “In the misfortunes of our friends, there is something not entirely unpleasing.” ...

Sections

Athwart

Persian Doormat

If the president wanted to give Iran nuclear weapons, how would he act differently? It’s a silly question. An executive order, obviously. No, these talks have been an attempt to ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

THE MOVEMENT ‘HE SHALL FEED HIS FLOCK’ FROM THE MESSIAH You bought me rest from wind and hail. I lay my head on the balcony rail. Crickets are seething all around. I lay my ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Mr. Republican’s Military In “Conservatarianism” (March 23), Charles C. W. Cooke characterizes “the Right’s traditional approach to defense” as being based on the “sober recognition that the global order requires a ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ The Left predicted that Jon Stewart’s succession by a biracial foreigner would be greeted with hate and fear from paranoid, partisan zealots. And they were right. ‐ Clean as a ...
The Long View

Announcing the 2017 MSNBC Schedule!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Announcing the 2017 MSNBC Schedule! Chelsea Clinton, president and CEO of MSNBC, the nation’s leading progressive Web- and mobile-based news and information network, announced a new lineup this afternoon. “This ...

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