Magazine April 3, 2017, Issue

Insolvent Snowflakes

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Remember the time (around 2009–12) when America faced “the most predictable economic crisis in this nation’s history”? At least, that’s how then–House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan described it in his various “Roadmaps” and “Paths to Prosperity.”

He wasn’t alone. A seemingly endless array of politicians, pundits, and bipartisan commissions warned that by refusing to reform popular (yet fiscally unsustainable) entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, our nation’s leaders were (Ryan’s words again) jeopardizing “the distinctly American legacy of leaving the next generation better off.”

So, how’s that going? Unless I’m missing something, that looming crisis is no less predictable

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Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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Glittering Prizes

The disaster that overtook this year’s Oscar telecast in its closing moments, like so many strange events of the last two years, seemed almost scripted in its wild implausibility.

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Poetry

THE APOTHEOSIS OF DON JUNE Promiscuous as moonlight on sand, He pondered heaven by the foaming surf; And staring at its brilliant text he saw He’d never been voluptuous enough. There were so many things ...
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Letters

The Limits of Proportional Representation One must wrestle with two related issues when discussing gerrymandering: (1) If a state is divided 60–40 between Party A and Party B, and its ten neatly ...
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The Week

‐ He pounds his chest, he roars, he perches on high-profile Manhattan real estate, and he can only be tamed by a clever blonde lady: Who could have seen this ...

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