Magazine | April 17, 2017, Issue

Letters

Faster and Faster

Health care is a deeply complicated subject, and the same goes for economics, and when the two collide, the results can get pretty technical. Despite all this, in your April 3 issue, Yuval Levin (“Scoring the GOP Health-Care Plan”) does an excellent job of explaining the ill-fated plan’s virtues and flaws. Still, there were points in the piece where even this highly motivated reader had trouble following all the math. Consider, for example, this sentence (emphasis added): “Second, it assumes that Medicaid spending growth will accelerate much faster than overall health spending in the coming years . . .” If I understand properly, this means that the rate of change of the rate of change of the rate of change of Medicaid spending will be a lot bigger than the same figure for overall spending. Yikes! I don’t know what that means, but it sounds almost as scary as single-payer.

Patricia C. Ellison

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Crisp Cal

David Harsanyi’s piece “Sensitive Senate” (March 6) reminded me of a funny story told about Calvin Coolidge. When he was governor of Massachusetts, two of the state senators had a bitter argument, which ended with one telling the other, “Go to hell.” The offended politician went to see Coolidge to ask him to address the matter. Coolidge told him, “I have looked up the law, senator. You don’t have to go.”

Isaiah Teichert

Big Sur, Calif.

Pennsylvania Avenue

Your March 20 issue (the Week) calls the game of Monopoly “perfect for the age of Trump.” In some ways, perhaps, it is; yet there are also key differences. To wit: In Monopoly, property has to be bought at the stated price, instead of getting it condemned with eminent domain; and when you go bankrupt, you have to actually stop playing.

Ralph Cromwell

Linden, N.J.

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Faster and Faster Health care is a deeply complicated subject, and the same goes for economics, and when the two collide, the results can get pretty technical. Despite all this, in ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Carlos the Jackal, the notorious Marxist terrorist, has just received his third life sentence in France. If he is getting bored with those, the United States does offer an ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

‘PREFERRING THESE BRIEF, TEMPERATE WINTER SESSIONS . . . ’ Preferring these brief, temperate winter sessions Beyond the dawn to any in the seasons, But realizing they will leave impressions, Not memories, for temperamental ...

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Elections

Kamala Harris Runs for Queen

I’m going to let you in on a secret about the 2020 presidential contest: Unless unforeseen circumstances lead to a true wave election, the legislative stakes will be extremely low. The odds are heavily stacked against Democrats’ retaking the Senate, and that means that even if a Democrat wins the White House, ... Read More
Energy & Environment

The Climate Trap for Democrats

The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same. Polls show that the public is worried about climate change, but that doesn’t mean that it is any more ready to bear any burden or pay any price to combat it. If President Donald Trump claws his way to victory again in Pennsylvania and the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

But Why Is Guatemala Hungry?

I really, really don’t want to be on the “Nicolas Kristof Wrote Something Dumb” beat, but, Jiminy Cricket! Kristof has taken a trip to Guatemala, with a young woman from Arizona State University in tow. “My annual win-a-trip journey,” he writes. Reporting from Guatemala, he discovers that many ... Read More
Culture

What We’ve Learned about Jussie Smollett

It’s been a few weeks since March 26, when all charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and the actor declared that his version of events had been proven correct. How’s that going? Smollett’s celebrity defenders have gone quiet. His publicists and lawyers are dodging reporters. The @StandwithJussie ... Read More
Politics & Policy

On Painting Air Force One

And so it has come to this. Two oil tankers were just attacked in the Gulf of Oman, presumably by Iran. The United States and China are facing off in a confrontation that is about far more than trade. The southern border remains anarchic and uncontrolled. And Congress is asking: “Can I get the icon in ... Read More