Magazine April 17, 2017, Issue

Letters

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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 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.

NR Editors includes members of the editorial staff of the National Review magazine and website.

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‘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 ...
Politics & Policy

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 ...
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 ...

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Hamilton on the Wrong Side of Cinema

Disney’s presentation of the Broadway blockbuster Hamilton marks a curious cultural turning point: The most heralded production in recent Broadway history has not been adapted into a movie — it’s a digital video recording of a 2016 stage performance — because it has to live up to its hype as an exclusive ... Read More

Hamilton on the Wrong Side of Cinema

Disney’s presentation of the Broadway blockbuster Hamilton marks a curious cultural turning point: The most heralded production in recent Broadway history has not been adapted into a movie — it’s a digital video recording of a 2016 stage performance — because it has to live up to its hype as an exclusive ... Read More
Elections

‘Slipping and Sliding down the Polls’

This is an excerpt from episode 233 of The Editors. Rich: So Jim Geraghty, I have the RealClearPolitics Biden versus Trump polling page up right here. I’m just going to read you some numbers going back to . . . This is a CNBC poll from the 10th and 12th of June. And I’m just going to run through to the ... Read More
Elections

‘Slipping and Sliding down the Polls’

This is an excerpt from episode 233 of The Editors. Rich: So Jim Geraghty, I have the RealClearPolitics Biden versus Trump polling page up right here. I’m just going to read you some numbers going back to . . . This is a CNBC poll from the 10th and 12th of June. And I’m just going to run through to the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Against Trump

Donald Trump leads the polls nationally and in most states in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. There are understandable reasons for his eminence, and he has shown impressive gut-level skill as a campaigner. But he is not deserving of conservative support in the caucuses and primaries. Trump is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Against Trump

Donald Trump leads the polls nationally and in most states in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. There are understandable reasons for his eminence, and he has shown impressive gut-level skill as a campaigner. But he is not deserving of conservative support in the caucuses and primaries. Trump is ... Read More
U.S.

The Worrisome Decline of Patriotism in America

Independence Day is a time to celebrate our country, but with patriotic sentiment at perhaps an all-time low, this year’s holiday is also an opportunity for us to remember how excruciatingly lucky we are to be American citizens. With nothing but bad news filling our screens in recent months, love of country has ... Read More
U.S.

The Worrisome Decline of Patriotism in America

Independence Day is a time to celebrate our country, but with patriotic sentiment at perhaps an all-time low, this year’s holiday is also an opportunity for us to remember how excruciatingly lucky we are to be American citizens. With nothing but bad news filling our screens in recent months, love of country has ... Read More