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It’s great that they’ve got a friend. Now could they have an ally?

President Obama’s State of the Union address was full of liberal proposals that thankfully stand no chance of being enacted by this Congress: community-college subsidies premised on the idea that increased federal regulation is the path to improved performance; a global-warming agenda that does not pause to consider costs and benefits; subsidies for a form of child care that most American parents try to avoid; tax increases on the capital that is a prerequisite for the growth of the economy and wages; and so on. He is trying to pull politics to the left so that a future Congress will enact some of these ideas. Congressional Republicans would be wise to follow his example in this one respect: to set their sights on accomplishments beyond the next two years, and work to achieve them — not least by helping to elect a better president.​

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