Iraq and the road not taken
Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, most Americans appear to believe that the war was not worthwhile. Perhaps they are correct, but we cannot know for sure because we do not know what would have happened. Consider, for example, the run-up to World War II. Churchill believed that the time when Hitler could have been stopped without a major war would have been when | Read More »
Why do we need a deal?
Perhaps the best way forward for the GOP addressing the “fiscal cliff” is to play small ball and just pass bills patching specific items. One bill that extends the expansion of the family tax credit, one that preserves the 10% tax bracket, one that extends the payroll tax cut, and also bills extending the capital gains and dividend tax cuts. Clean bills that don’t do | Read More »
House should pass a bill to tax the rich and repeal Obamacare.
The House should pass a bill that repeals Obamacare while giving Obama everything else he wants from the fiscal cliff policies. I expect even Grover Norquist would approve of that tradeoff. The bill would repeal the Bush tax cuts on those earning over $250,000 per year while making the rest of them permanent, extend the unemployment benefits, repeal the sequesters, and do whatever Obama’s latest | Read More »
Would Lugar have won?
Lots of complaints on this blog and elsewhere about the decision of Indiana GOP primary voters to nominate Richard Mourdock instead of letting Richard Lugar continue to seek his seventh term. Of course, it is impossible to re-run history to see what would have happened, but I suggest that Lugar’s re-election would have been far from a slam dunk. First of all, Sen. Lugar was | Read More »
Towards better arguments regarding rape and abortion
Watching the recent controversies on this blog and elsewhere over the attempts of Senate candidates Mourdock and Akin to explain why they oppose abortion even in cases of rape, it has become apparent that the difficulty in explaining that position extends well beyond those two gentlemen. I suggest that this is a byproduct of the long-standing focus of pro-lifers on establishing that life begins at | Read More »