George Will / Politics

A Bell-Ringer In New Jersey

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Every 36 years, it seems Jeff Bell disturbs New Jersey's political order. In 1978, as a 34-year-old apostle of supply-side economics and a harbinger of the Reagan Revolution, he stunned the keepers of the conventional wisdom by ...

A New Case For Term Limits

"The legislative department is everywhere ... drawing all power into its impetuous vortex."

-- James Madison, Federalist 48

WASHINGTON -- Unfortunately, Congress' vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive ...

Battle Royal In Iowa

URBANDALE, Iowa -- The Machine Shed restaurant, where the waitresses wear bib overalls and suggest a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread as a breakfast appetizer, sells a root beer called Dang!, bandages made to look like bacon strips, and ...

High Stakes In Kansas

SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman's campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, "Tragic Prelude," that hangs in the capitol in Topeka. It depicts John Brown of Osawatomie, 39 miles south of here, as what he was, a ...

Cashing In On Voting

WASHINGTON -- The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of ...

Obama Needs Congress To Approve This War

WASHINGTON -- The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today's issue is not whether to declare war but ...