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A portentous election in the Peach State

From the Right / George Will /

ATLANTA -- By the time Georgia's 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million -- perhaps more than $130 per ballot -- will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America's governments. This is an expensive funeral for Tip O'Neill's incessantly quoted and increasingly ...Read more

Federal power spins its ever-growing web

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- A blind spider creeping through America's judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government's business. If it is, what isn't?

The U.S. ...Read more

'Baumol's disease' explains flagging productivity

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Although William J. Baumol, who recently died at 95, was not widely known beyond the ranks of economists, all Americans are living with, and policymakers are struggling with, "Baumol's disease." It is one reason brisk economic growth is becoming more elusive as it becomes more urgent. And it is a disease particularly pertinent to ...Read more

Culture thrives when it's all shook up

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song "That's All Right." When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents' radio to the station and went to a movie. His mother pulled him from the theater because the DJ was playing the record repeatedly and wanted to ...Read more

'Animal House' governance

From the Right / George Will /

"But what good came of it at last?"
Quoth little Peterkin.
"Why that I cannot tell," said he,
"But 'twas a famous victory."
-- Robert Southey
"The Battle of Blenheim" (1798)

WASHINGTON -- Southey, a pacifist, wrote his anti-war poem long after the 1704 battle for which the Duke of Marlborough was awarded...Read more

Who wants to be a billionaire (in 1916)?

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Having bestowed the presidency on a candidate who described their country as a "hellhole" besieged by multitudes trying to get into it, Americans need an antidote for social hypochondria. Fortunately, one has arrived from Don Boudreaux, an economist at George Mason University's Mercatus Center and proprietor of the indispensable ...Read more

A president who does not know what it is to know

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about Donald Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.

In February, acknowledging ...Read more

Will France elect a Gallic Barack Obama?

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others’ political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate that of others. So, on May 7 they might confer their presidency on a Gallic Barack Obama.

In 2008, Obama, a freshman senator, became a national Rorschach test, upon whom Americans projected ...Read more

The ‘Oh, never mind’ president

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that “we are palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this regard, if in no other, the 45th president resembles the sixth.

Donald Trump’s “Oh, ...Read more

The battle against sex trafficking of minors

From the Right / George Will /

PHOENIX -- Three months ago, State Trooper Jonathan Otto, 33, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled over a car that had caught his attention by traveling 104 miles per hour long after midnight, just south of Kingman. He smelled marijuana in the car. It was driven by a man with an adult female wearing only lingerie. Their passenger ...Read more

A Case for Preventing Children’s Scraped Knees

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the transportation of parochial school pupils to classes -- but not on...Read more

What the Freedom Caucus Stands For

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- With a mellifluous name suggesting bucolic tranquility, Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, is an unlikely object of the caterwauling recently directed at him and the House Freedom Caucus he leads. The vituperation was occasioned by the HFC’s role rescuing Republicans from embracing an unpopular first draft of ...Read more

Experience America at the Time of the Great War

From the Right / George Will /

“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.”

-- Randolph Bourne (1886-1918)

WASHINGTON -- One hundred years ago, ...Read more

Our National Scourge of Misinformation

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Impulse control is unfashionable as well as unpresidential, but perhaps you should resist the urge to trip people who stride briskly down the sidewalk fixated on their phone screens, absorbed in texting and feeling entitled to expect others to make way. New technologies are shaping behaviors and dissolving civilities.

In 2005, ...Read more

Baseball Numbers Aren’t Difficult. But this Quiz Might Be.

From the Right / George Will /

Sportswriter: “You hit only two home runs all last year and already you’ve hit seven this year [1969]. What’s the difference?”

Reds outfielder Alex Johnson: “Five.”

WASHINGTON -- See? Baseball numbers aren’t difficult. But be precise: As players say after a close play, “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” And ...Read more

End the Filibuster’s Power of Obstruction

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The Senate’s coming confirmation of Neil Gorsuch will improve the Supreme Court, and Democrats’ incontinent opposition to him will inadvertently improve the Senate -- if Republicans are provoked to thoroughly reform the filibuster. If eight Democrats will not join the 52 Republicans in providing 60 votes to end debate and bring...Read more

An Oasis of Liberty in the Arizona Sun

From the Right / George Will /

PHOENIX -- As a boy, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the former senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee, would step out of his father’s house and shoot at tin cans 50 yards away. Now 78, he says he could fire in any direction and not endanger “anything but a cactus.” His father, born in 1909 in Arizona territory, three years before ...Read more

Whatever Replaces Obamacare Will Look a Lot Like Obamacare

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- “Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.”

The problem is not that, as is frequently said, no entitlement can be ended. The most ...Read more

Whatever Replaces Obamacare Will Look a Lot Like Obamacare

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- “Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.”

The problem is not that, as is frequently said, no entitlement can be ended. The most ...Read more

Questions for Judge Gorsuch

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary’s role. Herewith some pertinent questions:

-- Lincoln’s greatness began with his recoil from the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act, which empowered residents of those territories to decide whether to have slavery. The act’s premise was that “...Read more

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