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Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: "It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us." Perhaps today's 115th Congress will resume the ...Read more

A new paean to progressivism overlooks why Americans lost trust in government

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Is there anything more depressing than a cheerful liberal? The question is prompted by one such, historian David Goldfield, who has written a large-hearted book explaining that America's problems would yield to government's deft ameliorating touch if Americans would just rekindle their enthusiasm for it.

Goldfield's new book, "The...Read more

In Oregon, progressivism spills over at the pump

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles." Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind, which has something to do with it being impeccably progressive: In the series "Portlandia," the mention of artisanal lightbulbs might be satirical...Read more

How merit-based college admissions became so unfair

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to the development of the atomic bomb that he was at Alamogordo on July 16, 1945. His most ...Read more

Dent's departure makes Allentown vulnerable to Democrats

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- It is almost a law of our political physics: Those who choose to leave Congress thereby demonstrate qualities that make one wish they would linger here longer. After seven terms in the House of Representatives, which followed eight years in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives and six in the state Senate, Republican Charlie Dent...Read more

After the tax overhaul, America needs a balanced-budget amendment more than ever

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Today's political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given substantially more government goods and services than they should be asked to pay for. ...Read more

When judicial deference becomes dereliction of duty

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin's Supreme Court can soon right a flagrant wrong stemming from events set in motion in 2014 at Milwaukee's Marquette University by Cheryl Abbate. Although just a graduate student, she already had a precocious aptitude for academic nastiness.

On Oct. 28, in an undergraduate course she was teaching on ethics, when the ...Read more

We don't need government to remind us that smoking kills

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Preaching morality while practicing cupidity can be tricky, but various American governments have done it for years regarding smoking. This mental contortion now has a new chapter. The four largest American tobacco companies (Altria, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Philip Morris) are, under government compulsion, funding newspaper and ...Read more

SCOTUS case could enhance public workers' rights

From the Right / George Will /

SEATTLE -- It is protected by Washington state's lopsidedly Democratic political class, which knows who butters its bread. It has been provided with bespoke law, tailored for its comfort. Nevertheless, the Service Employees International Union has been so avaricious in its objectives and so thuggish in its methods that it has been bested by the ...Read more

The survival of the shrillest

From the Right / George Will /

"The intellectual cannot operate at room temperature." -- Eric Hoffer, "First Things, Last Things" (1971)

WASHINGTON -- Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) meant that intellectuals in his day tended not to be temperate. In our day, this defect -- moral overheating -- has been democratized: Anyone can have it. Now, everybody can be happily furious, ...Read more

Whirlpool has Washington in a spin cycle

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- A household appliance will be the next steppingstone on America's path to restored greatness. The government is poised to punish many Americans, in the name of protecting a few of them, because, in the government's opinion, too many of them are choosing to buy foreign-made washing machines for no better reason than that the buyers...Read more

By endorsing Moore, Trump sunk the US presidency to unplumbed depths

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The first time ended badly, so when, 156 years later, Alabamians were incited to again try secession, this time from the national consensus that America is a pretty nice place, they said: No. No, that is, to rubbish like this:

Interviewer: "[Ronald Reagan] said that Russia was the focus of evil in the modern world."

Roy Moore: "...Read more

The Republicans' tax wager is worth the gamble

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The Republicans' tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation's shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze alumni of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, which were 85 and 158 years old, respectively, when ...Read more

When is making a cake constitutionally protected speech?

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The conversation about a cake lasted less than a minute but will long reverberate in constitutional law. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear 60 minutes of speech about when, if at all, making a cake counts as constitutionally protected speech and, if so, what the implications are for the Colorado Civil Rights ...Read more

On sports gambling, the Supreme Court should bet on federalism

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- American democracy's comic opera frequently features collaborations of "bootleggers and Baptists." These entertainments are so named because during Prohibition, Baptists thought banning Demon Rum would improve public morals (oh, well) and bootleggers favored the ban because it made scarce a commodity for which there was a demand ...Read more

College basketball season begins under odiferous clouds

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Although it is plausible to suspect this, it is not true that the Credit Mobilier scandal of the late 1860-early 1870s (financial shenanigans by politicians and others surrounding construction of the Union Pacific Railroad) and the 1920s Teapot Dome scandal (shady dealings by politicians and others concerning government oil leases)...Read more

A nod, and a nodding off, to another year of American hilarity

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, is unjustly blamed for what mere gluttony does, making Americans comatose every fourth Thursday in November. But before nodding off, give thanks for another year of American hilarity, including:

A company curried favor with advanced thinkers by commissioning for Manhattan's financial district ...Read more

In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting 'blue model'

From the Right / George Will /

Not without thy wondrous story, Illinois, Illinois,

Can be writ the nation's glory, Illinois, Illinois.

-- official state song

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- This state's story, which lately has been depressing, soon will acquire a riveting new chapter. In 2018 Illinois will have the nation's most important, expensive and strange election.

Its ...Read more

Alabama rolls toward a high-stakes skirmish

From the Right / George Will /

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- But for the bomb, the four would be in their 60s, probably grandmothers. Three were 14 and one was 11 in 1963 when the blast killed them in the 16th Street Baptist Church, which is four blocks from the law office of Doug Jones, who then was 9.

He was born in May 1954, 13 days before the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of...Read more

Repeal and replace the tax code

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The Republicans' tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the Office of Management and Budget, former Indiana governor) to say: Wouldn't it be nice to have a tax code that looked as though it had been designed on purpose? Today's bill, which is 429 pages and is apt ...Read more

 

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