Politics

Why Does Buchanan Scare Them?

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The hysterical reaction to Pat Buchanan's presidential bid is highly revealing. It says little about Buchanan but much about his critics. There is much in Buchanan's platform to object to, but it plays a small role in understanding the criticism. Buchanan is, to be sure, a protectionist. He falls for all the hoary protectionist fallacies that have long been exploded. ... [click for more]

Short-Circuit the Internet Tax

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The wish to tax sales over the Internet has only one explanation: greed. I use that word advisedly. It is typically thrown around promiscuously to smear business people who earn fortunes by making consumers better off. That's a bad use of the term. But if by "greed" ... [click for more]

King of Chaos: The Fiasco of Floyd

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Hurricane Floyd was quickly labeled "the King of Chaos" by southerners. Unfortunately, foolish evacuation orders and foul-ups disrupted the lives of far more people than were seriously hassled by the hurricane itself. Not surprisingly, the spin is on to portray "the largest peacetime evacuation in the history of the United States" as a triumph. Clinton administration officials wasted no time ... [click for more]

Public Master

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First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton apparently wants to represent New York state in the U.S. Senate. She says she wishes to serve the people of New York. Read that carefully. She wants to be their servant . Does anyone believe that? What I'm about to say does not apply just to Mrs. Clinton. It applies ... [click for more]

Moderation: Virtue or Vice?

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The death of Rhode Island Senator John Chafee provides an occasion to look at some fundamentals of what passes for political philosophy in the United States. Chafee was one of those Republicans best loved by big government advocates everywhere, including those at the editorial pages of the establishment newspapers. When he died of heart ... [click for more]

The Myth of Public Service

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The death of John F. Kennedy Jr. filled the airwaves with much rhapsodizing about "public service." Never mind that Kennedy did not go into public service, but rather launched a for-profit enterprise, George magazine (although it glamorizes public service). That didn't stop commentators and politicians from lavishing praise on the Kennedys for, as Vice President Al Gore put it, ... [click for more]

Group of Odd People

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What a sorry lot the GOP is. The frontrunner, Gov. George W. Bush, bases his campaign on the slogan "prosperity with a purpose." Pardon me? I have no idea what that means, but I don't like the sound of it. A president of the United States, and the irants ... [click for more]

Justice, Not Compassion

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If the 2000 presidential race continues as it has begun, we might all best take a long nap and wake up when it's over. It might be so insipid that we could all suffer a terminal case of boredom. How many of us are looking forward to a year and a ... [click for more]

Exploiting JFK Jr.’s Death

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Advocates of activist, overbearing government claim to be against exploitation. But they did not hesitate to exploit John F. Kennedy Jr. in death. Do you believe for a moment that the death of the son or daughter of any other ex-president (or even an ex-president himself!) would have set off the shameful media frenzy we ... [click for more]

Watering Down the Separation of Powers

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Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening is exercising political power that would be the envy of dictators all over the world. Declaring an emergency due to the current drought, Glendening has issued orders criminalizing the usage of water in Maryland. The governor's decrees prohibited watering lawns; topping swimming pools; washing ... [click for more]

What’s Compassion Got to Do with It?

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Gov. George W. Bush has distinguished himself from the pack of Republican presidential aspirants by calling himself a "compassionate conservative." Some conservatives have taken umbrage, charging that Bush's label implies that conservatives aren't generally compassionate. That lame response is to be expected of conservatives, who lack a coherent political philosophy. The better response is: ... [click for more]

Bill Clinton: World Cop

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In a major foreign-policy address delivered a few months back in San Francisco, President Bill Clinton solemnly affirmed that everything everywhere in the world is the business of the United States. If you ever entertained the thought that we Americans should be free just to live our lives, raise our families, and participate voluntarily in our communities — forget ... [click for more]
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