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Opinion  /  November 14, 2012  / 

Uncle Sam Always Pays His Debts

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. – Alexander Tyler We are headed towards a “Fiscal Cliff” in 2013. If the partisan gridlock in Washington persists, America will face a barrage of spending cuts and tax increases. It’s not as bad as it sounds. For too many years, we’ve been taxing like a small government while spending like a big one. Too many Republicans view defense spending as sacrosanct, and are averse to increasing taxes. Too many Democrats view non-defense spending as sacrosanct, and are averse to increasing taxes on the middle class. Too … Continue reading

Opinion  /  November 7, 2012  / 

Don’t Blame Mitt

We live in a world where people often get judged based on results. We celebrate winners and criticize losers. In the coming months, Mitt Romney will likely face great criticism, especially as the Republican Party engages in “soul-searching” at its “crossroads.” Journalists and commentators will argue that Romney was a flawed candidate who ran a flawed campaign. Everybody will take turns telling stories about why Romney lost: Where did Mitt go wrong? Was it Big Bird? Binders full of women? The 47 percent? His tax returns? Or Clint Eastwood’s empty chair? Now that the election is over, and with the benefit of hindsight, many people will blame Mitt Romney. Such is the nature of our consequentialist ethic. But I prefer to offer an alternative perspective. Remember the candidates running in the Republican primaries? Mitt Romney was probably the most credible candidate that the GOP could have put up. Herman Cain … Continue reading

Opinion  /  September 19, 2012  / 

Senate Seat Is Warren’s to Lose

Is it possible that in a state as blue as Massachusetts, Senator Scott Brown would be able to repeat his 2010 feat and win a second race for Ted Kennedy’s seat? The conventional wisdom is that Brown might be able to prevail in a close election. The latest Kimball poll has Brown leading Elizabeth Warren among likely Massachusetts voters by 46 percent to 45 percent. The latest Intrade prediction gives Brown a 57 percent chance of winning. Nevertheless, I think that the dynamics of the race still favor Warren. Look, Brown is a formidable political opponent. He is an attractive 6’2″ ex-centerfold model who dons a colonel’s uniform, drives a GMC truck, and plays a good game of basketball. As Massachusetts Republicans go, you can’t get more moderate than Brown—he is pro-choice, accepts gay marriage, and has a centrist voting record. Neither does it hurt that Brown’s family speaks eloquently … Continue reading