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Reforming Crime, Not Criminals?

“The D.C. Council gave final approval this week to a measure decriminalizing Metro fare evasion,” The Washington Post reports, “paving the way for fare-jumping to become a civil offense punishable by a $50 fine in the District.” Talk about stopping crime “in its tracks.” Jumping the turnstile won’t be classified

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An Expert Explains Failure

The failures of the public high schools in the District of Columbia go on an on. It is quite a scandal, as I explained this weekend at Townhall. And yet some “charter schools that serve large populations of children from low-income families,” notes the Washington Post, after providing much detail

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The Problem with Public Accounts

President Trump’s promise not to cut one dime from Social Security and Medicare doesn’t square with the fiscal cliff these programs are headed for. To save the system, benefits must be cut, taxes must be raised, or both. Or else replace the system. No wonder, then, that John Stossel insists

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No Other Options?

Long I have criticized the Washington, DC, Metro — the transit authority in our nation’s imperial capital — most recently in March. But I am foursquare in support of the government body’s recent hazard warning: “Only take Metro if you have no other option.” Good general principle. But what’s the

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The Trump Trade Enigma

President Donald J. Trump, former “reality TV” star, often seems merely to skirt reality. “Our trade deficit ballooned to $817 billion,” President Trump exaggerated to the “men and women of U.S. Steel” last week.  “Think of that. We lost $817 billion a year over the last number of years in

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Ask the Next Question

Republicans are very reliable. When given our system’s “Mandate of Heaven” — majorities in both houses of Congress and the Presidency — they can be relied upon to do one thing: add debt by piling up huge deficits. It happened under George W. Bush, and it is happening under Donald

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Trump’s Biggest Secret?

“This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers,” says Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), “and White House’s ‘plan’ is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches.” Referring to Donald Trump’s tariff brinksmanship with China, Sasse is decrying Trump’s request to Congress for compensatory farm subsidies. Sasse insists that

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Poison Is Poisonous

Venezuela’s socialist economy has been collapsing. No big mystery. If, out of hostility to capitalism, a society keeps destroying everything that production, trade, and prosperity depend upon, the economy suffers. The benefits of markets don’t flow no matter what. One assault has taken the form of hyperinflation — runaway printing

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Kick the Addiction, Save Money

The political case for the War on Drugs has always been intuitive. “Drugs are bad” has trumped practical concerns. But the actual, responsible case for the political crusade has depended upon some concept of “social cost.” Now that marijuana is being legalized state by state, the case against the greater War

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Taking a (Lemonade) Stand

When life hands you lemons. . . . Once upon a time, putting up a summertime lemonade stand was the American way for kids to learn about hard work, good will, and entrepreneurship. Almost every kid had one, making some spendable profit selling the nectar.* Some of the youngsters grew

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Blame the App?

Who spreads “fake news”? Gossips, politicians, publicity agents, Twitter eggs, partisan bloggers, lying news journalists? Or . . . the medium of communication they use? Do envelopes, stationery, telephones, email, and messaging apps have moral agency? And who commits the crimes that news (true or false) is used to rationalize?

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Not Fine with Feinstein?

Could it be that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, may not be liberal enough? The San Francisco Democrat has ostensibly represented the Golden State in the United States Senate for the last 26 years. Before that, Feinstein spent eight years on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and then a

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