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Successful Strategy Fails

A dark cloud hangs over tonight’s debate. Not the sex assault scandals. Not the WikiLeaks email apocalypse. Not even the banning of Gov. Gary Johnson from the debate stage. I refer, instead, to the obvious failure of American foreign policy. Last week, U.S. warships in the Red Sea received missile

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Report from the Lab

The State of Idaho does something the federal government should emulate. The only state I can think of that has a popular candy bar named after it has a legislature that regularly nixes regulations made by the state’s executive branch. Think of it as a line-item veto for the legislature.

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Half a Sawbuck for Civilization

Just gave a fiver to a sixth grader . . . to help the public schools. He was going door to door, which I’ve had occasion to do, and he was nice and well-spoken. Glad to give. And it was only five bucks — that’s what I had in my

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Duck/Rabbit, Maiden/Crone, and Taxes

Revolution! Must we? Can’t we reform at a reasonable pace? Well, whether we change slowly or quickly, change must occur. Today’s in-place policies are not stable. But a better future itself must be stable. Or else it will not be better. And a key to successful change is change in

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America After November

Yesterday, I bemoaned the disaster that is this year’s presidential race. But big whup. As the LifeLock commercial rightly asks, “Why monitor a problem if you don’t fix it?” Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next president. That means we have our work cut out for us. And

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We Take the Bullet

“[I]f someone puts a gun to your head,” argues David Boaz of the Cato Institute, “and says you have to choose between Clinton and Trump, the correct answer is, take the bullet.” Then, proving the axiom “it can always get worse,” came Friday’s twin revelations: the Washington Post broke the

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How Insidious the Plot?

The story of the Wisconsin John Doe raids against conservatives, covered yesterday and the day before, is a big one. Huge. So I now continue. The rest of the story? Recently, materials that police seized from the subjects of those dawn raids were leaked, illegally, to the Guardian newspaper —

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A Morning After

Yesterday we celebrated the end to “a disgraceful episode in Wisconsin history” — the dawn police raids of the so-called John Doe investigations against conservatives alleged to have violated campaign finance regulations. State and federal courts ruled that no laws were broken and some laws were unconstitutional — certainly Milwaukee

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It’s Morning in Wisconsin

Regarding mornings, put me in Sheriff Hopper’s camp. He’s the Stranger Things character, repeatedly informing folks: “Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.” Speaking of stranger things, who expects an early morning SWAT-like police raid on their home? Three years ago, yesterday, that happened to Cindy Archer, and other conservatives in

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The Choice That Isn’t

Americans are used to being betrayed by their political representation. This long series of infidelities has led to the current predicament, where the Republican and Democratic parties present us with the opposite of what most Americans want. Why this vexing stalemate? History. The current Democratic President, Mr. Obama, gained both

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It’s over . . . but it’s not. A conscientious Show-Me state activist has won his case, but . . . A year ago, the unethical Missouri Ethics Commission fined Ron Calzone $1,000 for not paying a silly $10 fee. To register as a lobbyist. They also ordered him to

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How to Corrupt Politicians Without Really Trying

In a column last January, I argued that politicians weren’t “stupid,” as Mr. Trump had loudly proclaimed — to few objections. The problem is worse: too many politicians lack honesty and integrity. They’re in the politics biz for their own lucrative ends. Six weeks ago, I declared — again,

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