If Britain Were a U.S. State, It Would Be the Second-Poorest
An interesting new bit of original research by The Spectator's Fraser Nelson entitled "Why Britain Is Poorer Than Any US State, Other Than Mississippi" helps reconfirm the concept of American Exceptionalism even amid the Obama Malaise. First, Mr. Nelson takes a welcome swipe against the all-too-common habit of American self-criticism:
No one beats up America better than Americans. They openly debate their inequality, conduct rigorous studies about it, argue about economics versus culture as causes. Their universities study it, with a calibre of analysis not found in Britain. Americans get so angry about educational inequality that they make films like "Waiting for Superman." And the debate is so fierce that the rest of the world looks on, and joins in lamenting America's…[more]
Were Barack Obama gliding into a typical presidential dénouement — his last years in office spent primarily on ceremonial duties and trying to cement a legacy — all of the frustration about his perpetually declining work ethic — the serial rounds of golf, the fund-raising excursions, the leisurely dinners — would perhaps be moot. In ordinary times, there’s a lot to be said for a languid president, especially given the limited role envisioned for the office by the Constitution.
These, however, are no ordinary times.
In fact, Obama’s final years in office…
"NEW YORK — It's hard to make a really big protest march about just one thing. Back in the days of giant rallies against the Iraq war, all sorts of groups wanted in on the action. There were communists. Anarchists. Protesters mad about the Florida recount. Katrina justice groups. Civil rights organizations. And more. The crazy quilt of aggrieved demonstrators made it hard to keep the focus on…[more]
—Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent