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]
Federalism and the free market don't always go together, especially not in a Nanny-state like California.
Evidence is mounting that continued centralized control over issues like education and the environment erode state and local power under the Constitution. This week comes news of a fight brewing between Covered California - the local ObamaCare health insurance exchange – and Dave Jones, the state's Insurance Commissioner.
Jones wants the same power over health insurance rates as he currently wields over car and homeowners insurance. Like other bastions of liberalism, California law…
"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