Federalism essentially allows us a controlled experiment in which we can examine which policies work and which don't by examining the contrasts between states that have chosen different paths. The results, as Joel Kotkin notes at the Daily Beast, are pretty lopsided:
The North and South have come to resemble a couple who, although married, dream very different dreams. The South, along with the Plains, is focused on growing its economy, getting rich, and catching up with the North’s cultural and financial hegemons. The Yankee nation, by contrast, is largely concerned with preserving its privileged economic and cultural position—with its elites pulling up the ladder behind themselves.
... While the Northeast and Midwest have become increasingly expensive places for…[more]
On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for their second debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Unlike his listless performance in the first debate in Denver, the president this time was energetic and aggressive. What he wasn’t, however, was particularly cogent. Here, then, are some of his most misleading statements of the night:
On Education (in response to a college student’s question about employment prospects after graduation): “…the fact that you’re going to college is great, but I want everybody to get a great education…
"The Obama administration and European leaders, so predictably, are swooning over Iran’s newly elected 'pragmatic moderate' president Hassan Rouhani, who is actually a Khomeini disciple and supporter of the current, despicable Khameini regime — and who (a) would not have been permitted to run without the regime’s blessing, (b) enthusiastically supports Iran’s nuclear program…[more]
—Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor
— Andrew C. McCarthy, Legal Commentator, Terrorism Expert and Former Federal Prosecutor