Must Government Be a Big Waddling, Sluggish Beast?
BARONE: “Itinerant policy journalist Ezra Klein, now with the New York Times, has highlighted something interesting about the Biden Democrats’ now-defunct Build Back Better legislation — something beyond its huge price tag (in the trillions) and its failure in a Democratic Congress, much like the recent failure of California’s single-payer healthcare bill.
The Democrats’ major problem, Klein argues, is that they’re too unambitious, proposing only ‘a grab-bag of longstanding Democratic proposals” that mostly seek to close the “gaps” between the “social insurance options” of “any Western European nation.'” [CONTINUE READING]
Border Patrol Sees Significant Uptick in Fentanyl Seizures
According to Fox News: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Friday said it had seen a “substantial increase” in fentanyl seizures at the southern border in January, just as it confirmed that there were 153,941 migrant encounters last month.
CBP’s monthly operational update confirmed Fox News’ reporting on Wednesday that there had been 153,941 encounters in what is typically a slow month for border crossers. The number is nearly double the 78,414 migrant encounters in Jan 2021, and more than quadruple the 36,585 in Jan 2020. [CONTINUE READING]
6 Things We Know About the About the CIA’s Surveillance Program
From the Daily Caller: “I first met Patrick Jake – P.J. – O’Rourke at a Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick dinner in Washington many years ago. Over the clinking of ice cubes, he kindly permitted me to recollect some of his more memorable early works – later suggesting that some of the saltier pieces may be better off left in the past. But, beyond the banter and the laughter, what impressed me most about P.J. wasn’t his sense of humor; it was his humanity.” [CONTINUE READING]
The Freest State In the Nation
FEE: When the CATO Institute put out their 2021 rankings for Economic and Social Freedom in the 50 States, there was one winner in both categories overall…[Continue Reading]