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Jon Henke mounts a defense of the indefensible tax proposals being mounted by the Bush administration. After briefly defending the President’s transfer of the tax burden from capital to labor on supply-side grounds, he defends the removal of the tax incentive for employers providing health insurance on classic free market grounds. Jesse Taylor points out the […]

Gregoire for Governor, RIP

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On November 18, 2004

Well, I suppose it’s close enough that we should wait for the recount. This post isn’t legally binding, so I’ll just go ahead. Both Scott and I have issued strict warnings about shoo

Easterbrook

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On November 16, 2004

At some point last year, Christopher Hitchens took an insurmountable lead in the “idiocy in the name of contrarianism” contest he was having with Gregg Easterbrook. I missed this when it c

While I generally (if tentatively) agree with Ezra and the Moose that overturning Roe would be bad for the Republican Party at the national level (although, for reasons I’ve previously discussed, I think more states would ban abortion than is commonly assumed), I respectfully disagree with some of the other arguments Ezra makes: To be clear, I certainly […]

Oklahoma Politics

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On November 13, 2004
Ever wonder what it’s like to run for the Senate as a Democrat in Oklahoma? According to Brad Carson, there’s a downside. For one thing, you get invited to Churches to address the question, “How Would Jesus Vote?” And if you have the temerity to accept the offer, here’s how you’re treated: As I arrived at […]

Secular: Bush; Dry: Wet

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On November 13, 2004
While conceding that Christopher Hitchens’s latest unintentionally risible strawman-burning is not one of his finest efforts (myself, I can’t tell the difference), Michael Totten defends his central thesis, arguing that “[t]he American right is a better champion for secularism where it is most urgently needed. And for that they have my (partial) support.” Given that Totten explicitly […]

Canadian Irredentism

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On November 11, 2004

I challenge you to try to make sense of the following out-of context quote: “Every Turks & Caicos Islander knows a Canadian” is a common saying in the Islands. Perhaps the problem is t

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