It can be a challenge to follow the pronouncements of President Trump, as he often seems to change his position on any number of items from week to week, or from day to day, or even from minute to minute. Consider his speech last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It was reported as “fiery” and “blistering,” but it was also full of contradictions.
A new federalism — a devolution of power and resources away from Washington and back to states, cities, towns and citizens, to let them resolve their problems their own way and according to their own principles — may be the price of retention of the American Union.
In a book published prior to the November 2016 elections, John Judis explained why populism — especially when it promotes a conservative agenda — is gathering support in the United States and Europe, threatening to overturn the “neo-liberal consensus.”
To make medicine great again, politicians need to fix outdated rules that are standing in the way of market innovation.
Senator John McCain receives friendly airtime and is relied upon for his perspective because of his willingness to stand apart from true conservatism — which is based on the U.S. Constitution’s limitation of the federal government.
Costs can be concealed but not eliminated. If people ignore costs and look only to benefits, they will do darn near anything, because everything has a benefit. Politicians love the fact that costs can easily be concealed. The call for import restrictions, in the name of saving jobs, is politically popular in some quarters. But few talk about the costs. We know there are costs because nothing is free.
Will the Golden State keep its gold in the state? That’s the threat, with California seeking ways to withhold funds from Washington after President Trump threatened the state with denial of federal funds.