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WILL: Detroit’s death by democracy

July 30, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Here, where cattle could graze in vast swaths of this depopulated city, democracy ratified a double delusion: Magic would rescue the city (consult the Bible, the bit about the multiplication of the loaves and fishes), or Washington would deem Detroit, as it recently did some banks and two of the three Detroit-based automobile companies, “too big to fail.” Continue Reading

WILL: Silence isn’t golden

July 17, 2013 in The Daily Republic

ACS numbers provide taxpayers with information necessary to direct government. Continue Reading

WILL: The vigorous virtues of Margaret Thatcher

April 10, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Former prime minister Britain’s most formidable woman since Elizabeth I.
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WILL: The art of good writing

March 13, 2013 in The Daily Republic

When asked to explain the brisk pace of his novels, Elmore Leonard said, “I leave out the parts that people skip.”
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WILL: A rally cry to tame spending

January 11, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Democrats not allergic to arithmetic must know the cost of their “fiscal cliff” victory.
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GEORGE WILL: Something’s brewing: Tea party will rise again

January 2, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

Deficit spending once was largely for investments building infrastructure, winning wars which benefited future generations, so government borrowing appropriately shared the burden with those generations. But now, continuous borrowing burdens future generations in order to finance current consumption. Continue Reading

WILL: Homestead Act was first comprehensive immigration law

December 26, 2012 in The Daily Republic

This is how the Homestead Act of 1862 is described by Blake Bell, historian at the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Neb., one of the National Park Service’s many educational jewels that make the NPS one of just two government institutions (the other is the U.S. Marine Band) that should be exempt from any budget cuts, for all eternity. Continue Reading

WILL: Conservatives need only bide their time

November 13, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Romney was a diligent warrior. Next time, Republicans need a more likable one.
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WILL: Status quo preserved

November 9, 2012 in The Daily Republic

WASHINGTON America’s 57th presidential election revealed that a second important national institution is on an unsustainable trajectory. The first, the entitlement state, is endangered by improvident promises to an aging population. It is now joined by the political party whose crucial current function is to stress the need to reform this state. And now the Republican Party, like today’s transfer-payment state, is endangered by tardiness in recognizing that demography is destiny. Continue Reading

WILL: Obama: The real radical, ‘progressive’ president

September 6, 2012 in The Daily Republic

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Four years ago, Barack Obama was America’s Rorschach test upon whom voters could project their disparate yearnings. To govern, however, is to choose, and now his choices have clarified him. He is a conviction politician determined to complete the progressive project of emancipating government from the Founders’ constraining premises, a project Woodrow Wilson embarked on 100 Novembers ago. Continue Reading