Trump Gives the Voters What They Want, GOP Should Be Worried

Donald Trump is running (and winning) on a platform that bypasses GOP establishment orthodoxy. Establishment Republicans are trying to argue that that places Mr. Trump in conflict with the party’s beliefs, but they’re exactly wrong: Donald Trump isn’t less of what the Republican party has been over the last several decades, he is more of it. Continue reading

Time for Rand Paul’s Political Obituary

Rand Paul just declared has candidacy for President, and is possibly the most intriguing of this year’s candidate stable. Equipped with a potent activist base and ideas that resonate with a diversity of voters, it might seem premature to declare the end of his presidential candidacy, but The Fog of Policy thinks it helps to call a spade a spade: Rand Paul will never be President. Continue reading

The GOP Tells Youngsters They Don’t Need Health Insurance

The most interesting thing in American politics right now isn’t the beltway fight that’s been receiving most of the attention; rather it’s the less visible fight going on in the states. The self-styled party of personal responsibility and the free market is telling people not to purchase healthcare from private providers. Why? Continue reading

Against the Grain: What are we waiting for? Washington shows the country why it’s time for a third party

Good news: you no longer have to read Waiting for Godot – Samuel Becket’s drama about characters who drift through life without purpose, waiting for a resolution that never comes. As Peter Coy has pointed out, we’ve all been living inside Washington’s theatre of the absurd for a little while now. Continue reading

Everyone is to Blame, But Some Are More to Blame Than Others With Few Adults in the Room, Gov't Shuts Down

Happy government shutdown! After years of flirting with the idea, folks in Washington have finally gotten their act together and failed to pass spending authority for the federal government. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill failure of leadership, this is really exceptional stuff.
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