By Michael Barone | 11/22/13 07:59 PM
Are Republican politicians trying to frame a policy agenda stuck in a Reagan rut? A good case can be made that they are — or have been. Tax cuts have been a staple of Republican platforms since Jack Kemp persuaded Ronald Reagan to back a 30 percent tax rate cut in the 1980 campaign....
By Michael Barone | 11/22/13 02:51 PM
Economist Bryan Caplan notes that support for gun control--specifically, banning handguns or pistols--has decreased dramatically since the 1950s and 1960s. Back in 1959 Gallup reported that 60% of Americans favored banning possession of "pistols and revolvers," while now 74% oppose banning "the...
By Michael Barone | 11/21/13 09:28 AM
Is the Republican Party dead, as some Democratic pundits were chortling in the last days of the government shutdown just a little more than a month ago? The obituary seem premature, at least judging from four state special legislative elections this week.
By Michael Barone | 11/20/13 06:06 PM
The defects of the Obamacare website have become well known. But the problems with the law go further than the website. These problems are not incidental but central to its design and the intentions of its architects. Many Obamacare backers, including Barack Obama, would prefer...
By Michael Barone | 11/19/13 04:33 PM
Evidence keeps coming in support of the arguments I have made repeatedly, in my recent book Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Have Transformed America and Its Politics, in several Washington Examiner columns and blog posts, and on Fox News' "Power Play," that we are not likely to see...
By Michael Barone | 11/15/13 01:29 PM
“The Affordable Care Act’s political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week.” That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday. That was the day after the release of a...
By Michael Barone | 11/13/13 06:00 PM
Colorado, writes National Journal's always-insightful Ronald Brownstein, is “America, writ small.” “A microcosm,” he goes on, “of the forces destabilizing American politics.”
By Michael Barone | 11/12/13 05:58 PM
Looking over last week's referendum votes in the states, I believe I see a common thread in most -- not quite all, but most -- of the results. It's similar to what I describe in a Washington Examiner column last June, in which I saw libertarian trends on marijuana, gay rights and gun rights.
By Michael Barone | 11/08/13 05:53 PM
When American politicians get around to reforming their immigration laws, they tend to look backwards. They seek to address immigration problems in the past rather than look ahead and set policy that will strengthen the nation in the future. That’s true, in my opinion, of the bipartisan...
By Michael Barone | 11/06/13 05:38 PM
In an August Washington Examiner column, I argued that this year’s gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia would have little precedential significance, unlike some other off-year elections in those states. Boiled down, my argument was that in New Jersey you had a governor who...
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