It Has Become Disturbingly Easy to Be a Criminal These Days

I don't have a lot in common politically with Thomas Edsall, but this piece, decrying "poverty capitalism" deserves to be read by lots and lots and lots of people. Edsall points out that in a host of municipalities and localities, being too poor to pay exorbitant court fines can get people tossed in jail. As …

How the Teacher Tenure System Helps Undermine Education

I am late to this, but Frank Bruni's editorial is well worth your time, especially since it shows that more and more Democrats are opposing the current tenure system in public schools. About the only shortcoming of the editorial is that it doesn't make the point that the current deleterious tenure system that prevails in so …

Russia Invades Ukraine

And no one should be surprised, of course; ever since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, the worry that Russia might invade has never been far from the minds of serious observers. The Ukrainian military is hardly well-equipped to make life miserable for Russian forces now fighting in its territory (alas), which means that Ukrainian …

Once Upon a Time, Warren Buffett Was Barack Obama’s Favorite Billionaire

He never should have been, of course, but never mind that for a moment. Focus instead on the fact that Warren Buffett just made life very inconvenient for a White House that professed to venerate his every word, thought, gesture and action:The White House might need a new poster child for its “tax fairness” campaign.Famed billionaire investor Warren Buffett, …

I Really Don’t Like Writing Blog Posts about Anti-Semitism . . .

But it is worth reminding people that contrary to the claims of the immoral and the benighted, anti-Semitism isn't "scarce" in the West (alas). Jeffrey Goldberg:On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries. (Yes, the …

Remember How Obamacare Is Supposedly No Longer a Campaign Issue?

Sure you do. Of course, the facts show that Obamacare remains very much a campaign issue--the unsubstantiated claims of Greg Sargent and Paul Krugman notwithstanding--and now, via InstaPundit, we have an indication that if anything, not enough is being made about the deleterious effects of health care "reform":Institutions say complying with the Affordable Care Act has caused …