Responsibly Reforming the Welfare State

Today, James Pethokoukis tweeted this old blog post of his. I think that it is a good one: . . . while the recovery’s glacial pace, both in terms of GDP and jobs, is unacceptable, the safety net’s performance is encouraging. The pain from the Great Recession, as bad it was, would have been far worse …

When Regulations Attack . . . and Small Government Advocates Are Responsible

I understand that certain regulations are necessary to prevent fraud, or to ensure that a certain class of individuals aren't made eligible for a certain class of benefits. But I am with Will Baude and Jacob Levy, who criticize the fact that in the latest farm bill, small-government advocates (Republicans, specifically) have helped ensure the existence …

Honesty Is Not Rachel Maddow’s Policy

I understand that Rachel Maddow is interested in blaming the Koch BrothersTM for just about every bad thing that happens on this planet, and on multiple others. But when the connection between the Kochs and A Bad Thing is "tenuous" at best, and when the connection may not exist at all, MSNBC should probably pass …