George Washington and Thanksgiving

Yuval Levin and Adam J. White at National Review: Each Thanksgiving calls to mind early Thanksgivings — at Plymouth in 1621, of course, but perhaps also in the nation’s capital in 1789. In October of that year, just months into the nation’s new constitutional...

Blinken on What America Represents

Anthony Blinken, on his nomination to be Secretary of State: For my family, as for so many generations of Americans, America has literally been the last best hope on earth. My grandfather, Maurice Blinken, fled pogroms in Russia and made a new life in America. His...

Debt and Free Lunch

Some policymakers think that the federal debt is a free lunch: growth rates will always exceed interest rates, allowing growth itself to reduce the debt.  This theory is badly flawed, explain Sita Slavov and Alan Viard at The Hill: There is always a chance that the...

Lessons from the Cultural Revolution

Alexander Hamilton, Feberalist 6: A man must be far gone in Utopian speculations who can seriously doubt, that if these States should either be wholly disunited, or only united in partial confederacies, the subdivisions into which they might be thrown would have...

Deficit and Debt

From the Congressional Budget Office: In fiscal year 2020, which ended on September 30, the federal budget deficit totaled $3.1 trillion—more than triple the shortfall recorded in fiscal year 2019. Much of that amount was the result of the economic effects of the...

Read Widely

Jonath Goldberg at The Dispatch: Here’s a small life hack: If you’re a right-winger, you should read more left-wing stuff, particularly if you currently don’t read any at all. And, if you’re a left-winger, vice versa. I used to read a lot of left-wing stuff. Indeed,...

Motion to Recommit

Sarah Ferris, Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan at Politico: Democratic leaders, under pressure from across the caucus, are mulling ways to blunt a procedural tactic Republicans have used to divide their caucus on the floor. The GOP has repeatedly weaponized the...

Modeling Civility

Erica L. Manuel at CalMatters: Local elected officials can and should step up and lead by example to model unity and encourage public trust and confidence. Cities statewide can view the recent election as the proverbial “reset button” and embrace changes to the...