- Jonah Goldberg on Arizona's
Immigration Law The Los Angeles Times columnist throws his support behind the
controversial law, which he finds unsettling but necessary in light of
"Washington's inability to take illegal immigration seriously." As a
result, necessity trumps possible future civil rights violations in
Goldberg's mind. "There are many government functions that are
unappealing to one extent or another," he declares. "That is not in
itself an argument against them. The Patriot Act was ugly -- and
- Anne Applebaum on Britain's Tea Party A week before
the U.K. elections, Applebaum profiles Nick Clegg, the third party
candidate who could become "the beneficiary of the biggest revolution
among British voters in decades." The Liberal Democratic Party
candidate's growing support could result in a coalition government with
dire consequences for Britain's system of government. "The Lib Dems
could form a coalition with either party, but Clegg has said that his
price will be a new British voting system. This would mean, for the
British, an unthinkable, revolutionary change." Applebaum concludes Clegg "is perfectly happy to vote for the end of politics as we know it.
The faster the better, please."
- Robert Samuelson on Financial
Reform's Big Unknowns Think financial regulatory reform will bring an
end to future economic crises? "History counsels caution," warns Robert Samuelson, surveying the
unintended consequences of past regulatory legislation. The Washington
Post columnist points out that the reforms of the 1990s are responsible
for the shadow banking system that led to the crash, while reminding
readers that the occasional panic is not only inevitable but often
desirable. Government regulation should not lull investors into a false
sense of security; what if the next panic emerges from runaway federal
debt? "The irony would be clear," muses Samuelson. "While preaching
financial reform, the White House and Congress fomented the next crisis
by sanctioning long-term budget deficits."
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