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A counter for hysterics in Michigan

By George F. Will
DETROIT Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan …

Recourse to budgetary inaction

By George F. Will
PHOENIX From the Goldwater Institute comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other states’ legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move …

Can Ron Wyden open the door to real tax reform?

By George F. Will
The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who …

Jeb Bush’s challenge

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination. A candidacy by …

Take a swing at these ...

By George F. Will
“Andre Dawson,” Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully once said, “has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren’t we all?” Yes, so use some of …

When geography matters

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, said of Poland, perilously positioned between Russia and Germany: “If you pitch your tent in the middle of Fifth Avenue, it is quite likely you will be run over by a bus.” Poland has …

A half-century in denial over poverty

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Critics of Rep. Paul Ryan’s remarks about cultural factors in the persistence of poverty are simultaneously shrill and boring. Their predictable minuet of synthetic …

Buds of the socialist spring

By George F. Will
“Boys from another school pulled out the severed head of a classmate while fishing in a pond. His whole family had died. Had they eaten him first? Or had he survived the deaths of his parents only to be killed …

Anti-inequality policies foster inequality

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Someone who is determined to disbelieve something can manage to disregard an Everest of evidence for it. So Barack Obama will not temper his …

The benefits of prudence

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON In September 1958, a future columnist was unpacking as a college freshman when upperclassmen hired by tobacco companies knocked on his dormitory door, distributing free cigarettes. He and many other aspiring sophisticates became smokers. Six years later, when the …

The face of IRS behavior: Lois Lerner

By George F. Will
What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress. So, Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent …

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