The Bipartisan Power of the Outdoors

Just before the November election, Congress came together behind increased funding for a program that has helped protect natural places from Devil’s Lake to the Apostle Islands and thousands of areas like them around the country. Just in time, because the pandemic has spurred a renaissance in Americans’ love of the outdoors. By Spencer BlackContinue reading “The Bipartisan Power of the Outdoors”

The Harper’s Letter

Just after the Fourth of July last year, a group of writers, journalists, artists and academics issued a letter in support of free speech and other classically liberal ideas. It was printed in Harper’s Magazine and soon became known simply as “The Harper’s Letter.” What’s striking about it is that it was necessary at all.Continue reading “The Harper’s Letter”

Picking Around the Edges of the Covid Bill

All the attention right now is on some relatively minor adjustments leveraged by a few moderate Democrats. The changes are actually pretty insignificant. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) is, as I have written many times since Democrats took back the Senate by the narrowest of margins, the second most powerful man in America right now.Continue reading “Picking Around the Edges of the Covid Bill”

Bewley Says Voters Are Stupid, And That Was Really Dumb

Liberal Democrats have long had a problem with condescension. If you don’t agree with them, well, you’re just not understanding your own best interests. You really should just leave decisions about your life to those smart people in the Democratic Party. Comments made yesterday by state Sen. Janet Bewley and Congressman Mark Pocan underscore theContinue reading “Bewley Says Voters Are Stupid, And That Was Really Dumb”

Why Doesn’t GOP Want a Fair Fight?

Right now the Republican Party comes off like a bunch of arsonists demanding stronger fire codes. After spending months sewing doubt about what, by all accounts, was a free and fair election, the party is proposing “reforms” designed to fix the problems that exist only in the imaginations of unhinged conspiracy theorists. Don’t let theContinue reading “Why Doesn’t GOP Want a Fair Fight?”