If his exceedingly narrow margin over Sean Parnell holds up, Don Young may have been helped by a late endorsement by Ron Paul, who praised the Alaska congressman for his opposition to environmental extremists. Paul finished third in the Alaska caucuses (once polling even better) and his supporters have had some impact within the state GOP. I’ve always given Paul a pass for his appetite for earmarks because he has consistently voted for actual spending reductions and against unconstitutional appropriations bills, and because I think earmarks as a fiscal conservative issue are wildly overrated.
But if earmarks played even a small role in the Good Doctor’s support for an obnoxious big spender like Young, it is as a good an argument for the unhealthy incentives created by the earmarking process as any I’ve seen. Relatedly, when I interviewed Tom DeLay recently I mentioned Paul. The Hammer replied, “I love Ron Paul! Who do you think helped him with all his earmarks?”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?