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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy clarifies Trump’s misconception of himself as someone who is chary of government coercion [2]. A slice:

The problem is that for a guy who claims to be against government coercion, he certainly goes out of his way to guarantee that our future will be filled with government coercion.

For instance, during his very long speech, Trump never even mentioned the debt, which has reached $22 trillion, or the annual budget deficits [3], which are heading surely and permanently over the $1 trillion mark. While past Republican presidents may not have been fully honest about their commitment to fiscal responsibility, they at least felt that it was important to maintain the appearance of caring.

Not this president. In fact, according the Washington Post [4], when the president gave a preview of the speech to supporters and was asked why there was no mention of the debt, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney candidly replied, “Nobody cares.”

Megan McArdle exposes the sham of “Progressives'” attack on my former GMU colleague (from over in the Scalia Law School) Neomi Rao [5].

Justin Bogie calls on politicians to stop abusing declarations of “disaster. [6]

John Tamny argues that David Malpass’s skepticism of the World Bank is a feature, rather than a bug, of his being nominated to be the next president of that institution [7].

Reactions from sane people to AOC’s and some other “Progressivess'” insane “Green New Deal” are pouring in. Here are a few:

Kimberly Strassel [8] (“The Republican Party has a secret weapon for 2020. It’s especially effective because it’s stealthy: The Democrats seem oblivious to its power. And the GOP needn’t lift a finger for it to work. All Republicans have to do is sit back and watch 29-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . . . exist.”)

Jonah Goldberg [9]

Megan McArdle [10]

David French [11]

Joe Setyon [12]

Taking on another hateful, bigoted, dangerous, and insane new “Progressive” proposal – this one to abolish billionaires – is Nick Gillespie [13]. (In Nick’s piece, be sure to check out the evidence that Robert Reich publicly offers of his complete economic cluelessness.)

Ryan Bourne writes sensibly about minimum wages [14].

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