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Kevin Williamson brilliantly explains that we Americans are emphatically not winning the trade war. A slice:

Like a great deal of what comes out of this White House, the new tariffs and the rationale undergirding them exhibit a very fine blend of dishonesty and stupidity.

Also from Kevin Williamson is this appropriate, critical response to Oren Cass.

Phil Magness looks at Alexander Hamilton, an earlier Tariff Man who created a mess.

Ever the optimist, my intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy suggests some reforms for Congress to pursue. A slice:

Finally, legislators could use this time to come up with a list of spending cuts that will allow them to abide by the spending caps they agreed to back in 2011. Back in July of this year, Congress and the president announced a plan to raise discretionary spending caps for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. But that move would increase spending by $320 billion over two years. With the deficit soon to be permanently above $1 trillion, Congress should find the courage to abide by the budget caps rather than, yet again, kick our debt bomb down the road.

George Leef intelligently reviews David Kirp’s The College Dropout Scandal.

Chris Edwards and Ryan Bourne explore wealth inequality.

David Henderson warns of the growing hostility to large monetary fortunes.