Bill Whittle on why it sucks to be conservative:
It sucks to be the people who have to break the news that nothing is free. That sucks. For example, that’s why healthcare is not a right. My right to free speech does not impose a cost on someone else; my right to healthcare would. Because healthcare is a commodity and someone would have to provide it. If healthcare were free I’d be a liberal, about healthcare anyway, but healthcare is not free, it costs money. And that sucks… It’s much easier and nicer being the liberal promising you free things that actually cost money. It sucks to be the person telling you that nothing is free, but that’s the truth.
Heather Mac Donald on crime, policing and denial:
According to conventional wisdom, crime can be significantly lowered only by eliminating its “root causes”: poverty, inequality and racism. Policing, in this view, can only respond to crime after the fact by making an arrest; preventing crime from occurring in the first place lies in the domain of economic and welfare policy. What makes New York such a powerful natural experiment is that it is, in all respects but one, nearly the same city as it was in 1990, when its homicide rate was five times higher. The previously assumed drivers of crime – poverty, income inequality, drug use – have not diminished; and family breakdown – conservatives’ preferred root cause – has worsened. […]
But New York policing has undergone a radical transformation since the early 1990s. In 1994, William Bratton became commissioner of the Police Department and unleashed a tornado of change, declaring that the police would actually lower crime, not just respond to it, and sweeping aside the department’s risk-averse culture... His staff rolled out strategy after strategy for getting guns off the street, dismantling local drug gangs, and combating the pervasive disorder of the city’s thoroughfares and subways… New York has shown that criminals can be deterred.
“I kind of like it that they’re sort of militantly vague.”
As usual, feel free to add your own in the comments.