Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. His work has been published in New York, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and numerous other publications.


Maine’s Governor Compares The IRS To The Gestapo

In his weekly radio address, Maine’s Tea Party Governor, Paul LePage, compared the IRS to Adolf Hitler’s secret police in an attack on the Affordable Care Act. LePage railed against the Supreme Court’s decision ten days ago saying “You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the IRS.” Such loaded rhetoric is… Read more »

Richard Posner Drifting To The Left?

Richard Posner, a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has long been considering a leading conservative legal thinker. However, in an interview with NPR yesterday, Posner said “There’s been a real deterioration in conservative thinking. And that has to lead people to re-examine and modify their thinking.”I’ve become less conservative since the Republican… Read more »

MoveOn Apologizes For Backing A Winner

In the Democratic primary for a Brooklyn congressional district two weeks ago, assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries romped to victory against controversial New York city councilman Charles Barron, perhaps best known for stating “I want to go up to the closest white person and say, ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him,… Read more »

The Expense of Infrastructure In The US

For all the attention paid to the question of whether it’s wise for California to spend $68 billion on a high speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles, a bigger question is being ignored. That question is how come it costs so much money? In contrast, China just completed a high speed rail… Read more »

Thaddeus McCotter Resigns From Congress

Thaddeus McCotter, a five-term Michigan Republican with a personality as idiosyncratic as his first name, resigned from Congress yesterday. Of course, he did so on Facebook. By political standards, this was the most normal thing about his resignation. McCotter was a quirky but relatively successful Congressman from the Republican suburbs of Detroit. Then, last year,… Read more »