D.R. Tucker

A Taxing Effort

Bloomberg View observes that contrary to popular belief, it may not be impossible to get Republicans to embrace the idea of putting a price on carbon: Smartly framed, a carbon tax has a fighting chance of success. And here’s how to frame it: Dedicate all the revenue, not just some, to cutting other taxes. In… Read more »

Cantor at the Crossroads?

Well, soon-to-be-former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, you’re right. There are problems within the Republican Party. The question is, what are you going to do about those problems? Your words in response to trash-talk radio star Laura Ingraham’s attacks on you were rather interesting: But I will say that the suggestion that I should have… Read more »

He’s Not That Reasonable

So there was conservative marriage-equality supporter Ted Olson, doing his usual avuncular shtick on the CBS program Face the Nation this morning, discussing his new book on the Proposition 8 fight: Yes, Olson should be considered a hero for being one of the first conservatives to stand up for equal treatment for gays and lesbians…. Read more »

School Daze

It’s embarrassing to see the New York Times join the “How dare anyone object to a controversial commencement speaker!” club: Commencement speakers made news this year mostly by their absence. Protesters on the left assailed speakers who had been invited by colleges and universities, and in some cases, they got their wish, driving away the… Read more »

Man on Fire

Although the decision on the Keystone XL pipeline remains the elephant in the room, President Obama deserves praise for his strong remarks about climate change denial this afternoon at the University of California-Irvine: The speech was every bit as good as Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s “Time to Wake Up” speeches on the Senate floor…. Read more »