Articles from American Conservative

Yes to a Coronavirus Vaccine, No to More Government Slush Funds

In a bitterly divided Washington, D.C., few pieces of legislation have gotten passed as quickly or enjoyed as strong support as the $8.3 billion “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act,” cobbled together in just 12 days and signed into law last Friday. But as taxpayers know too well, speedily enacted bipartisan proposals are usually far from perfect.

Time to Come Home and Embrace ‘Need-Side’ Economics

Of all the things that we might feel the need to horde in times of crisis, why is toilet paper always number one? There’s very nearly an infinite supply: we’re hardly more likely to run out of TP than trees. Never in living memory have we suffered a deficit, and it’s not likely that we will anytime soon. Unless you work on Wall Street, you probably don’t use more of it when the stock market is down than you do when it’s up. 

Not Even South Korea Deserves Unlimited Defense From America

The U.S. and South Korea have deadlocked in negotiations over Seoul’s payment to support American forces. President Donald Trump demanded a fivefold increase. Shocked South Korean officials refused the administration’s demands, which some observers called blackmail. If the two sides fail to agree, Washington has said it will furlough the 9,000 South Koreans who work for the U.S. military at the end of the month.

Congress Has a Chance to Reform the Patriot Act—But Moderates Want to Water It Down

Unless Congress comes to an agreement by the end of this week, three provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will expire. Some may recall that last December, Inspector General Michael Horowitz identified numerous abuses of the surveillance law that the FBI famously used to monitor a member of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. Today, it seems that Congress is about to settle for an underwhelming deal that pays lip service to reform while upholding a broken status quo.