- Pejman points to this
article and says "Read. The. Whole. Thing." And he's right, of
course. Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post looks at
the response to Hurricane Katrina from the government and the private
and contrasts without ideological blinders, and concludes:
… the worst failures of the past two weeks have been big government failures. The biggest successes, by contrast, have come out of this country's incredibly vibrant, amazingly diverse and fantastically generous civil society. Sooner or later, it will be impossible not to draw political lessons from that paradox.
When you see this kind of admission in a canonical "mainstream" outlet, you can't help but think: Is it time for a resurgence of small-government thinking? That would be neat.
- Ann Althouse observes:
You know one Supreme Court case the Senators aren't grilling Roberts about? Despite all the talk about the Commerce Clause at the hearing, none of them wants to bring up Gonzales v. Raich, the medical marijuana case.
Why not? Because the Senators like the blank-check interpretation of the Commerce Clause that the Supremes relied on in Raich.
Professor Althouse is one of the most entertaining sources of analysis for the confirmation hearings; if you're in the mood for that sort of thing, and you inexplicably haven't done so already, check her out.