Happy U.K. Election Day

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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1. Lynn Vavreck looks at public opinion on abortion.

2. At the Monkey Cage, Tim Haughton goes through the things to look for in the U.K. election.

3. Jack Blumenau and Simon Hix, also at the Monkey Cage, examine what the U.K. would look like with proportional representation.

4. A nice profile of the British candidates at Politico from Alex Massie and Rebecca Hendin.

5. Jonathan Allen at Vox is quite good about why balanced budgets aren’t Constitution-worthy. The most important point, however, is that even if one supports an always-balanced budget, the problem with a Constitutional solution is enforcement: A balanced budget amendment ultimately puts the courts, not Congress, in control of taxing and spending.

6. Brad DeLong shares what he learned from NAFTA.

7. Ross Douthat says Mike Huckabee has chosen to “play the Brezhnev of the entitlement reform debate.” Harsh.

8. And in Boston Magazine, David S. Bernstein (my brother) argues that Massachusetts has one chamber too many in its legislature. I certainly don’t know Massachusetts as well as he does, but I’m generally on Team Bicameralism.

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