Conservatives Ask: Where Are GOP Spending Cuts?

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. At the Financial Times, James Pethokoukis thinks Republicans will move on from tax-cutting orthodoxy after the election. I say: Wishful thinking. But maybe he’s on to something I’m missing. 

2. Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner’s Jason Russell asks: Where are the Republicans' spending cuts? Excellent question. 

3. Jared Bernstein writes in favor of the Cadillac tax at the Washington Post.

4. Vox’s Matt Yglesias goes back to the 2007 speech Hillary Clinton keeps referring to as evidence of her hostility to some of Wall Street’s practices.  

5. Good catch from Steve Benen at MSNBC: Will conservatives try to make opposition to federal government involvement in infrastructure a new part of Republican orthodoxy?

6. Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick on all-white juries in death penalty cases.

7. What would happen if we had a 3-page tax code? The answer from Howard Gleckman at Forbes: Bureaucrats and the courts would make decisions currently made by Congress. 

8. Republicans are starting to realize that taking health insurance away from their constituents may work better as a campaign slogan than in real life. See Jeffrey Young at HuffPost.

9. The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent has one solution for Republicans: Redefine “Obamacare” to exclude all the stuff people like.

10. Pundits can’t stop marveling at Ben Carson’s poor grasp (to put it mildly) of government and public affairs. See Reason’s Matt Welch on Carson’s foreign policy debate answers.

11. And see Jonathan Chait’s look at Carson’s answers on banking and education policy.

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