THE AUTHORITARIAN. Yglesias finds Rudy Giuliani asserting an "inherent authority" to fund troops without congressional appropriations. Evidently, it would be difficult to find a claim made by a mainstream candidate more transparently at odds with the text and structure of the Constitution.
BAD FAITH. My question for people who still argue that tax cuts actually increase revenues: shouldn't conservatarians who believe this be opposed to tax cuts? After all, they'll just produce more revenues that the government can use to spend and (according to supply-side premises) strangle the economy! The answer, of course, is that nobody really believes in this kind of supply-side economics. Everyone knows that, outside of exceptionally high rates, tax increases result in more revenue, all things being equal -- which is why governments like to raise them when they can. Arguments to the contrary are just for especially gullible rubes.
ABORTION CRIMINALIZATION ON THE GROUND. Mexico City is on the verge of decriminalizing abortion. The New York Times story on it is really first-rate. What I like about it is that it makes clear what the effects of the abortion ban are, and women will have large numbers of abortions even under conditions of formal illegality:
Dominated by liberals, Mexico City�s legislature is expected to legalize abortion in a few weeks. The bill would make this city one of the largest entities in Latin America to break with a long tradition of women resorting to illegal clinics and midwives to end unwanted pregnancies ...
THE HORROR. It is quite remarkable how obsessed Chris Matthews remains with Bill Clinton's sex life. (Why the adultery of Hillary Clinton's husband is a major campaign issue while we can be free to swoon over Republican adulterers, some of whom actively humiliate their exes, remains unclear.
BUT IF WE MAKE ACCESS TO THE BALLOT EASIER, DEMOCRATIC UNICORNS WILL STEAL OUR ELECTIONS! Today Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt have a really terrific piece about the GOP's voter fraud fraud. The scam is advanced by the common method of "generalizing from apocryphal anecdotes":