No one seems to care: Not the president, not Congress, not the 2020 candidates — and not the voters.
Jeff JacobyThe US is up to its neck in red ink, yet all the political class talks about is how much more money Washington should spend. We can ignore the gargantuan #NationalDebt slowly strangling America’s future. But that won't make it go away.
My weekend column
Kids in the city will be missing school today for the nationwide “Climate Strike.” They might see it as a small sacrifice: Who needs an education to prepare for tomorrow when tomorrow is a dubious …
Jeff JacobyIt's safe to assume that kids who miss school for today's ridiculous #ClimateStrike have no idea how many alarmist climate-change predictions from the past two decades have failed to materialize.
From @NoahCRothman, excellent as always
It illustrates the distress some feel about Kennedy’s challenge to incumbent Senator Edward Markey.
Jeff Jacoby“I’m for Kennedy,” former @GovBillWeld, running against Trump for the GOP nomination, told @WashingtonPost reporters. “I’ve known him since the day he was born.”
Bulger, Obama, Hillary, now Kennedy—Weld just can't shake his taste for endorsing Democrats.
Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse, the Prince of Wales has warned in a grandstand speech which set out his concerns for the future of the planet.
Representative Joseph Kennedy III, the last member of the Democratic dynasty serving in Washington, plans to formally announce Saturday that he is launching a primary challenge to Senator Edward Markey.
Jeff JacobyWhom will I back in this fight between my congressman and my senator? Neither. When it comes to elections, I have two firm rules:
1. I don't vote for incumbents.
2. I don't vote for Kennedys.
We know who’s responsible for the climate crisis: rich people. Nowhere is this clearer than in aviation, with billionaires’ private jets ravaging the planet. We need to ban them now.
Jeff Jacoby"In just one cross-country trip, a single private jet … emits nearly double the CO2 that the average American emits in an entire year."
How about it, celebrity climate activists? Ready to put your luxurious travel arrangements where your mouths are?
The Democratic and Republican parties are always in flux. Their values, their rules, their powerbrokers, their supporters — all change over time.
Jeff JacobyRepublicans & Democrats are two of the world's oldest parties. They didn't last this long by having unwavering principles.
Not to be cynical, but there's only one thing the two major parties are absolutely committed to: winning elections.
My new column
Jeff JacobyPeople think parties have core principles, which they contest elections in order to implement. The reverse is closer to the truth: Parties exist to win elections, and will adapt—or even abandon—their views & ideology to do so.
Here’s my new column
Jeff JacobyDemocrats used to be the party of small government and tough anti-Communism. Republicans were the party that battled for civil rights & busting monopolies.
Ultimately, the parties stand for only one thing: to win elections. Everything else is negotiable.
Why are leading Democratic presidential candidates intent on shutting down one of the most beneficial US innovations of the modern era?
Jeff JacobyThe environmental case against fracking no longer holds water. The economic case for it is unassailable. #Fracking reduces CO₂ emissions. It gives a huge boost to the US economy. So why do @SenWarren & @BernieSanders want to shut it down?
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Jeff JacobyThanks to #fracking, natural gas is replacing coal and CO₂ emissions have fallen sharply. Why is @SenWarren so blindly hostile to a technology that's doing more than any other to rapidly expand the supply of clean, affordable energy.
My Sunday column
Jeff JacobyFracking has done more than anything to reduce US carbon emissions over the past decade. Yet rather than extol it, Democrats like @SenWarren, @KamalaHarris & @BernieSanders want to ban it! Their extremist position makes no environmental or economic sense.
U.S.—A number of Democratic candidates have seized on a new initiative to make Americans feel safer: a mandatory buyback. “There are a number of ideas out there that just make people upset when they’re said out loud,” said presidential candidate...
The United States doesn’t always live up to its ideals, but the power of those ideals to inspire beleaguered people the world over never weakens.
Jeff JacobyThe United States may not always live up to its ideals. But the power of those ideals — and of America’s great symbols — to inspire beleaguered people everywhere never weakens.
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Jeff JacobyAmerica should unambiguously speak out for democracy & human rights in #HongKong. We can debate how far to go in backing the protesters confronting Beijing. But when liberty is being choked by dictators, the US should never be neutral.
My new column
Jeff JacobyThat sea of US flags on #HongKong's streets reflects the abiding significance of America in the world's imagination. We are still, in the famous phrase, 'as a city upon a hill.' We lose sight of that at times. The rest of mankind doesn't.