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Republicans Are Howling About Government Spending yet Again. Here’s What They Get Wrong.

The Republican Party needs to show it understands what voters want by proposing a serious deficit-reduction package that includes tax increases on those who can afford it, in addition to a package of spending cuts. Ten years after Simpson-Bowles foundered, a new bipartisan compromise could achieve what a decade of futile gesturing has not: reduced deficits and moderate growth in government spending.

So Trump Wants to Make the Gop the ‘Party of Health Care’? Here’s How to Do It.

Making Republicans the party of health care means putting the commitment to health care and financial security first and the goal of cost control second.

Mr. Ryan Leaves Washington

Paul Ryan is what we often say we want from our elected officials: a man of public and personal virtue. We must, therefore, seek to explain why his departure is seen as a tacit admission of failure.

The Meaning of Ryan’s Departure

Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several years is as good an indication as any of how far our politics have fallen.

This Is What You Call a Conservative Budget?

Republicans have used their control of the legislative and executive branches to enact a huge tax cut without offsetting spending reductions, to increase domestic discretionary spending to levels that delight Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, and to leave entitlements — the great drivers of unsustainable debt — untouched.

The 2018 Republican Agenda

With tax reform behind them and a congressional-election year just begun, Republicans in Washington seem remarkably uncertain about what they want to do with their control of the presidency and Congress at this point.

Nobody Knows What to Do about Health Care

There’s something profoundly conservative about tinkering around the edges rather than embarking on a grand reform agenda.

Most Republicans Wish They Were Like Reagan. Trump Actually Is.

Conventional wisdom tells us that Donald Trump is the antithesis of Ronald Reagan. But in fact, Trump is far closer to Reagan’s brand of conservatism than the Republican congressional leadership is.

Speaker Ryan Invites a Social Doctrine Conversation

America needs many serious conversations in this age of the demagogic tweet and the rabid talk-radio sound-bite. One of them is about the scandal of poverty amidst vast wealth and the empowerment of the poor.

This Failure May Doom Trump’s Presidency Before it Really Begins

President Trump not only has failed to provide Republicans with skilled leadership, but also seems unaware that he’s even supposed to do so.