George Will

Posted March 18, 2010

Doubling down on dubious bets is characteristic of compulsive gamblers and federal education policy. The nation was essentially without such policy for grades K through 12, and better off for that, until 1965.

Posted March 11, 2010

The increasingly puerile spectacle of presidential State of the Union addresses is indicative of the state of the union, and is unnecessary. Barack Obama recently criticized -- and flagrantly mischaracterized -- a recent Supreme Court decision that loosened limits on political speech.

Posted March 11, 2010

There are legislative miles to go before the government will be emancipated from its health care myopia, but it is not too soon for a summing up. Whether all or nothing of the legislation becomes law, Barack Obama has refuted critics who call him a radical. He has shown himself to be a timid progressive.

Posted March 07, 2010

It is said, more frequently than precisely, that the reasons the Supreme Court gives for doing whatever it does are as important as what it does.

Posted March 04, 2010

Memo to that Massachusetts school where children in physical education classes jump rope without using ropes: Get some ropes.

Posted February 28, 2010

The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), psychiatry's encyclopedia of supposed mental "disorders," is being revised. The 16 years since the last revision evidently were prolific in producing new afflictions. The revision may aggravate the confusion of moral categories.

Posted February 25, 2010

Today's health policy "summit" comes at a moment when, as happens with metronomic regularity, Washington is reverberating with lamentations about government being "broken." Such talk occurs only when the left's agenda is stalled.

Posted February 21, 2010

Hear now the calm, collected voice of a scientist lavishly honored by progressives, Rajendra Pachauri.

Posted February 18, 2010

The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm. He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem. Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities.

Posted February 14, 2010

Only two things are infinite -- the expanding universe and Democrats' hostility to the District of Columbia's school choice program.

Posted February 11, 2010

Political speculation swirls. Meg Whitman, billionaire former eBay CEO and leading candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in California, supposedly prefers not to run in tandem with Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, who is seeking the Republican Senate nomination to run against the three-term Democrat, Barbara Boxer.

Posted February 07, 2010

In 2013, when President Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor, is counting his blessings, at the top of his list will be the name of his vice president: Paul Ryan.

Posted February 04, 2010

On Day One of his vow to take "meaningful steps to rein in our debt," Barack Obama asked Congress to freeze portions of discretionary domestic spending. This would follow an astonishing permanent expansion: Republicans on the House Budget Committee say appropriations bills Obama has signed, along with his stimulus spending, have increased discretionary domestic spending 84 percent.

Posted January 28, 2010

Barack Obama tiptoed Wednesday night along the seam that bifurcates the Democratic Party's brain. He called for a third stimulus (the first was his predecessor's, in February 2008) although the S-word has been banished in favor of "jobs bill."

Posted January 28, 2010

Last week's Supreme Court decision that substantially deregulates political speech has provoked an edifying torrent of hyperbole. Critics' dismay reveals their conviction: Speech about the elections that determine the government's composition is not a constitutional right but a mere privilege that exists at the sufferance of government.

Posted January 24, 2010

Churchill's wife said that his being turned out of office by British voters in July 1945 -- the war in the Pacific still raged, and he had just returned from the Potsdam conference -- might be a blessing in disguise. He replied: It is very well disguised.

Posted January 20, 2010

If the Democrats' congressional leaders are determined to continue their kamikaze flight to incineration, they will ignore Massachusetts' redundant evidence of public disgust. They will leaven their strategy of briberies with procedural cynicism.

Posted January 17, 2010

You know the foreboding you feel while watching the steamier Greek tragedies, when dynasties are falling and sons are marrying their mothers and everyone is behaving badly and you are thinking: Really, things cannot continue like this.

Posted January 14, 2010

Although Democrats think their health care legislation faces smooth sailing to implementation, there is a rock dead ahead -- a constitutional challenge to the legislation's core.

Posted January 10, 2010

California, a laboratory of liberalism, is spiraling downward, driven by a huge budget deficit. So the University of California system's budget was cut 20 percent. Then the system increased in-state student fees 32 percent to ... $10,302.