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A Tale of Two Countries

Parents do that, but our public schools are supposed to be publicly funded. In practice they are usually funded by local property taxes, and this is why it's quality differs by locale. I don't know how to fix that, it would be a very complicated thing to do. But I do not want to prevent parents from giving their own children every advantage that they can, regardless of what other children get. I expect the government to try to provide equal opportunity, not individual parents.

It has become an accepted truism in American politics that both Democrats and Republicans want the same things: a prosperous America, a strong America, an America true to principles of freedom and liberty.

Perhaps 50 years ago that was true.

Today, it no longer is.

The fact is that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are no longer arguing over means; we are arguing over ends. Democrats know that economic prosperity for the broad swath of the United States cannot be bought with higher taxes; even Bill Clinton recognized as much in the 1990s, which is why he lowered capital gains taxes dramatically...