“The progressive ‘clerisy’ and their developer allies may wish to destroy the suburban dream, but they will not be able to stay in office for long with such attitudes. America remains, and likely will remain, a predominantly suburban nation for decades to come. This demographic reality means that whoever wins the suburban vote in 2016 and beyond will inherit the political future.”
— Joel Kotkin, executive editor of NewGeography.com, writing in The Daily Beast on the federal government’s attempt to push more and more people into urban cores.
“Since 2008 the U.S. and most of Europe have copied Japan’s strategy of government-driven growth, and the result has also been bigger governments with less growth. Having tried everything else, (Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo) Abe will have to embrace supply-side reform if he wants to fulfill his growth promise.”
— from a Wall Street Journal editorial on word that Japan has slipped into recession for the fourth time since 2008.
“This is not a planet-saving climate-change pact. Rather this plan represents unilateral economic disarmament by the United States as Beijing continues its quest to replace America as the globe’s economic superpower.”
— Stephen Moore, chief economist at The Heritage Foundation, writing in The Washington Times on the new climate agreement with the Chinese.
“The only surprising thing about ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber’s revelations that the legislation was based on a series of lies and voter stupidity was that Mr. Gruber was so stupid to think no one would see the videos of him saying so.”
— Richard Rahn, chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth, writing in The Washington Times.