The Midterms Don't Matter
"Policy doesn't swing very wildly when government changes hands." The Economist's Iowa correspondent says midterm elections are more about coalitions than zero-sum games.
"I doubt much hangs on the result of next week's nationwide elections. This is the great unspeakable fact of American politics: it doesn't matter all that much who wins. That's not to say it doesn't matter at all. It does matter. It just matters in ways rather different from the ways we are encouraged to think it matters by politicians and the press. I'm glad my wise co-blogger warned us the other day against neglecting zero-sum thinking in politics. Democratic politics is to a great extent a war of coalitions over what the great political economist James M. Buchanan called 'the fiscal commons'. Think of government as a huge pool of money. Control of government means control over that pool of money. Parties gain control by putting together winning coalitions of interest groups."
- Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
- The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
- Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
- Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
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