Glass Half Full
July 30, 2015
From the way conservatives talk, one would never know that Republicans have 54 U.S. Senate seats, 246 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives (a majority that the party could easily hold for the next decade), 31 governors, and 68 out of 98 partisan state legislatures. Republicans control the governorship and both houses in 23 states; Democrats control only seven.
Abortions have dropped 12 percent nationwide since 2010 and are down in almost every state. The divorce rate declined significantly in the past generation and is staying down, while the marriage rate is up a bit. Slate concedes, “Most Americans have given up on achieving meaningful gun control in their lifetimes or in their grandchildren’s lifetimes.”
The president’s plan for an executive-order amnesty is effectively blocked:
On February 16, 2015, Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction blocking both programs from going into effect. . . .
As James of England observed over at Ricochet, total government spending, which includes federal, state, and local, is 34.63 percent of GDP — which sounds bad, until you realize that in 2010 it was 39.7 percent of GDP. In 1990, it was 34.84.
This year Wisconsin became the 25th Right-to-Work state. Public-sector unions did pick up some members in 2014, but they still represent just 35.7 percent of public sector work[ers].
School choice has expanded dramatically in our lifetimes; now there are “21 voucher programs, 16 scholarship tax credit programs, one education savings account program, and two individual tuition tax credit of significant size” with “$1.2 billion in dedicated funding available for school voucher and scholarship tax credit programs nationwide in 2013-14.”
Geraghty also makes the case for what I’ve come to think of as “Mark Steyn conservatism”:
More importantly, government is not our father and not our mother. To view the government as the grownups, in charge and handling all of the really important decisions, is to choose to live in a state of perpetual psychological adolescence (a topic that’s been on my mind a lot lately).