With the partial government shutdown now more than a month old, official Washington increasingly wonder whether and how things will get back to normal. But as we have written before, shutdowns can be instructive, if we remove the hysteria from them.
Conservatives have dreamed of draining the DC swamp for decades. But their efforts -- even today -- are frustrated by the powerful financial allure for politicians to remain in DC long after their days in office are through. What do those ex-officeholders do? They search for lucrative jobs lobbying their former colleagues. The wave of officeholders defeated in 2018 are no exception:
Newly-minted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a bit of a slash when she called for raising the top federal tax rate to 70 percent. It would apply, we are assured, only to the "super wealthy," and would help the government pay for a "Green New Deal."