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George Will | And the winner is: The status quo

America’s 57th presidential election revealed that a second important national institution is on an unsustainable trajectory. The first, the entitlement state, is endangered by improvident promises to an aging population. It has been joined by the political party, whose crucial current function is to stress the need to reform this state. And now the Republican Party, like today’s transfer-payment state, is endangered by tardiness in recognizing demography is destiny.

Perhaps Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election on Sept. 22, 2011, when, alarmed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entry into the Republican nomination race, he rushed to Perry’s right regarding immigration, attacking the Dream Act. He would go on to talk about forcing illegal immigrants into “self-deportation.” It is surprising that only about 70 percent of Hispanics opposed Romney.


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  • Charles

    I’m a small business owner.  A job creator, if you will. Every day I have to make decisions, and if I make a wrong decision, there are consequences, usually in the form of money out the window.

    George Will was spectacularly wrong in his prediction of a Romney landslide, but there are no consequences whatever.  I work six days a week, and he still makes more than I do.  Talk is cheap.  I can’t just tell my customers that I did a good job if I didn’t, because they can see with their own eyes whether I did.

    Until people like Will, and Barone, and Rove et al start paying some sort of a price for being wrong, where is the incentive to be right?

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