Looking for more ideological contrast than they got last time , the people at Bloggingheads.TV set me up to talk to Matt Welch, editor in chief of Reason magazine. He was very nice and polite, and he loves trains. We both think it's a good idea for the government to be honest about how much revenue it needs to match expenses, rather than pretending not to be spending money on the things it's spending money on. We may differ on the means of achieving that balance. I am still not very good at acting natural while sitting in front of a webcam, watching myself have a telephone conversation with a person whose face I can't see. But I remembered not to rattle a coffee spoon at the microphone this time. If you like writers talking, here you go.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.
Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.