The Obamamobile

The Obamamobile is engendering a good deal of controversy. At $1.1 million, it resembles, some say, a mobile Darth Vader helmet, black and shiny and ominous as it rolls on and on through the Midwest, where President Obama is seeking to shore up not his populist but his middle-class bona fides.

Wars Aren't Free

As the Congressional super committee goes about its work of finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions over the next ten years, difficult trade-offs will abound. Good, worthwhile programs cost money. But sometimes the trade-offs are not so acute; bad programs cost money, too. There is plenty of disagreement, of course, on whether a particular program is good or bad.