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Perhaps I'm misreading him, but George Will strikes me as a touch irritated with our "increasingly anti-constitutional government":

With the braying of 328 yahoos–members of the House of Representatives who voted for retroactive and punitive use of the tax code to confiscate the legal earnings of a small, unpopular group–still reverberating, the Obama administration yesterday invited private-sector investors to become business partners with the capricious and increasingly anti-constitutional government. This latest plan to unfreeze the financial system came almost half a year after Congress shoveled $700 billion into the Troubled Assets Relief Program, $325 billion of which has been spent without purchasing any toxic assets.

And in the midst of bailout mania and toxic asset insanity, Will reminds readers that more protectionism—cloaked in complaints about the safety of Mexican trucks—is usually countered with an equal dose of protectionism.

Congress, with the approval of a president who has waxed censorious about his predecessor's imperious unilateralism in dealing with other nations, has shredded the North American Free Trade Agreement. Congress used the omnibus spending bill to abolish a program that was created as part of a protracted U.S. stall regarding compliance with its obligation to allow Mexican long-haul trucks on U.S. roads. The program, testing the safety of Mexican trucking, became an embarrassment because it found Mexican trucking at least as safe as U.S. trucking. Mexico has resorted to protectionism–tariffs on many U.S. goods—in retaliation for Democrats' protection of the Teamsters union.

Reason on protectionism and the ten truths about free trade.

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  1. The Democratic congress has been amply demonstrating why they are neither “responsible”, nor the “smart people” who can be trusted to not abuse their power.

  2. George Will has a new found love for the Constitution, eh?

    Funny he couldn’t muster up outrage over things like torture, indefinite detention without charge, warrant-less eavesdropping on American citizens etc. but try and tax bonuses that are being paid with government money and watch him set his rhetorical sites on the “anti-constitutional” government.

    In George Will’s world the outrage only comes out when the rights of the elite are being abridged. When it’s the dirty masses Mr. Will can’t seem to muster much outrage.

    Why people still want to pretend George Will is anything but a conservative hack is beyond me.

    Hey George Will, have a hot cup of STFU please.

  3. So George Will is against the anti-constitutional punitive tax against AIG because it might interfere with the anti-constitutional TARP program?

    How about instead we stop bailing out AIG and the rest and instead put them into bankruptcy court which has the legal power to reorganize or sell off the assets and this would end both the theft of taxpayer dollars and the bonuses

  4. oh, goodness, ChiTom, I suppose you better notify Cato and the Goldwater Institute that they’ve been bamboozled!

  5. Could we stop with all the constitution talk please. The constitution hasn’t been followed in this country for decades.

  6. ChicagoTom:
    You mgiht actually try looking up what George Will has written on the subject …
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/16/AR2008061602041.html

  7. I didn’t vote for this bitch.

  8. Will is a fair-weather constitutionalist. He’s for the constitution when it limits the power of democrats in charge, but often not when the converse is so (to use a Willian locution).

  9. “to use a Willian locution”

    My favorite.

  10. Will is a fair-weather constitutionalist. He’s for the constitution when it limits the power of democrats in charge

    And apparently the Republicans in charge. The weather’s lookin’ pretty fair if you follow the links.

  11. “Will reminds readers that more protectionism … is usually countered with an equal dose of protectionism.”

    What?

    And you are so right, Cabeza De Vaca: The US government hasn’t paid any attention to the Constitution since before Alexander Hamilton took a bullet. The true American patriots were folks like Mercy Otis Warren and her husband: anti-Constitutionists.

  12. Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story, guys. Saying that Will has always agreed with the Bush administration serves a greater truth, ie, that anyone who dares criticize The Hopeful One must be discredited at all costs.

  13. Man, George Will is such a dick. Such a Neo-con hypocrite. Not that I ever actually read him, but that’s what I’ve heard.

  14. people who call George Will some water-carrier for the Bible Beating neocon/big government/my blood bleeds redder than yours-GOP thats been in power since 2000 are fucking idiots. I’ve been reading this guy since the 1980s and he’s probably the most methodically consistent thinker in the pundritry biz. He was ‘conservative’ when the term was respectable. i wish there were more of him.

    I hate when he talks about baseball though. really.

  15. Paul, can you read? often =/= always.

    way to quote conveniently for your premise, though.

  16. Man, George Will is such a dick. Such a Neo-con hypocrite. Not that I ever actually read him, but that’s what I’ve heard.

    That’s because people who tend toward knee-jerk reactions also tent not to be able to read George Will columns.

    At least the good ones…

  17. Seriously, guys, let’s not force ChicagoTom to go the way of joe. We need liberal apologists in these here threads, if only to have fun with them.

  18. Why is the cocksucker-in-chief giving a press conference right now?

  19. I’m down with Chicago Tom, pretty much. I also didn’t hear George bitching when the House, the Senate, and George Bush threw out both separation of powers and the federal system to “save” Terri Schiavo.

    Of course, George is totally right about the Democrats’ cave in to the Teamsters re Mexican trucks. But as I remember Ron Paul was going to save us from that twelve-lane Mexinadian Highway as well.

    But let’s not be too hard on poor George. He hasn’t had a decent piece since Nancy Reagan left town. That would make anyone bitchy.

  20. I’m down with Chicago Tom, pretty much.

    Who’s the bigger fool — the fool, or the fool who agrees with the fool after he’s been irrefutably demonstrated to be a fool? You and CT can fight it out among yourselves, I guess.

  21. Alan:

    Will bitched about the Schiavo fiasco a couple of times on This Week. He referred to Schiavo and the Harriet Myers appointment as the two lowest points in the Bush presidency.

  22. This Kanuckian is wondering when you’re taking the advice of Jefferson and having a revolution? Seems more than a tad bit overdue.

  23. Will has written in defense of the War on Some Drugs. What is constitutional about that?

    I’ve been reading Will since the 80s. He’s far better than Limbaugh and Hannity, though that’s damning with faint praise. He’s not an anti-intelliectual, quite the contrary. He’s not an anti-evolutionist. Republicans and conservatives (and Americans generally) would indeed be comparatively better off with more George Wills, as opposed to more Hannitys. He’s not perfect, however.

    Similarly, we’d be comparatively much better off if Congress were composed of 534 more Ron Pauls. However, Paul isn’t perfect either.

  24. Will’s also an agnostic, fwiw.

  25. Will has written in defense of the War on Some Drugs.

    As both parties (including The Hopeful One) support the WoD, that doesn’t make him a partisan hack.

  26. I also didn’t hear George bitching when the House, the Senate, and George Bush threw out both separation of powers and the federal system to “save” Terri Schiavo.

    ” He[Bush] and his party seemed to have subcontracted governance to certain especially fervid religious supporters”

    Courtesy of Democratic Underground (natch).

  27. Yeah, well George Will never wrote about Cory Maye or Ryan Frederick or Kathryn Johnston either.

  28. crimethink, you ignorant slut. where did I claim that Will was a partisan hack? where did I write favorably about Obama?

    I know you don’t want to fuck until you’re married, but go fuck yourself.

  29. This might have been addressed previously, but since when do presidents actually call out the name, SO OBVIOUSLY, of the next reporter to ask a question?

  30. George Will fails to meet Lew Rockwell Purity Test = ergo, A FOOL!!

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/phillips1.html

  31. unnamed entitity,

    You aligned yourself with those who did call him a partisan hack. Whoever is not with the bow tie is against it.

    I am however prepared to forgive if you take a less sex-encouraging tack.

  32. spaghetti meets wall | March 24, 2009, 8:43pm | #

    Yeah, well George Will never wrote about Cory Maye or Ryan Frederick or Kathryn Johnston either.

    RON PAUL TALKED ABOUT THEM 5 TIMES A FUCKING DAY AND EVERYONE ELSE IS A BIG PUSSY

  33. Alan:

    Will bitched about the Schiavo fiasco a couple of times on This Week. He referred to Schiavo and the Harriet Myers appointment as the two lowest points in the Bush presidency.

    He also touched on it in his Newsweek column in January. George Will is no libertarian, but he is a consistent and intellectually honest conservative. I can respect that just as I could respect a consistent and intellectually honest liberal.

    Does anyone know any?

  34. You guys sound like John in those Rush Limbaugh threads. Sorry I slightly criticized your man-crush.

  35. You guys sound like John in those Rush Limbaugh threads. Sorry I slightly criticized your man-crush.

    George will writes for a living. Much of it is available to even novice googlers. When you trot out something about him that is easily debunked, people are gonna do that.

    Is it that friggin’ hard to understand?

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  37. Will most certainly did criticize the Bush administration. Especially during the second term. In fact, he’s one of the few on the right who did so consistently. Because he isn’t, you know, a Democrat, he didn’t disagree with everything.

    He’s generally good on the idea of limited government, but he has his weak spots. And I can’t abide bow ties.

  38. Shut the fuck up, Lonewacko.

  39. J sub D – Please point to what I said which was debunked or false. Is that so frigging hard to do?

  40. He’s generally good on the idea of limited government, but he has his weak spots. And I can’t abide bow ties.

    All bow ties?

  41. I can respect that just as I could respect a consistent and intellectually honest liberal.

    Does anyone know any?

    From what I have seen, Glenn Greenwald. I’d say that Will and Greenwald are the most intellectually honest pundits of their respective sides.

    They’re still wrong a lot, though. Maybe we could have a chess deathmatch or a bridge roulette tournament with them. All class, baby, all the way.

  42. Fuck off and die alone, Lonewacko.

    (Just tryin’ to mix it up a little)

  43. J sub D – Please point to what I said which was debunked or false. Is that so frigging hard to do?

    I didn’t mean to imply you specifically. I was referring to the overall thread. You managed to avoid saying anything specific.

  44. you quoted me

    was this not specific enough: Will has written in defense of the War on Some Drugs. What is constitutional about that?

  45. Does Will support the War on Drugs? I was under the impression that he was at least sympathetic to the legalization argument. Could be a Buckley-Will mash-up in my head, I suppose.

    In fact, didn’t Will just write about the border issue and say something about legalization being a long-term option? Maybe I’m misremembering. I do recall him opposing the on-line gambling ban, if that’s relevant.

  46. We need to pay proper respects to the wealthy among us. Lately, that just doesn’t seem to be happening like it should!

  47. Overdrivedigital.com

    is a trucking industry magazine targeting owner operators. If you goto the site and search” mexican drivers” you will get about 3 articles outlining the cross border plan and how it was tested. The DOT said they found no reason to keep Mexican drivers and their trucks out of the country. Admittedly, there was not much participation from Mexican companies due to high insurance rates among other things.

    The gripe I think is because the average american truck driver doesn’t want to drive in Mexico for several reasons. So it isn’t a “fair” trade. And the unions haven’t fingered a way to get their cut.

  48. All bow ties?

    I’m so glad that wasn’t a picture of Tucker Carlson.

  49. @ProLib:

    And I can’t abide bow ties.

    And to think I was going to keep you around until one of the later purges, too!

    Humph.

  50. Would George Will rather live in Gaza or…..

  51. Maybe I’m just too easily taken by his vocabulary or my expectations for “Conservative” columnists was set low by (twice!) reading Ann Coulter opinion pieces, but I also am of the opinion that George Will is not a hack by any reasonable standard.

  52. @the innominate one

    So,
    Kevin Smith = Good, George Will = Bad?

    Why do you hate quality, and by extension, America? Why do you love terrorists?!?

  53. I hate when he talks about baseball though. really.

    He’s the only person who makes baseball even slightly interesting to me. I enjoyed Men at Work* and I’ve probably watched 10 baseball games in my life.

    *The book, not the also-excellent Sheen / Estevez movie about sassy garbage collectors.

  54. Fuck off and die alone, Lonewacko.

    (Just tryin’ to mix it up a little)

    Now, that’s Change I can believe in!

  55. Well, bow ties are acceptable with formal wear, of course.

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