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Healy: Whatever its faults, the Tea Party identified the right target

By Gene Healy It’s been five years since Rick Santelli’s CNBC “rant that shook the world” helped give rise to the Tea Party movement. The first wave of anti-big-government protests began in the cities, and they were “about as libertarian as it gets,” as political number-cruncher Nate Silver put it at the time: light on […]

Healy: David Brooks’ paen to presidential power is year’s worst Op-ed

By Gene Healy For four years running, I’ve closed the holiday season with a column saying “bah, humbug” to the year’s worst op-eds. Christmas came early this year, thanks to perennial contender David Brooks. In Thursday’s New York Times, Brooks offered a bold panacea for the problems of our time: We need to “Strengthen the […]

Healy: Obama thinks Americans don’t need to know

By Gene Healy . When former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden leaked the existence of a massive spying program siphoning up Americans’ personal phone records earlier this year, President Obama declared: “I welcome this debate and I think it’s healthy for our democracy.” Shortly thereafter, his administration revoked Snowden’s passport and hit him with […]

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