At bottom, my problem with [Bruce] Bartlett’s argument that we can afford higher taxes and greater regulation is that regulation and taxation are like the story about how to boil a frog. If a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out, but if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.
In the United States today, the thermostat is still set pretty low. The Heritage Foundation has warned us, however, that the Obamabots have turned up the heat a tad. It is the proper function of conservatives to resist and to seek to turn down the heat. It would be nice to have Bartlett and [James] Joyner with us.
…but it is too late: the two that he’s trying to reach are gracefully finishing their transition to the Other Side, where their social views are compatible enough with existing mandated opinion, and where they may find available a discreet amount of funding for apostates*. I say this with no real heat: such things happen. I will say this, though: when they do complete their transitioning, they will demonstrate it by attacking Professor Bainbridge.
Such things also happen.
*Which is frankly something that the Right needs to emulate. As Tom Clancy patriotically delighted in reminding the world, the CIA paid top dollar for defectors.