Month: November 2019

Mayor Pete’s Senior Vote Plan

Pete Buttigieg would like to take care of you in your dotage—or, rather, he wants taxpayers to do it. This week his presidential campaign posted his latest policy plan, a 19-page outline for “dignity and security in retirement.” It’s hardly modest, which is why Mayor Pete has called it his Gray New Deal. He would:

• Expand Social Security with “a new special minimum benefit of 125 percent of the federal poverty line for any senior who has worked at least 30 years.

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Border Dilemmas Are the Same for Trump or Obama

Don’t doubt the special iniquity of the current U.S. administration when it comes to the problem of illegal immigration. Most of those turning up at our border and applying for refuge will surely be deported, insists the president’s hardhearted official spokesman.

Oh wait. That was Obama spokesman Josh Earnest, referring in 2014 to unaccompanied minors showing up at the southern border: “It’s unlikely that most of those kids will qualify. . . . They will be sent back.

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Lost and Found in Hemingway’s Spain

Earlier this year, I got lost while hiking in the Sierra de Guadarrama, which rises to almost 8,000 feet in central Spain. It had been a grueling day under the September sun. The trail, scattered with boulders, was longer and steeper than expected. What had been described as a gentle glide along a ridge after a tough initial ascent proved unrelenting.

About seven hours in, I fell behind my two friends.

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