Serious Thoughts

In the Weekly Standard, Chris DeMuth explains why the dreaded “fiscal cliff” is actually more like a curbstone and the hoopla surrounding it, a “charade.” Near-term, Chris argues, we have to figure out a contingency plan for California’s impending insolvency. We also have to figure out how to align the transfer state that the middle class seems to demand with a transfer state it’s willing to pay for. As it is, we’re simply transferring income from future generations. That cannot last, and it’s grossly undemocratic and unfair.

Speaking of unfairness to future generations, Bill McGurn’s Wall Street Journal column has a brilliant suggestion: during its January 7 for-the-ages matchup with Alabama, Notre Dame should run an ad featuring some bright-eyed undergrad volunteer at a local shelter for unwed women. (If you’ve attended Notre Dame or been to a game there, you’ve met these youngsters.) Thirty seconds, ending with the trademark sign-off: “Fighting for the life of the unborn child. We are the Fighting Irish.”

That might make an impression, right up there with the now-legendary Sports Illustrated golden helmet. It would also require some guts “to call America to her better self,” as Bill McGurn puts it. We’ll see.

Michael S. Greve is a professor at George Mason University School of Law. From 2000 to August, 2012, Professor Greve was the John G. Searle Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he remains a visiting scholar. Before coming to AEI, Professor Greve cofounded and, from 1989 to 2000, directed the Center for Individual Rights, a public interest law firm. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in government from Cornell University, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Hamburg. Currently, Professor Greve also chairs the board of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and is a frequent contributor to the Liberty Law Blog. Professor Greve has written extensively on many aspects of the American legal system. His publications include numerous law review articles and books, including most recently The Upside-Down Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2012). He has also written The Demise of Environmentalism in American Law (1996); Real Federalism: Why It Matters, How It Could Happen (1999); and Harm-less Lawsuits? What's Wrong With Consumer Class Actions (2005). He is the coeditor, with Richard A. Epstein, of Competition Laws in Conflict: Antitrust Jurisdiction in the Global Economy (2004) and Federal Preemption: States' Powers, National Interests (2007); and, with Michael Zoeller, of Citizenship in America and Europe: Beyond the Nation-State? (2009).

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