Author Archive | Matt Welch

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Republicans Officially Give Up Trying to Cut Spending

After the rise of the Tea Party in 2009 as a grassroots expression of revulsion at government bailouts, spending, and Obamacare; after a series of insurgent Tea Party primary victories in 2010 over big-spending incumbents and hand-picked establishmentarians; after Republicans re-took the House that November thanks in part to that new jolt of fiscally conservative […]

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Trump Calls the Congressional GOP’s Bluff

From Iran to Obamacare to DACA, the president is acting on what Republicans have long promised, in a way that rightly devolves power to the legislative branch. Matt Welch|Oct. 18, 2017 5:45 pm CNNIn September 2015, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said, while voting against then-President Barack Obama’s agreement with Iran to […]

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Kmele Foster Gets Shouted Down by Black Lives Matter Activists After Pointing out That MLK Used Free Speech Protections—Wait, What?

The Daily TargumSo the “Unsafe Space” campus speaking tour sponsored by Spiked (and hosted at least once so far in an emergency backup way by Reason) continues to generate interesting collisions between libertarian commentators and the angry campus progressives who seek to shout them down. One recent incident, while not coming close to a Berkeley-style […]

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Trump at 9 Months: ‘The Least Regulatory President of All’

Significant regulations “are down an astonishing 58 percent compared to Obama,” reports the Competitive Enterprise Institute Matt Welch|Oct. 2, 2017 4:15 pm ReasonThe most underreported story (except here at Reason!) about President Donald Trump’s White House nine months in has been his administration’s concerted effort to slow down, block, roll back, and reform the regulatory […]

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Us Silly Right-Wingers and Our #Problematic Sombreros!

How exhausted is the genre of #hottake outrage at allegedly transgressive white-people activity? This exhausted: Last week, The New Republic wrapped an entire piece around the impropriety of Reason throwing a party for Lionel Shriver featuring paper dolls of the author and various cultural costumes. The headline, subhed, and opening sentence of this Josephine Livingstone […]

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