Find a new conceit for your columns!
Here’s an original idea: take California’s liberal, high-tax model and contrast it with Texas’s low-tax approach. Aside from The Economist, Newt Gingrich, and The New York Times’ op-ed page, no one else has thought to highlight this incisive comparison! The best part? The op-ed ” . . . is adapted from the autumn 2009 issue of City Journal.” So the author is regurgitating another article that makes the exact same argument we’ve been hearing since the summer.
I cringe when papers like The Los Angeles Times lay off experienced beat reporters, but I won’t shed too many tears if the blogosphere renders its op-ed pages irrelevant.