The Shutdown Is Reminding Everyone of the Good Things Government Does

Which is why Republicans will lose, just like they usually do

A sign announcing closure of the National Archives due to a partial government shutdown is displayed in Washington on Dec. 22, 2018. Photo: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

Over half a century ago, the researchers Lloyd Free and Hadley Cantril identified a paradox in American public opinion that largely holds true today. Most Americans, they argued, were “ideologically conservative” but “operationally liberal” when…

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