On my Fox Business Network show this Thursday at 10PM ET, and in my syndicated column today, I ask:
As 2011 draws to a close, is freedom winning? Did America become freer this year? Less free? How about the rest of the world?
I go through some of what was good and bad for freedom in 2011:
There were bright spots. We don't yet know what will become of what people call the Arab Spring. But this year, for the first time in my life, there was hope that masses of people in the Middle East will embrace liberalism -- in the original sense of people being left alone to pursue their own lives....
I'm pessimistic about America going bankrupt, like Greece, thanks to ballooning spending on entitlements like Medicare. But terms of debate can change quickly. This spring, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan presented a timid plan that would have slowed the growth of government slightly. Even Republicans went bonkers. Newt Gingrich called it "right-wing social engineering."
But now, just seven months later, the country's in a different place. Newt's apologized. Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans praise Ryan's plan. The Republican Study Committee wants to go further. Now Ryan agrees that his plan was "mild." Today he says he'd go farther.
For more, read the rest of the column here or tune in to the Fox Business Network this Thursday at 10.