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  1. Millennials take path of least resistance

    When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in 1830, he was struck by how many Americans were participating in voluntary associations.

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    'This is my last election,' President Barack Obama said in words caught on an open mic. 'After my election, I have more flexibility.'

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    The gas tax worked tolerably well for nine decades. But technological progress, behavioral change and government mandates have rendered it obsolete. It's time to pay for highways not at the gas pump but through the transponder.

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Michael Barone is a columnist for U.S. News & World Report and co-editor of the Almanac of American Politics. He has written for many publications—including the Economist and the New York Times.

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