Hidden capital Consider the alternative The company you keep They know not what he does The takeover Christie as cynic Regulation is not the problem The danger of doing nothing Learning on the job When going public was bad for the public The tune-up How both sides got wiser Medical laissez-faire Who’s in charge? How… Read more »
Why Washington feeding frenzies aren’t what they used to be.
Even as the movement’s grip tightens on the GOP, its influence is melting away across vast swaths of America, thanks to centuries-old regional traditions that few of us understand.
A job creation idea so obviously good even Washington couldn’t possibly say no… could it?
Foster parents like us willingly pay a heavy price. The GOP wants us to pay more.
The politics of debt have gotten so insane that both parties are on the verge of gutting Medicare. The moment might be right to actually fix it.
There is a problem with government accounting that drives me around the bend, but that I rarely see noted elsewhere. When corporations build a factory, it is considered a positive, the creation of a capital asset. But when government builds a road or a school, it’s an expense. It’s simply spending money, treated the same… Read more »
I agree with those who say both parties are responsible for the sorry state of Washington, but isn’t it time to face the fact that much more than half the guilt lies with the Republicans? I say this even though I agree with much of the criticism of the Democratic Party and of Barack Obama… Read more »
One of the most disturbing trends is the one away from Obama among so many liberal American Jews. Are they going to let themselves be swayed by the right wing that has taken over Israel? That Rick Perry and his ilk are standing 100 percent behind Israel’s present leaders—see Perry’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed… Read more »
One little-noted Obama accomplishment was recently acknowledged by Kevin Sack in the New York Times. He reports that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of uninsured young adults aged eighteen to twenty-five has dropped by a margin of 900,000. This reduction was recorded just one year after the effective date of the… Read more »
In previous columns I have noted that congressional staffers now dream not of becoming members, as they once did, but of earning big bucks as lobbyists. Now comes a study with the hard evidence, produced by the transparency advocacy group LegiStorm, finding that almost 5,400 current and former staffers “have gone through the lobbying ‘revolving… Read more »
Back to Obama. I agree with the criticism that he has spent too much time reaching out to Republicans. But I do understand and admire his desire to find common ground. His own experience at the Harvard Law Review and in the Illinois legislature seemed to prove that he could get conservatives and liberals, Democrats… Read more »
Conservatives with minds as capable of subtlety and irony as David Brooks’s are rare. Recently, however, Brooks fell into an outrageous right-wing cliché, asserting that “a growing government sucked resources away from the most productive parts of the economy—innovators, entrepreneurs and workers—and redirected it to the most politically connected parts. The byzantine tax code and… Read more »
“Imagine a football field packed 20 feet high with highly radioactive nuclear waste,” as Mark Moremond of the Wall Street Journal recently asked his readers to do. That, he explains, is the amount of nuclear waste sitting around at various sites in this country. The bad news is that nothing is being done about it…. Read more »
If Solyndra was a mistake, it was, as my friend Joe Nocera made clear in a recent New York Times column, an understandable one. But it also illustrates Obama’s greatest weakness as he began his presidency: the lack of understanding of the executive branch that, for example, led him to leave spending too much of… Read more »
If the age of greed did not officially begin until the 1980s, there were some early signs that it was on its way. One was the craze for “going public” that took root a few years earlier. A Wall Street firm would descend on prosperous businesses that were either controlled by families or a small… Read more »
Speaking of Steven Rattner reminds me of another Obama triumph, the rescue of the auto industry, in which Rattner was the administration’s point man. This effort saved more than a million jobs in the auto and related industries—and, in helping inspire reform of the business, promises future growth with more jobs to come.
Many of the reforms are in management management, which is becoming more flexible and innovative. But one significant reform, reported by the Wall Street Journal, came from big labor. The UAW is now agreeing to link wages and benefits to company performance instead of, as had become union practice, demanding increases regardless. Incredibly, when the… Read more »
“At least 15 drug and medical device companies have paid $6.5 billion since 2008 to settle accusations of marketing fraud or kickbacks,” reports the Washington Post. These kickbacks were typically paid to the doctors who prescribed the drugs. Yet, reports the Post, “not one of the doctors has been prosecuted or disqualified by state medical… Read more »
In case you live in the Washington area and worry what would happen in the event of another event like 9/11 or the Cuban missile crisis—during which the possibility of a nuclear attack on the city rose for a few days from the realm of possibility to the realm of probability—the Washington Post‘s Robert McCartney… Read more »
In 2010, the Washington metropolitan area enjoyed the highest median income of any in the country. A major factor in the growth of our wealth has been government contracts. The contracting out of the functions of the federal government was pioneered by the Pentagon as its military and civilian officials discovered that the process of… Read more »
In only its second issue, March 1969, this magazine exposed one secret of the clever contractor. It was to make his proposal toward the end of a fiscal year, when the agencies usually had money they needed to spend, because otherwise it would revert back to the treasury. Even though there have since been several… Read more »
How America’s forbidding political landscape made health care reform impossible for Clinton and nearly so for Obama.
How religious zealots in the Israeli government are supporting a new generation of extremist settlers who hate the Israeli government.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’s thirty-five-year tenure was marked by intellectual rigor, lack of pretension, and the firm belief that absolutism had no place on the bench.
Robert Frank’s effort to explain the lessons of evolution without offending libertarian sensibilities
The promising, frustrating, indispensable race by government and industry to revolutionize the storage of electricity.
How the self-proclaimed Capitalist Tool was brought down by capitalism itself.
The 2012 presidential race is entering what might be called the “full public colonoscopy” phase, when the press really begins digging into every nook and cranny of the leading candidates’ public and private lives looking for scandal material. Rick Perry, the new guy, has taken the brunt so far, with stories of his unfortunately named… Read more »