Loosening the Golden Handcuffs

Now, teleport yourself across the country to a vault under the streets of Manhattan. Here the U.S. Federal Reserve holds more than 8,000 tons of gold–around four times annual global production and more gold than is thought to be in all the mines of the United States. Most of this gold belongs to the Federal… Read more »

Canada’s Burning Reader Response

“Canada’s Burning! Media myths about universal health coverage, ” by Theodore Marmor and Kip Sullivan, falsely assume that what works for Canadian health care consumers is relevant in the U.S. and that bashing the media messenger will disprove the facts and opinions that journalists report. And they downplay and deny the well known but inconvenient… Read more »

Canada’s Burning!

The three major reports on Canada, by The Washington Post, The New York Times, and ABC News, used the overcrowding problem as evidence that Canada’s universal health insurance program was critically flawed. The problems of Canadian emergency rooms, in short, indicted Canada’s medicare. The two major reports on the problem in the United States, by… Read more »

One Cheer For Soft Money

Translation: national government is corrupt largely because of soft money and by clamping down on soft money, political corruption will shrivel. It’s a simple and appealing formula. As with most such formulas, however, it misreads reality and promises more than it can deliver. Though we do need to address any possible corruption resulting from campaign… Read more »

Sex in the Digital City

We spent the rest of the night talking and playing music together next to a pile of beer bottles and a pool table. He looked about 21 years old and wore black. He said he had grown up in Canada, someplace near Toronto that I’d never heard of. He had sex with lots of people,… Read more »

Reasonable Doubts

Courts are supposed to be finders of fact. Yet there’s an awful lot about the criminal justice system that keeps them from ever getting to those facts. Some of the obstacles are straight-forwardly bad laws. Others are more a question of resources and oversight. We could help our courts get past some of these obstacles… Read more »

Substance Abuse

And what if you don’t get it all sorted out before your views are broadcast into 20 million homes? You won’t be the first. “I don’t want to embarrass anybody, but sometimes people come in here and they’re not quite ready,” talk-show host Diane Rehm says carefully. Walk into the “communication room” minutes before Rehm… Read more »

You Still Need A Blackboard

On a recent Thursday afternoon, Ms. Adorador, a counselor and administrator at the Oakland Charter Academy, was not counseling any students. She was alone in her office gripping a cordless phone, trying to transform herself into a tax expert. Her middle school, which serves 175 mostly Spanish-speaking students, was one of America’s first charter schools…. Read more »

Greenspan? Gipper? Gates?

To his opponents, Bill Clinton is Don Liddle. The economy is booming on his watch, but only because of the work of others. Larry Lindsay, George Bush’s chief economic adviser, suggests that Ronald Reagan is the real Willie Mays. Conservative pundit Robert Novak thanks entrepreneurs and says that giving credit for the boom to Clinton… Read more »


It’s hard to find the right running mate. And it’s especially hard for a Democrat right now: George W. Bush has a Palm Pilot filled with intriguing candidates—from Colin Powell to congressional standouts like Chuck Hagel and big state governors like Tom Ridge. By contrast, the Democrats’ little black book looks awfully thin. Some of… Read more »