Often, it is the confluence of several news events that brings the real story into focus. Take the Feb. 18 press release on the results of the National Association of University and College Business Officers’ annual survey of school endowments: “Golden Era in University and College Endowments,” the organization trumpeted. “Institutions Hold More Than $150… Read more »
For the first test in the survey, I called the Alcohol Treatment Routing Referral Service of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. My ostensible purpose was to locate the facility nearest me that offers treatment for alcoholism. I thought this question could be easily answered by a hotline that… Read more »
The IRS wasn’t alone. In July, the Clinton administration declared confidently that our nation’s nursing homes were in fine shape; only 1 percent suffered any serious health or safety problems. Then the General Accounting Office released the results of an investigation charging that one in three nursing homes in California – a state with a… Read more »
I joined the Public Health Service believing that government service was important work, and I left it with the same conviction. But over the years, the growing anti-government sentiment and the increasing privatization of our health-care system made me wonder. Had the legacy of the government, the public collective, as the ultimate guarantor of medical… Read more »
I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. This is the ninth agonizing year of my effort to reform the Mining Law of 1872, signed by Ulysses S. Grant and intended to entice people to “go West” and settle. My successes have been marginal. Because I will leave the Senate at the end of the year,… Read more »
The Keystone Kops behind the cameras.
JonBenet, Diana, the princess fantasy, and what it has done to women.
Campaign finance reform’s No. 1 enemy need look no farther than his home state to see why money and politics don’t mix
While the public interest groups fiddle, campaign finance reform burns.
When it comes to taxes, it’s the rich against the rest of us.