Lee Drutman

Secrets of the Chamber

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce exaggerates the dangers of government action to its corporate paymasters and gets paid handsomely, whether it wins or not.

How the Public Thinks About the Environment

The environment now ranks last among 15 issues that the public thinks Congress and the President should deal with this year. Only 24 percent of Americans think the environment is an “extremely important” issue. On this score, the environment comes in behind “the situation in Iraq” (27 percent), “taxes” (27 percent), and “illegal immigration” (30… Read more »

Why Budget Line Items Don’t Die

In Washington Post last month, David A. Fahrentold marvels at what he calls the “Line Items That Won’t Die” – federal programs that benefit narrow interests, but somehow manage to keep getting funded: “One spends federal money to store cotton bales. Another offers scholars a chance to study Asian-American relations. Two others pay to market… Read more »