Michael Kinsley is a columnist for Bloomberg View, and was previously a columnist for Politico, the Washington Post, Time, and the Wall Street Journal. He was an editor of The New Republic and a founding editor of Slate magazine. His most recent book is Please Don’t Remain Calm (WW Norton & Company, 2008). His most recent article for the Monthly was in our Just The Facts Symposium. He worked at the Washington Monthly as a managing editor from 1975 to 1976.
Mitt Romney planned to run for U.S. president as a successful businessman who would bring some hard- headed business common sense and smarts to the job of running the badly dysfunctional federal government. Like Senator John Kerry in 2004, Romney must now be puzzled about how what he thought was his strongest asset (in Kerry’s… Read more »
“Outsourcing” has become such a dirty word that it’s hard to believe there could actually be something called the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals. What next? The Society of Professional Child Molesters? The IAOP’s modest claim is that it is “the leading professional association for organizations and individuals involved in transforming the world of business… Read more »
“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” wrote U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, making pretty clear what he thinks about Obamacare even as he supplied the crucial fifth vote to uphold it. So Roberts gets big points for intellectual honesty, and the health-care decision will not… Read more »
Cui bono? That’s what Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan asks. “Who benefits” from recent leaks of intelligence information to the news media? The answer is obvious, Noonan writes, and therefore so is the source of the leaks: It’s the folks in the Obama administration, who want to make their man look steely and steady… Read more »
The current debate about rich and poor — the 1 percent versus the 99 percent — is a bit misleading because the evidence usually is data about income, not wealth. Looking at wealth would make the comparison even starker. There are some nice deals to be had in the income tax code these days, but… Read more »