Tax Reform, RIP
January 07, 2013
Tax reform, which was always undesirable and unlikely, is now officially impossible.
How the Fiscal Cliff Deal Cured Washington's Fuzzy Math Epidemic
January 03, 2013
As public policy, the fiscal cliff deal has few merits to recommend it. But it does have one positive political consequence that has mostly gone overlooked: It substantially narrows the gap between the policy commitments we have made and the way the budget process officially presents them. Americans can finally have a cleaner—if not necessarily more productive—debate over what to do. Understanding why is somewhat complicated, but worth the effort.
The Man Who Could Have Saved Organized Labor
January 01, 2013
The American labor movement is in dire straits. Could a little-known, recently-departed dissident named Jerry Tucker have saved it?
Obama's Tax Hikes Won't Be Nearly Big Enough
December 28, 2012
Republicans want to reduce the size of the federal government, and they won’t take no for an answer. “I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub,” Grover Norquist famously declared. And in negotiations over the fiscal cliff, they have insisted on cutting spending rather than raising taxes. “The President wants to pretend that spending isn’t the problem,” House Speaker John Boehner has complained. Democrats, for their part, have responded defensively.
The Year in Art: The Best Exhibits of 2012
December 27, 2012
Writing about his obsession with art books in a wonderful little volume published this year—Phantoms on the Bookshelves—Jacques Bonnet says that “Images send you on to other images, artists to other artists, periods come one after another or echo each other, all with their cargo of art works.” And so it is when I think back on remarkable art experienced in the year just past.