Washington

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.

The Real Fiscal-Cliff Message Starbucks Should Put on Its Coffee Cups
December 26, 2012

Who stands in the way of a deal on the 'fiscal cliff'? Hint, it's one party, not both of them...

Republicans are Scorpions, Democrats are Frogs (and What this Means for the Fiscal Talks)
December 23, 2012

How the fiscal cliff negotiations resemble the (slightly altered) tale of the scorpion and the frog.

Inside the NRA's Zany Press Conference
December 21, 2012

TV viewers saw a single rambling man at a podium. But at the NRA's disastrous press conference about Newtown, there was so much more crazy on display.

The NRA's Emperor Has No Clothes
December 21, 2012

Watching today's press conference by the NRA, one couldn't but think: Washington has been cowering in fear of THESE GUYS?

Boehner’s Plan B Didn’t Fix Our Budget's Biggest Problem—But Neither Will Obama’s
December 21, 2012

Both plans jeopardize America's ability to invest in its future.

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