Category Archives: U.S. Politics

Will 2014 be the year of social justice?

Back in 2009, when it was becoming clear that bankers had crashed the world economy but were going to be spared the worst effects, while ordinary folks took the brunt of the hit, people asked why there was not more … Continue reading

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Looking ahead for 2014

As we enter 2014, it is worth looking back at 2013 and giving thanks for things that went right! (1) The Eurozone avoided political or economic disaster.  Despite austerity policies damaging top-line economic growth, and leaving many European countries with … Continue reading

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Can Iran be Trusted (Yes, but…)

Like any other country, Iran can be trusted: to pursue its own interests, but no further. So the euphoria regarding the recent multi-nation agreement on Iran’s nuclear program should be stepped down. Many of the provisions seem to rely on … Continue reading

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Obamacare meets Hilarycare

What is it about health care policy that is so difficult and destructive for Democratic administrations? In the Clinton era, his presidency was almost undone by “Hilarycare,” the health care overhaul that was led by Hilary Clinton. A perfectly reasonable … Continue reading

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The Tea Party is very much alive (reports of its death are being exaggerated)

Yesterday I noted that many pundits are suggesting that the Tea Party may have gone too far, and that rational conservatives  were starting to back away, worried about the general electability of Tea Party-backed candidates. You will likely hear a … Continue reading

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The Tea Party’s Old Line on Health Care

According to Bruce Bartlett in the NY Times, rational businessmen and politicians are backing away from the Tea Party.  Today’s Virginia state elections, which pit a Tea Party line up of Republican candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General … Continue reading

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And the next political disaster is…

The Affordable Care Act signup website.  You would think that the Health and  Human Services department would have realized that (1) the most immediate, direct, and widespread contact that Americans would initially have with Obamacare would be the process of … Continue reading

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It’s a New Day (again)

Day 4 of the Federal Shutdown — and the sky has not fallen, the earth has not stopped spinning.  In fact, it is a beautiful sunny day here in Washington DC, traffic is light, and except for the odd crazy … Continue reading

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Putin plays his hand well – but with what result?

President Vladimir Putin has skillfully taken advantage of the opening given, almost by accident, by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, for Russia to frame the debate on what to do about the civil war raging in Syria. Russia’s strategic … Continue reading

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Pessimism, Refreshed

Readers of this blog know that I have been skeptical of the recent enthusiasm, buoyed by a few scattered bits of positive data, about the prospects that the developed nations have entered a vigorous recovery.  I can only guess that … Continue reading

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