Domestic Policy

Which Way for the Democrats? (IV)

The question that I’ve raised in earlier posts—whether Democrats’ political prospects are better advanced with a relatively centrist or with a more leftist, progressive policy approach and strategy—has continued to generate controversy. Even the normally lay-back Jimmy Carter got into ...

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Medicare for All? (II)

How often do you see me citing David Brooks favorably? Well, I’m doing it today because he does such a good job of elaborating on the points I made in my first post of this title. Brooks starts out by ...

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Medicare for All?

Everybody seems to be talking about how the Democratic Party is moving to the left these days in response to an increasingly aroused base. I’m happy about that, but I do worry about some of the policy proposals that come ...

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The Wall and the Shutdown, Made Simple

Happy New Year!  It certainly promises to be an interesting year politically. I haven’t paid close attention to the various partisan maneuvers over the federal government shutdown. There really are only a few basic things to be kept in mind. ...

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Sorry, Paul

I have had many occasions to praise Paul Krugman in this blog, so for once you’re going to see me criticize him. In his column today, Krugman heaps practically all the blame on the Republicans for the weak economic recovery ...

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Which way for the Democrats? (II)

The question that I raised in a post a few months ago has gotten a lot of play in the media lately, probably sparked by the surprise victory of the self-described socialist, neophyte Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, in a New York ...

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Of Chimps and Abortion

I was struck by the relevance to each other of two completely unrelated articles in today’s NY Times “Review” section. The first was an op-ed by Ross Douthat devoted to a denunciation of “abortion extremists” who would countenance abortion in ...

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America’s Exceptional Gun Problem (II)

I don’t like to repeat myself, but some things bear repeating.  Here, again, is the link to that excellent article I cited in a previous post.  Among other things, it thoroughly demolishes the gun nuts’ familiar claim that the only ...

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America’s Exceptional Gun Problem

I was planning to do a follow-up post today on the NFL protest controversy, but in the wake of the horror in Las Vegas, it’s hard to talk about anything else, isn’t it?  The case for sane gun control laws ...

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Spectacle in DC

What has been happening on Capitol Hill over the past few days is crazy, sleazy and deplorable. Majority Leader McConnell has sought to pass several different versions of a bill that was drafted in secret by a small group of ...

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