Articles

With Enemies Like These, Who Needs Friends?
No Left Turn
June 24, 2011

When we were all reading about Laborgeddon in Wisconsin, a prominent argument was that the Republican proposals to curb unions were gratuitous, since public employee unions understood clearly the gravity of the fiscal situation, and were fully prepared to responsibly negotiate the kinds of concessions necessary to help the state remain solvent. A reasonable guess would be that Gov. Malloy now considers such arguments to be as much of a travesty as the Wisconsin legislation he disparaged.

Aim High - But How High is Too High?
No Left Turn
June 20, 2011

I'll note for the record that even though there's no record of sustaining a 5% growth rate for anything close to ten years, there is a political precedent in calling for one.

You Won't Have Anthony Weiner to Jerk Around Anymore
No Left Turn
June 16, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will resign from his seat in Congress, heeding calls from President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and dozens of other congressional Democrats, sources confirm to POLITICO.

Democracy and the Welfare State
No Left Turn
June 7, 2011

So, am I a squish on the question of the welfare state? I prefer to think that I am restating the fundamental facts about how the question will and should be considered and settled.

Further Thoughts on Taxes and Spending
No Left Turn
June 5, 2011

Harold Meyerson recently set out to sneer, in the pages and pixels of the Washington Post, but succeeded more decisively in refuting himself. It's always a bad sign when a writer introduces statistical evidence that weakens the argument he's trying to make.

How Low Can We Go?
No Left Turn
June 3, 2011

A growing economy should mean that more and more Americans can pay for more and more of their own needs and wants through their own economic efforts, rather than through the political efforts it takes to secure more and more generous welfare state benefits for more and more recipients

The Tao of Jerry
The Claremont Institute
April 20, 2011

Mr. Brown goes to Sacramento…again.

Faith-Based Politics Comes to "Mother Jones" Magazine
No Left Turn
April 2, 2011

Whether Obama can be a successful president while being such a big disappointment to his core constituency is doubtful, at best.

For Dionne: Responsibility Equals Tax Increases
No Left Turn
March 4, 2011

Dionne's readers will need considerable patience if they're waiting for his column praising Cuomo and Shumlin for courageously repudiating the interests and instincts that prevail among their partisans and campaign contributors.

Having It Both Ways on Majority-Rule
No Left Turn
March 1, 2011

I challenge readers who are already puzzling over the claim that frustrating senate majorities in Washington is abominable, while frustrating them in Wisconsin is heroic, to go on to an extra-credit question.