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While Congress and the president are going about the serious business of reopening the government in a decidedly unserious manner, let’s distract ourselves by thinking about what parties we might have in a parliamentary system.
It’s easy to express contempt for our political foes. But as a 2017 political rally and a 1934 social science study teach us, polarization is much harder to sustain when we see that our ideological opponents are people, not faceless enemies.
It’s not reflected in the headlines yet, but tax reform can boost technology, productivity, and pay in other ways besides one-time bonuses.
President Trump has indicated he is willing to sign legislation that would give legal status to 11 million illegal immigrants. If Democrats want to help those people, then they need to quit the theatrics and start doing their jobs.
As we approach, gingerly, the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, none of the disasters feared by critics has come to pass. The economy has turned at least mildly upward rather than plummet to depression, the executive branch has obeyed court orders and let the press do its work unhampered, no military disaster has occurred. Fears that seemed plausible to many have proved unjustified.
The alleged success of the California model is one of the more intense controversies in the nerdier corners of public-policy debate. But there’s a new data point to inform the debate that hopefully will be more difficult to ignore: California is the poverty capital of America.
America isn’t a race. But it’s not an idea either. It is, rather, a nation. It is a nation whose identity is more bound up with political ideals than most nations: ideals such as equality before the law, self-government and freedom of religion. But those ideals are part of a national culture that is not reducible to them.
On Tuesday at AEI, along with my friend and colleague Mike McShane, I hosted a conference on “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” After spending a day noodling on the subject, I thought I’d share a few takeaways.
Given the deteriorating state of US-China trade and investment relations, it may soon be tempting for Beijing to mirror the US and raise “security” concerns about Chinese citizens using a US company’s technology.
Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn made a number of bold claims in a recent statement on net neutrality, but she made one point we can all agree with: The only way to get lasting net neutrality is to enshrine it in law through the will of the people.
Access is a huge part of what companies pay for when they hire lobbyists — a seat at the table. So, it’s certainly unseemly for a president to literally sell access to himself, as Trump does with his private clubs.
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The Trump administration has crafted a strong and comprehensive new National Security Strategy (NSS) that recognizes that the fundamental driver of contemporary geopolitics is a Sino-American rivalry and that Washington must compete more vigorously with Beijing.
Our democracy requires vigorous competition between two serious and ideologically distinct parties, both of which operate in the realm of truth, see governing as an essential and ennobling responsibility, and believe that the acceptance of republican institutions and democratic values define what it is to be an American. The Republican Party must reclaim its purpose.
Please, please, please: Let’s not squander this moment. Women and men of good will have a profound opportunity to speak honestly and work together to begin to write the next chapter in the quest for equality and dignity. If only we can pull ourselves out of the Great Sex Panic of 2017.
Federal Reserve Governor Jay Powell, just nominated by President Trump to be the next Fed Chairman, came to AEI this past July to stress that reform of the housing finance system is long past due.