The Hiding of Liberalism

By: Friday October 19, 2012 10:46 am

Michael Gerson is a former Bush speechwriter, and an unlikely candidate to have written something with which I wholeheartedly agree. But I think he’s reached a core insight here: In its heyday — say, the 1960s — American liberalism had an obvious identity. It was ambitious, reformist and frankly moral in its appeal to a [...]

FDA Seeks “Voluntary” Limits on Antibiotics in Livestock

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 10:18 am

I think you have to look at this new FDA announcement, that they will seek “voluntary” limits for antibiotics in animal feed, must be seen in a few different contexts. First, here’s Ezra Klein convincing me about the importance of this issue: This might not seem like a huge deal to you. But it is. [...]

New Study: Presidents Getting More and More Conservative

By: Monday February 6, 2012 8:15 am

An interesting new study from political scientists Keith Poole and Christopher Hare at the University of Georgia finds that Barack Obama is the most conservative Democratic President of the modern era. Using a modified version of DW-NOMINATE scores, the duo find that Democratic Presidents have gotten moderately more conservative over the past several decades, while [...]

A Good Election Night for Rearguard Actions for Liberals

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 6:10 am

Election Day 2011 is over, and the victories for Democrats – and more accurately, for liberal values – across the country largely shared a characteristic – they were successful defensive actions to stave off extremely draconian conservative objectives. The most notable of these came in Ohio, where SB 5, the anti-union bill which stripped most [...]

Debating the Effectiveness of the Latest Administration Housing Initiative

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 6:52 am

The President spoke yesterday in Las Vegas on the Administration’s new refinancing initiative. Just from a public education standpoint, the fact that the President of the United States is telling people they have the opportunity to refinance their mortgage might be as important as the changes to the program, in terms of take-up. What’s key about this from a policy standpoint is how circumspect the President was.

Maybe People Don’t Believe in Government Because Government Hasn’t Given Them Anything to Believe In Lately

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 1:03 pm

I’ve noticed a lingering claim that the reason we won’t see a pivot to jobs over the next several months is that the progressive movement hasn’t sold the concept of the public good and the proper government. I thought we were supposed to be the ones too focused on rhetorical flourish and not the hard [...]

Political Dynamics on Deficits All Moving To the Right

By: Wednesday April 13, 2011 2:37 pm

One thing many people aren’t factoring into this budget debate is the fact that it will be happening in a Presidential election season. The more established GOP candidates have begun to enter the race, and they will need to get votes from conservative backers. Therefore they will push the public conversation increasingly to the right. [...]

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