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Political Memo

By / 2.2.2012

As the 2012 election gets underway, President Obama is still waiting to see who his opponent will be. Candidates and campaigns matter hugely, of course, but we should also pay attention to the field on which the match will be played—and at first glance, the lay of the political land doesn’t look so favorable to […]

Policy Brief

By and / 1.19.2012

As the 2012 election approaches, the nation’s unemployment rate will continue to drive the political debate and, in turn, the fortunes of President Obama and his GOP rivals. Despite the central focus on unemployment, however, another number deserves equal attention as a barometer of the nation’s overall economic health: housing values. As catastrophic as it […]

Policy Brief

By / 12.15.2011

Among the many casualties of the 2007-2008 financial meltdown were small businesses. As the financial system virtually shut down, millions of small business owners across America found themselves unable to get the credit they desperately needed to run their businesses, let alone expand. As a result, thousands of otherwise flourishing firms were forced into bankruptcy […]

Policy Brief

By / 10.31.2011

Somewhere in the last two decades, politicians began to believe that the way to win an electoral majority is not to prove that you can govern well, but to prove that you can campaign. Today, politicians are caught in an ever-escalating, never-ending, 24-hour, 365-day campaign cycle dominated by the burden of raising enough money to […]

Policy Brief

By and / 9.13.2011

For weeks, August 2—the date on which the U.S. Treasury might have defaulted on its debts—was the deadline that drove policymakers toward a deal on raising the debt ceiling and lowering the nation’s spiraling debt and deficits. Another pending deadline—October 1—has won far less attention. But it too could have far-reaching impacts on the U.S. […]

Political Memo

By / 8.18.2011

For most of the last 30 years, self-described ideological moderates have comprised a plurality of the American electorate. While the share of moderates has dropped slightly in recent years, 38 percent of voters in 2010 still described themselves as such. In Congress, on the other hand, moderates are decidedly—and increasingly—a minority. Among Democrats, the moderate […]

Policy Memo

By / 2.10.2011

Look, I get it. If you’re not a budget wonk, I can understand how you might not care about this stuff. But if you’re a progressive and you’re concerned about the Tea Party destroying the EPA for no good reason, then that’s reason to pay attention. I’ve written a policy memo about something else that […]

Policy Memo

By and / 1.1.2010

The Democratic Party’s 1988 presidential defeat demonstrated that the party’s problems would not disappear, as many had hoped, once Ronald Reagan left the White House. Without a charismatic president to blame for their ills, Democrats must now come face to face with reality: too many Americans have come to see the party as inattentive to […]