Op-eds and Articles

Op-eds and Articles

Marshall for the Daily News: “Britain’s Warning to American Democrats”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s thumping victory last week confirms that 2016 was a political watershed. It marked the beginning of a new political alignment that is rewriting the rules of party competition here and abroad. That was the year voters stunned the UK political establishment by voting narrowly to leave the European Union. Then…

Marshall for The Hill: “Is Corbyn handing Brexit to Boris Johnson?”

When British voters go to the polls Thursday, it probably will be their last chance to stop Brexit. If they don’t, Jeremy Corbyn will bear much of the blame. Wait – isn’t the Labour Party leader running to oust the man actually driving the UK toward Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson? Yes, but polls show Johnson’s Conservatives holding…

Marshall for The Daily Beast: How Democrats Can Replace Trump’s Failing Foreign Policy

It’s hard to know what kind of foreign policy Americans want today. The evidence is mixed. On the other hand, what they don’t want is growing clearer every day—Donald Trump’s brand of self-dealing, morally vacant diplomacy. Read PPI President Will Marshall's piece in The Daily Beast here. 

Ritz for Forbes, “Donald Trump’s Budget For A Declining America”

After the president’s budget was released on Monday, House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) called it “A Budget for a Declining America.” Unfortunately, that might be an understatement. The Trump administration's Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal is a compilation of the worst ideas to come out of the Republican Party over the last decade. It would dismantle public investments that…

Marshall for The Hill, “Donald Trump has zero faith in the power of American ideas”

Let’s hope special counsel Robert Mueller gets to the bottom soon of Donald Trump’s strange dalliance with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The plot thickened last week as the GOP-led Senate narrowly rejected a Democratic bid to prevent the administration from lifting sanctions on Russian oligarch and Putin crony Oleg Deripaska, who also did business with…

PPI Launches Series of New Ideas for a ‘Do-Something’ Congress

Dear Democratic Class of 2018, Congratulations on your election to the U.S. House of Representatives! In addition to winning your own race, you are part of something larger – the first wave of a progressive resurgence in U.S. politics. The midterm elections gave U.S. voters their first opportunity to react to the way Donald Trump…

Bledsoe for The Hill, “Takeaway from Poland: Climate success requires action by global leaders – including US president”

The biggest takeaway from two weeks of climate negotiations in Poland is simple, if breathtaking: climate change is such a massive and existential issue that it can only be effectively dealt with by major nation heads of state, not just a collection of 195 environment ministers. Yes, the basic rules for accounting, monitoring and verification…

Marshall for New York Daily News, “New Old Labour: The U.K. party’s tight embrace of retrograde ideas, and what it might mean for Democratic Socialists in the U.S.”

Democrats, like progressive parties across the transatlantic world, are struggling to find an answer to populist nationalism. Could that answer lie in reviving another old political creed, socialism? Some young Democratic activists, inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders, are flirting with “democratic socialism.” But they have nothing on Britain’s Labour Party, which consummated its on-again relationship…

PPI Proposes Countering China with Smart, Targeted Strategy-Not Tariffs & Trade Wars-to Secure American Competitiveness

The President’s blunt goal of reducing America’s trade deficit with China won’t address the threat of China’s high-tech mercantilism WASHINGTON —The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new report by Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade & Global Opportunity, proposing a smart, targeted long-term U.S. strategy to combat China’s state-directed technology mercantilism, instead of…

Marshall for New York Daily News, “Trump’s petulant Iran deal pullout: He has no clue what comes next”

President Trump seems determined to keep his dumbest 2016 campaign promises. First, he pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is designed to create a strong economic counterweight to China. Then, he pulled us out of the Paris climate accord, essentially signaling that the United States will not cooperate with the rest…
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