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Dan Morgan

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Ideology Won't Solve Our Problems

(4) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 5:28 PM

When communism was in full swing, I co-authored a series of articles for The Washington Post showing how ideology was stifling economic development in the Soviet bloc.

My colleague Bob Kaiser and I reported how Marxist-Leninist doctrine hampered banking and business reforms in Hungary. Poland didn't allow tiny, privately-owned farms...

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Remembering Poverty Before the Safety Net

(12) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 2:17 PM

Early in my reporting career -- nearly half a century ago -- my editor sent me out on a freezing pre-Christmas day to do a story on poverty in northeast Washington, D.C.

I found people living in basement apartments with dirt floors. Many were hungry, cold and short of coal...

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Congress's Short-Sighted Farm Policy

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 10:30 AM

Getting agriculture policy right was viewed as a key to pulling America out of the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Agriculture Secretary Henry A. Wallace's visionary ideas on food security, soil conservation and a social safety net for farmers were at the heart of the New Deal,...

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Big Government Republicans

(38) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 12:56 PM

In labeling Democrats as the "party of big government," Republicans may have pulled off the most audacious public relations coup since Austria persuaded the world that Hitler was a German.

When President Bush took office, the government was running a budget surplus and was on its way to paying off...

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