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The First Test for Our Newly "Civil" Congress: The Repeal of Health Care Reform

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Congress has just gone through 10 days of reflection and grief over the tragedy in Tucson. Will we see civil discourse take place this week in Congress?

David Brooks' Extraordinary Blindspot

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

David Brooks' latest a-pox-on-our-whole-culture column reflects his ongoing need to think of himself as a thoughtful, self-restrained conservative. But he lacks the awareness and self-reflection to face the implications of his own political allegiances.

Negotiating Against America: Why Obama Shouldn't Listen to David Brooks

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Brooks is smart, and he's a good salesman, so his ideas may resonate with the President. That would be a very bad thing indeed. He's using new catchphrases to dress up some very bad, very old, and very unpopular ideas.

Obama's Bipartisan Investment Strategy

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

Obama spoke yesterday about the costs of the displacement of manufacturing and textiles. Both were caused by the decades-long Reagan Revolution led divestment from America -- not the last several years.

Who Should Pay to Fix the Economy?

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Republicans fractured the US economy because they forgot an elemental truth: our economic heartbeat requires steady consumption by working Americans not the random largess of the rich.

David Brooks Reveals His Problem With Republicans

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

New York Times columnist David Brooks debated Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at an American Enterprise Institute forum Thursday and, amid a large ...

Millennials Tackle 21st Century Challenges With a Blueprint for America's Future

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Hilary A. Doe

The largest-ever generation of Americans -- the Millennial Generation, born between 1980 and 2000 -- has designed the future that they want to inherit.

David Brooks Weighs In On California's Dysfunction | DAVID BROOKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Sometimes it's hard to remember what good government looks like: government that disciplines itself but looks to the long term; government that inspir...

Piggy Bank Morality: Maya MacGuineas and David Brooks

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Social Security doesn't contribute to the deficit. But it can help decrease it, provided you have no moral qualms about raiding a Trust Fund created for people's retirement

America Wants Jobs, and "Jobs" Means "Science"

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James M. Gentile

While the immediate impact of the mid-term elections was clearly political, the overriding message of the elections was not. It was about jobs. Americ...

David Brooks on the Cultures of Economics

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

True, liberals have a tendency to seek out mechanical answers to complex social and economic questions. But Republican economists do the same, albeit with mechanical solutions like reducing taxes.

Food -- The American Midwest at the Cusp of an Economic Renaissance

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

In the coming food shortages, the American Midwest will become the most crucial provider of food grains to the world, building on an already leading, but barely heralded position of leadership.

David Brooks on Stepin Fetchit -- A Rhyming Rant

Jim Parry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Parry

"Culturally, (Obama) will have to demonstrate that even though he comes from an unusual background, he is a fervent believer in the old-fashioned bour...

Three Good Things for Progressives to Take From the Midterm Election Results

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

It's been easy for the Republicans to spend the last two years demonizing and obstructing the president. Well now the GOP has a share of the power, and they can no longer just sit back and throw rocks.

Stemming the Tide of Secret Corporate Money

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

When historians look back on the 2010 election, it will be remembered for three things -- a bad economy, the rise of the Tea Party, and the undertow of anonymous corporate money. Time for a pro-democracy Tea Party.

David Brooks: Soft in the Head

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

In his latest column, David Brooks is being a typical postmodern Republican: shameless, Bismarckian, and contemptuous of communitarians.

The Top Ten Good Men Politicians

Tom Matlack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Matlack

At the Good Men Project Magazine, we want to believe that there are a few good men in politics. We need to believe it. So we spent the last few months looking for them.

Citizens United -- Game Changer

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We can't really predict what will happen on November 2. All we know is that the historical trends are pushing against the Democrats, and that Citizens United has definitively tipped the scales in favor of the oligarchy.

Collateral Damage: The Hidden Costs of the Ariel Boycott

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Boycotts focus on arresting the most valuable yet vulnerable freedoms: freedom of thought. Like a cluster bomb, boycotts are not particularly surgical in its strike, instead reeking extensive collateral damage.

Jason Linkins

David Brooks Thanks Rahm Emanuel For All The Phone Calls | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

David Brooks today takes up the cause of one of the White House's central strategic figures, Rahm Emanuel, and he wants you to know that Emanuel is really an awesome guy!

A Rising "Social Psychosis" In Public And Private Life

Douglas LaBier | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

The pursuit of greed, self-centeredness and materialism have become the holy trinity of public and private conduct in America. And it's generating a growing "social psychosis."

Celebrating Pretend and Cruel Conservatives

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Bobo somehow managed to survive his latest access-induced fever to scribble down some notes involving a wonderful dream he had about a "fiscal Conserv...

I Respect Tom Brokaw and Al Huang, but I Can't Afford to Eat With Them

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

October in California is fundraising time and if you are on any Republican Party's mailing list you'll be receiving pleas for contributions from two p...

Abuse of Process

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

Unfortunately, politics is wired to protect incumbents and frustrate challengers. It is at its strongest not in making progress but in defending its own privileges and advantages.

Brooks: Anti-government Ideology Threatens American Greatness

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jesse Jenkins

By Devon Swezey and Jesse Jenkins It is fashionable these days to paint the government as a useless yet ravenous institution, the expansion of which ...