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Why Can’t Americans Have Nice Things?

By Joe Miller, The Century Foundation Americans have it pretty good. We’re the third-richest nation on the planet. Scholars debate whether we’re a hyperpower (à la Rome in its heyday), or “merely” the world’s only superpower. We enjoy a level of personal freedom that is the envy of the world. In fact, we have so much money and […]

June 25, 2013

5 Things We Should Be Talking About Instead Of Pseudo-Scandals

by Joe Miller, The Century Foundation So, apparently the IRS has illegally investigated the tax-exempt status of AP reporters who were calling Tea Party groups in Benghazi. Or something like that. It’s been a little hard to decipher my Twitter stream of late. What’s much clearer is that Washington’s latest round of Much Ado About Nothing scandal-mongering has […]

May 15, 2013

The Terror Of Gun Control

by Michael Cohen, @speechboy71 Fellow, The Century Foundation, @tcfdotorg The thriving metropolis of Boston was turned into a ghost town on an otherwise lovely Friday afternoon. Nearly a million Bostonians were asked to stay in their homes – and willingly complied. Schools were closed; business shuttered; trains, subways and roads were empty; usually busy streets eerily resembled a […]

May 2, 2013

The Conservative Quest to Eliminate Facts

by Joe Miller, @jjosephmiller Director of Digital Communications, The Century Foundation, @tcfdotorg The very first post at FactCheck.org referenced that great line from the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but not their own facts.” During the years I spent at FactCheck, I certainly wittnessed my share of politicians trying to make up their own […]

May 2, 2013

How the Senate Killed Gun Control, In One Map

by Benjamin Landy, @Ben_Landy Policy Associate, The Century Foundation, @tcfdotorg Despite broad support from the American public, the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment to extend background checks died in the Senate, six ‘ayes’ short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. But party divisions were only one reason why the gun vote failed. More important was the institutional structure […]

April 19, 2013

Graph: Can Congress Be Trusted With Tax Reform?

by Benjamin Landy Policy Associate, The Century Foundation With the possibility of comprehensive tax reform finally on the horizon, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT)—the man in charge of overseeing any revision to the nation’s tax code—has found himself in the harsh glare of the national spotlight. Several media profiles in the past month […]

April 11, 2013

No, New Tax Cuts Will Not Pay For Themselves

By Andrew Fieldhouse Originally posted at The Century Foundation If the Laffer curve hypothesis is the first commandment of the modern conservative movement, then its economist namesake, Arthur Laffer, is its chief apostle. Laffer argued that it is theoretically possible to raise more government revenue by lowering tax rates, thereby offering a “free lunch” for […]

April 4, 2013

March Madness: Obama 108, Ryan 0

By Michael Liksoky, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation Many reviews of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget have found it lacking – mostly due to oversights or slights to poor and working Americans.  But the social safety net isn’t the only thing largely ignored in the Ryan budget. It seems he overlooked a little something called […]

March 24, 2013

Iraq Wasn’t About Policy, It Was About Ethics

by Joe Miller, The Century Foundation Ten years ago today, the United States invaded Iraq, kicking off what is variously known as the Iraq War and the Second Gulf War. The policy blogosphere has spent much of the past week engaging in public mea culpas from those who supported the war back in 2003, and […]

March 20, 2013

5 Truths You Won’t Hear At CPAC

From The Century Foundation It’s that time of year again. That glorious weekend when thousands of uniquely dressed conservatives descend on Washington, D.C. to celebrate being the political advocates for upper-class, white, heterosexual Americans. For those of you who were not invited and will be watching from home, here are five truths you won’t hear […]

March 14, 2013