Why is public policy so often reactive, convoluted, and obtuse? This political scientist has an explanation – and a way to start fixing it.
Obama was only the seventeenth president to make a second inaugural address. Together, these addresses offer a portrait of our evolving Nation, charting the path of various ideologies, historical forces, and rhetorical tropes. Here are all seventeen.
The Guardian and the New York Times have come out with excellent graphics looking at existing gun regulations by state and at the proposed federal gun regulations. Both raise the interesting question of how to regulate well.
Looking back on the last century of data, no other Congress was as ideologically divided as the 112th. The 113th Congress looks to be worse.
The dissident conservative economist Bruce Bartlett has written an excellent essay about how he was exiled from the conservative world because of the conclusions he drew about the Bush administration and the Great Recession.
The Romney campaign was unwilling to draw conclusions from impartial polling, and this error proved to be a major factor in the election.
Set aside the irrational rancor and reckless obstruction. It’s time to sit down and get to the hard work of governing.