IN THE April 19, 2010, ISSUE

The Long War

In the depressing aftermath of Congress’s passage of the Democratic health-care legislation, there has been an understandable temptation among conservatives to think that all their effort over the last year ...

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Articles

Politics & Policy

No Margin for Error

Whom should we blame for the enactment of Obamacare? Philip Klein, writing at The American Spectator’s site, nominates President Bush, for leaving Republicans in such poor shape. Noemie Emery reminds ...
Politics & Policy

You Think It’s Pricey Now?

From the moment Democrats introduced health-care legislation last year, Republicans focused on the adverse impact it would have on the federal debt.  But what is remarkable about the Patient Protection ...
Politics & Policy

Hardly Healthier

Just before the House of Representatives voted to enact Obamacare, Speaker Nancy Pelosi triumphantly proclaimed, “This legislation will lead to healthier lives.” Democrats and liberal pundits have clung to that ...
Politics & Policy

Obama’s Waterloo

Since Obamacare moved unsteadily over the first finishing line, liberals have been jubilant and conservatives wracked by variations on depression, including existential despair. This is a rare emotion on the ...
Politics & Policy

Disarmament Danger

The Obama administration has placed nuclear disarmament at the top of its foreign-policy agenda. Other possible goals, such as modernizing U.S. nuclear forces for deterrence purposes, are now considered either ...

Features

Politics & Policy

The Long War

In the depressing aftermath of Congress’s passage of the Democratic health-care legislation, there has been an understandable temptation among conservatives to think that all their effort over the last year ...
Politics & Policy

Ryan’s Way

Almost immediately after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the conversation about health-care reform changed. Advocates of the proposal suddenly hit cautionary notes, insisting that difficult ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Dark Continent

Many books have now been written about Europe’s malaise, most making similar observations, but Dr. Theodore Dalrymple has two great gifts and an advantage. His gifts are his prose style ...
Politics & Policy

The Next America

During the 1980s and 1990s, when many believed that Japan was ascendant and the United States was doomed to become an economic backwater, Joel Kotkin offered a strikingly different thesis. ...
Politics & Policy

Run for Your Life

There are two stories intertwined in Greenberg, Noah Baumbach’s painful, grimly comic portrait of bourgeois dysfunction in Los Angeles. One involves a 40-year-old failure, angry, acerbic, and self-sabotaging, who lurches ...

Sections

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Letters

Having It All Kevin A. Hassett recently opined that racial differences in layoff rates between white and black employees probably indicate ongoing discrimination (“Racial Recession,” March 22). I find both his ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐  May we now call it “big §#*$%@! government”? ‐  During the eight years of George W. Bush, we heard constantly that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. The moment ...
The Long View

Proposal for Consulting Contract

TO: Democratic Party November ’12 Stakeholders FROM: MessageMakers™ RE: Midterm Positioning Greetings! We here at MessageMakers™ are excited and enthused about the midterm elections and the wonderful things in store for the Democratic party! What’s ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

  TOO MANY BIRTHDAYS Curtal Sonnet #17 “What seems to be the trouble, Mr. Williams?”   — Physician “Too many birthdays.”   — Thomas J. Williams, age 91 The leg-kick that gave leverage to pull         The prop and ...
Happy Warrior

. . . Then as Farce

You’ve probably heard of Geert Wilders, the “far right” Dutch politician currently on trial in Amsterdam for offending Islam. But have you heard of Guy Earle? He’s a Canadian stand-up ...