The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 5, May

A License for Power. (Comment)
Where's the conservative suspicion of the media now that we really need it? The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to roll back long-established rules limiting media ownership, a move that would make the media behemoths more powerful than...
All the President's Lies: Bush's Rhetoric Bears No Resemblence to His Policies. How Does He Get Away with It?
Other presidents have had problems with truth-telling. Lyndon Johnson was said, politely, to have suffered a "credibility gap" when it came to Vietnam. Richard Nixon, during Watergate, was reduced to protesting, "I am not a crook." Bill Clinton was...
Bring Me Women. (Comment)
At least Pfc. Jessica Lynch got her wounds on the battlefront. Back on the home front, Air Force Academy women have been taking friendly fire. Rape, it seems, is the price of graduation. To many civilians, that news from the Air Force Academy sounds...
Candidate's Scorecard: Health Care. (Devil in the Details)
AS A SERVICE TO OUR readers, the Prospect herewith inaugurates this page, which will rate the presidential candidates' policy proposals as they begin to release them in detail. So far, President Bush and two of the Democratic contenders have put...
Deja Voodoo Economics. (the Taxonomist)
My friend and adversary Bruce Bartlett of the rabidly anti-tax National Center for Policy Analysis was tapped by Philadelphia public radio to defend President Bush's enacted and proposed tax cuts. Bartlett spoke glowingly about the tax cuts' sharp...
Filmic Face-Lift: Better Luck Tomorrow Makes over Asian American Cinema. (Film)
fra-cas (`fra-kes) n a noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel; a brawl THE WHITE GUY HAD NO IDEA HE WAS about to do filmmaker Justin Lin a huge favor. After watching Lin's tale of Asian American high-school overachievers gone bad, the journalist didn't...
Giving the Poor Some Credit: Microloans Are in Vogue. Are They a Sound Idea? (America's Wealth)
Microcredit for the poor is one of those ideas that attracts both liberals and conservatives. In principle, even the world's poorest people can acquire habits of savings and investment--if they have access to capital. The strategy is both redistributive...
How Wealth Defines Power: The Politics of the New Gilded Age
Of all the great deceptions that come to surround a gathering stock-market boom--from blather about the obsolescence of the business cycle to editorial claptrap about the United States turning into a republic of shareholders--one of the most pernicious...
Humpty Dumpty in Baghdad: How the Pentagon Plans to Dominate Postwar Iraq. (Dispatches)
THE PENTAGON IS RUMBLING INTO Baghdad completely unprepared to fashion a viable new Iraqi government, seemingly obsessed with installing the discredited and corrupt Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), as the country's leader....
In God's Name: Past Presidents Have Shown There's a Better Way to Invoke God in Wartime
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION RUSHED INTO WAR TALKING about good and evil. "A calculated, malignant, devastating evil has arisen in our world," proclaimed Attorney General John Ashcroft. "And we know God is not neutral," added President Bush. While few defend...
Jews in Play? Republicans Go after the Jewish Vote (Again). (Dispatches)
MILTON HIMMELFARB ONCE FAMOUSLY quipped that "Jews earn like Episcopalians and vote like Puerto Ricans." These days Republicans are trying to win the hearts and ballots of both Jewish and Hispanic voters. They may have more luck with the Jews. ...
Minister without Portfolio. (below the Beltway)
During the Iran-Contra scandal, it became clear that private citizens had been playing a critical role in the Reagan administration's foreign policy. Some of them, such as Richard Secord, had previously been government officials; others, such as Michael...
Never Again. (Comment)
A healthy constitutional system learns from its mistakes, and we have made a big one. Congress should never again write the president a blank check to make war. The precedent left by the first President Bush has cast a very large shadow on this present...
No News Is Good News: How Bush Gets a Free Ride-Again and Again and Again. (Media)
IN MID-MARCH, WASHINGTON POST REporter Jonathan Weisman made a startling confession on media columnist Jim Romenesko's Web site. Weisman acknowledged that he changed a quote in a story about R. Glenn Hubbard, President Bush's departing economic adviser,...
Outsourcing the Dirty Work: The Military and Its Reliance on Hired Guns. (Dispatches)
THE WAR IN IRAQ COULD NOT HAVE taken place without a network of for-profit contractors upon which the U.S. military has come to depend. Some 20,000 employees of private military companies (PMCs) and of more traditional military contractors accompanied...
Savings Incentives for the Poor: Why the Scale Doesn't Match the Promise. (America's Wealth)
THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY IN AMERICA LOOMS LARGE even in the best of times. The most recent economic boom got the share of those officially deemed poor down to 11.7 percent, or about 33 million persons, but poverty rates are much higher for economically...
Sharing America's Wealth: The Necessary Role of Government in Broadening the Middle Class
America's generously egalitarian spirit coexists with a startlingly narrow concentration of wealth that has only worsened in the past two decades. This special report, one in a continuing Prospect series, explores how to think about this conundrum...
Tax Wealth to Broaden Wealth: Reframing the Debate and Mobilizing a Constituency
I RECENTLY SPOKE AT A VETERANS' CLUB IN SUBURBAN Boston about the dangers of America's growing wealth gap and its possible solutions. I informally polled the assembled group of 150 men, all white and over the age of 60. How many had received a low-interest...
The Big Lesson. (the Last Word)
Memorandum To: The President From: Karl Rove As the Iraq War winds down, I want to bring to your attention several important lessons. Election day is just 19 months away. While I have the highest respect for your dad, I think it fair to say he squandered...
The Cowed Donkeys. (Devil in the Details)
THE SILENCE OF THE Democratic lambs continues. Generals not grousing about Don Rumsfeld's high-tech, air-power, special-forces invasion plan, which omitted only infantry and artillery from its order of battle, are being denied entry at officers' clubs....
The Indentured Generation: How Debt Stunts Young People's Dreams. (America's Wealth)
WHEN STEFANIE DAVIS, 27, WAS A STUDENT AT GEORGEtown Law School in 2001, the subject of student-loan debt and future legal salaries was an ever-present topic of conversation. Davis, who is married to a software developer, had the privilege of attending...
The Most Dangerous President Ever: How and Why George W. Bush Undermines American Security. (Cover Story)
I miss Ronald Reagan. I know, I know: Reagan was our first president to proclaim government the problem, to cut taxes massively on the rich, to deliberately create a deficit so immense that the government's improverishment did indeed become a problem....
The Myth of the Investor Class: And Why Small Investors Still Rely on Government
Although the ownership of stocks and bonds is more highly concentrated than ever, we've been hearing a great deal lately about the rise of an "investor class." This concept, used with much abandon by free-market theorists and political operatives,...
The Risky Business of Retirement: Pension Protections Are Shaky and Social Security Is under Assault. (America's Wealth)
It's not your imagination: Americans are facing a lot more risk these days. Gone are the sense of national invulnerability and the notion that we are widely beloved because of our prosperity, our movies, our Bill of Rights, even our McDonald's. We...
Three Economic Amigos. (Devil in the Details)
TIME WAS WHEN ECOnomic advisers to the president actually advised the president on economics, but in an administration that plans to substitute Paul Wolfowitz for the United Nations, much is up for grabs. Indeed, the administration took pains to...
Trans-Atlantic Food Fight: The Stakes in the U.S.-Europe Battle over Genetically Engineered Crops
AT THE SUNDAY MARKET AT THE PLACE DE LA BASTILLE in Paris, the produce proudly announces its origins. There are bananas from Martinique, olives from Spain, artichokes from Brittany and broccoli from Saint-Malo, the place names written just above the...
Wages Are, like, So Old. (Devil in the Details)
REPUBLICANS, LIKE YOGA instructors, are great proselytizers for flexibility. Whether the issue is health care, welfare reform or airport security, Republicans invariably prefer flexibility (that is, letting business do what it wants) to standards,...
Were We Wrong?
The Bush administration settled the argument about whether inspections could ever contain Saddam Hussein by making the issue moot. But the next phase of a broader debate continues. The Iraq War is the first step in a new and alarming policy, which...

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