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. 15, No. 5, May

American Families at Risk
A PROSPECT SPECIAL REPORT Ronald Reagan's domestic program was properly understood as a war on the poor. But as this package of articles shows, George W. Bush's is more like a war on the middle class. SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION, THERE HAS BEEN...
Bankers versus Base: Deficit Reduction Is the Wrong Obsession. Democrats Need to Embrace Jobs and Growth
THERE MAY COME A DAY, IN JANUARY 2005, WHEN THE Democrats will come back to power. Can we perhaps divert ourselves from the campaign long enough to ask, what then? The Democrats have a problem. Their base wants jobs and security. Their financial...
Be Unprepared
JUST IN CASE OUR PLUNGE into Iraq hasn't already made you feel safer--what with all those weapons of mass destruction destroyed and all that Islamic rage dispelled--you might also consider the effect of the war on the readiness of U.S. and U.K. forces...
Black Listed Cancer Treatment Could Save Your Life
Baltimore, MD -- As unbelievable as it seems the key to stopping many cancers has been around for over 30 years. Yet it has been banned. Blocked. And kept out of your medicine cabinet by the very agency designed to protect your health--the FDA. ...
Do Fat Cats Pay Less?
When then-presidential candidate John Edwards complained that "something is deeply wrong when a billionaire has a lower tax rate than his secretary," he was talking about George W. Bush's cut in the top tax rate on dividends and capital gains to only...
Don't Mourn, Mobilize: Middle-Class Voters Grasp That Bush Is Not Representing Their Interests. but They Don't Act on That Perception. They Might-But It's Up to Democrats to Motivate Them
IT'S GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO BE MIDDLE class. As a result of the Bush administration's relentless tax-cutting agenda--designed to limit the ability of government to deliver services--the lives of middle-class Americans are becoming more difficult...
Earth Last: Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe Is Waging a War on Science So Extreme That Even the Bush Administration Seems Moderate by Comparison
AT A RECENT HEARING OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT and Public Works, the Republican chairman, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, confronted Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt with a serious complaint. Leavitt had come to the...
Freedom Fraud: President Bush and the Neocons Say They're Today's Real Idealists; That Their Foreign Policy Spreads Democracy and Doesn't Coddle Dictators. They Say It. They Just Don't Do It
BY THE FALL OF 2003, THE MAIN ARGUMENT BY WHICH THE Iraq War was sold to the public--that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction that it was likely to give to terrorists--was looking pretty threadbare. Tacking with the wind, George W. Bush took...
Future Retirees at Risk: Bush's "Ownership Society" Would Replace Existing Social-Insurance Systems with Personal Savings Accounts. His Approach Threatens to Make Old Age and Poverty Synonymous Again
RETIREMENT SECURITY FOR MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS is at risk. First, the push to privatize Social Security has diverted attention from solving the program's financing problems. Second, unchecked reliance on 401(k) plans has made employer provided pensions...
Hit the Road, George
WHEN A GALLUP POLL reports that motorists are more concerned about road rage than drunk driving, you know that either rush hour's really bad or MADD's out of a job. Every year commuters idle away 3.6 billion hours and 5.7 billion gallons of gas stuck...
Insincere Monetary Fund
IF THERE'S ONE CAUSE with which the International Monetary Fund has become identified--aside from driving recession-plagued developing nations into depressions by prescribing the same fiscal remedies that worked so well for Herbert Hoover in 1930--it's...
John on the Spot: There's No Question That Democrats Are United against George W. Bush. but That's Not Quite the Same Thing as Being United for John Kerry
THEY SAY THAT JOHN KERRY HAS THE entire Democratic establishment, and even some outliers, in his corner. "I personally have never seen the Democratic Party more united," says one party strategist. "As in ever." Swearing that the intraparty squabbling...
Losing Ground: Outsourcing Jobs, Harassing Labor Unions, Repealing Safety Regulations, Undercutting Benefits: The Bush Administration Is Clearly Winning a Great Victory in Its War on America's Workers
DURING THE 2000 PRESIDENTIAL TV DEBATES, George W. Bush relentlessly repeated the tired Republican mantra that government, especially the federal government, is the enemy of American workers. As president, he's turned that rhetoric into reality. ...
Meanwhile, in Africa
An interesting case study in the Bush administration's penchant for forging bilateral alliances that are enabling some truly wretched regimes is Eritrea, a small Horn of Africa nation strategically located on the Red Sea, where some on the right would...
Mel, Meet Monty
Hollywood's latest counterpunch to the impact of Mel Gibson's sects-and-violence blockbuster, The Passion of the Christ, is the re-release of Monty Python's masterpiece, The Life of Brian. Henry Jaglom, who is handling Brian's Second Coming, says,...
Middle Class and Broke: Once, the Larger Society Shared the Cost of Raising and Educating the Next Generation. These Days, the Responsibilities Are Falling More to Individual Families. It's Bringing Parents to Their Knees
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN ARE UNDER ASSAULT. The assault is quiet, attracting few headlines, no congressional investigations, no knowing conversations at the office or at parties. The assault is stealthy, but the effects are profound. This year, more...
Realistpolitik: Rising on W.'s Right Flank: The Realists, Libertarians, and Traditionalists Who Oppose the Neocons' Imperial Designs-And Might Even Vote That Way
JOHN MEARSHEIMER, ONE OF THE PRE-EMINENT representatives of the realist school of international relations, voted for George W. Bush in 2000. But not this time. Come November, he's not only voting for John Kerry but "will do so with enthusiasm." ...
Schools of Hard Knocks: Education Is the Ticket of Entry to the Middle Class. So Why Has Bush Done So Little to Establish Social Equity and So Much to Impede Social Mobility? Chalk It Up to "Compassionate Conservatism."
THE FIGHTS OVER EDUCATION--SCHOOL VOUCHERS, the No Child Left Behind Act, affirmative action, and access to higher education--resonate deeply with people because they are literally fights over the American dream. Americans used to be able to move up...
Step Back: How Long Is the United States Going to Be in Iraq? and in Whose Hands and What Shape Are We Going to Leave It? Recent Events Ought to Force Us All to Re-Examine These Questions No Matter Whether We Opposed or Supported the Original Invasion
As this magazine goes to press (April 12), U.S. forces in Iraq are facing battles on two fronts, with a new insurrection in Shia cities in addition to continued resistance in the Sunni heartland. Whether the Shia uprising will be a short-lived episode...
The Great Tax Shift: The President Says His Cuts Are Simply a Way of "Giving People Their Money Back." but the Bill Will Come Due One Way or Another-And Lower- and Middle-Class Households Will Foot It
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS THAT THE guiding principle for its fiscal policy has been "lower income taxes for all, with the greatest help for those most in need," as the White House Web site puts it, The reality is starkly different. The tax cuts...
The Rice Capades: Condi's Problems Hardly Started with the 9-11 Commission. She's Been Screwing Up from the Start-And Her Mistakes Tell a Larger Story about Conservative Foreign-Policy Failures
BETWEEN MAY AND JULY 2001, THE NATIONAL SECURITY Agency intercepted more than 30 private communications suggesting an imminent terrorist attack. In June, U.S. intelligence discovered that leading al-Qaeda operatives were vanishing from sight, possibly...
Throwing Away the Rules: In Its Zeal to Kowtow to Business, the Bush Administration Is Dismantling a Century of Regulations That Protect Middle Class Consumers from Financial Fraud and Health Hazards
CORPORATE AMERICA'S IDEOLOGICAL ASSAULT ON government regulation has undermined middle America's understanding of why these rules exist in the first place. It is true that some regulations have lived past their prime, protecting monopolies and stifling...
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