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. 13, No. 22, December 16

Dems in the Dumps: Demystifying Their Defeat; Charting Their Comeback
WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE. IN THE WAKE of yet another of their periodic election debacles, the Democrats are deflated and dispirited, bothered and bewildered. Bewildered, I think, more than anything else. After all, this is not 1980, the year of...
How to Undermine a Law: Pitt, Webster and the SEC Mess. (Gazette)
THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO the high-profile resignations of Harvey Pitt and William Webster are symptomatic of a broad effort by President Bush, Republicans on Capitol Hill and the business community to undermine a six-month old law designed to prevent...
King Coal: Guess Who's Bushwhacking the Environment for Votes? (below the Beltway)
SINCE TAKING OFFICE, GEORGE W. Bush has aggressively rolled back environmental regulations and initiatives. What he hasn't achieved by changing the rules he has done by reducing the staff devoted to enforcing them. According to a study by AIR Daily,...
President George W. McKinley? Bush Waxes Nostalgic for Robber Baron-Era Tax Policies. (the Taxonomist)
IS GEORGE W. BUSH HOPING TO TAKE US BACK TO THE 19th century on tax policy? Prior to the 20th century, except under Abraham Lincoln, the federal government relied almost entirely on regressive consumption taxes to pay its bills. This system of...
Reclaiming the Party: Three Suggestions to Jump-Start the Democrats. (Gazette)
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY--like Enron, the FBI and the Catholic Church--is a dysfunctional institution that cannot reform itself from the inside. If the party were a well-run corporation whose products weren't selling, its board of directors or its CEO...
Rhyme and Reason: The Eminem Vehicle 8 Mile Offers a Surprisingly Gritty Ride. (the Critics Film)
PART OF THE rUN OF 8 MILE is guessing at who's in the lead role: Is it the real-life Marshall Mathers III, the sullen Eminem or the explosively perverse Slim Shady? Starring Mathers, aka Eminem, aka the most controversial white boy in music today,...
Survival of the Slickest: How Anti-Evolutionists Are Mutating Their Message. (Gazette)
IT MUST TAKE GUTS TO BE A "young-Earth" creationist. After all, imagine rejecting virtually all of modern science based on a literal interpretation of Genesis. Imagine opening yourself up to ridicule by insisting that Adam and Eve lived alongside...
Tax Tips for Republicans. (Devil in the Details)
Presidential economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey is nervous. The economy is shaky; a double-dip recession is a distinct possibility. Lindsey's long been a champion of tax cuts to stimulate the economy, and, of course, the administration prevailed...
The Other War: We Are Scarcely Safer Today Than We Were before 9-11. (Gazette)
PRESIDENT BUSH AND HIS ADMINISTRATION, especially Secretary of State Colin Powell, deserve credit for skillfully and patiently involving the international community in the project to disarm Iraq. So, of course, do Bush's critics, whose efforts compelled...
The Pentagon Muzzles the CIA: Devising Bad Intelligence to Promote Bad Policy
EVEN AS IT PREPARES FOR WAR AGAINST IRAQ, THE Pentagon is already engaged on a second front: its war against the Central Intelligence Agency. The Pentagon is bringing relentless pressure to bear on the agency to produce intelligence reports more...
The Unconvincing Case for War. (Comment)
RECENTLY, THE PROSPECT sponsored a debate on Iraq. Interestingly, both teams were ostensibly liberal Democrats. Arguing for a U.S. invasion were Jonathan Chait, a Prospect alumnus and author of a recent New Republic cover piece on the liberal case...
Thompson's Promotion. (Devil in the Details)
WHAT WAS SEN. FRED Thompson (R-Tenn.), the first sitting U.S. senator to have a recurring role on a TV show, doing mouthing off about how "Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided" on the Nov. 6 episode of NBC's Law & Order? Pro-choice viewers of the...
Where the Democrats Lost: And Where They Can Come Back. (Gazette)
WHERE DID THE DEMOCRATS lose in 2002? A lot rides on this question; wrong answers will produce poor targeting and ineffective politics, and the Democrats can afford precious little of either. But right answers can set the stage for future gains...
Whose Tax Cuts? (Comment)
I'M WELCOMING MYSELF BACK TO the Prospect by declaring a holiday on the payroll tax. Starting as soon as possible, you'll be relieved of payroll taxes on the first $20,000 of your annual income. The tax holiday will last two years. Ballpark cost...
Woman on Top: Nancy Pelosi Is the Democrats' Mid-Course Correction. (Gazette)
WHEN IT BECAME CLEAR that U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would be the next House Democratic leader, an unusual thing happened: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle cheered. Democrats, who felt the party had never found its message in the 2002...

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