The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 5, May

Government Can Work: The Santa Monica Story
QUICK--NAME A MAJOR SUCCESS THE federal government has enjoyed in the last 30 years. Public school reform? No. The wildly popular War on Drugs? Not exactly. Health care Rural electrification and the interstate highway system? OK. You got us there....
HMO Ripoff
Depending on your point of view. HMOs arc either rite greatest advance since sliced whole-grain bread or the worst threat to human health since smallpox. But everyone agrees on one basic point: HMOs, with their enforced efficiencies anti limited-access...
Saving Medicare: A Cure That Will Work
"SUSAN" IS HARDLY THE PERSON YOU'D pick out as the face of Medicare. She isn't collecting benefits. She isn't retired. She isn't even elderly. But her financial and personal decisions are being driven by a mounting pile of medical bills: her dad's....
Stately Living: How to Lose Money in Real Estate Uncle Sam's Way
HAMILTON THE TINY CAPITAL CITY of the Bermuda islands, boasts waterfront vistas and historic charm. Tucked between the hillside and the sea, the town is home to immaculate harbors, bustling boutiques, and Chelston, the residence of the U.S. consul...
Stop Dissing the Washington Times! It's Not Just 'That Moonie Paper' Anymore
IN I982, WHEN THE REVEREND SUN Myung Moon launched The Washington Times as a conservative alternative to The Washington Post, he spared no expense to establish his fledgling paper as a serious contender. Pulitzer Prize winners and ace reporters from...
Stop the Madness: Outlaw Those Phony Campaign Commercials
SOME 15 YEARS AGO, FORMER Maryland Sen. Charles Mathias first asked the question, "Why does spending on political campaigns keep going up and up, while voter turnout keeps going down and down?" In the 36-year period between the 1960 and 1996,...
The Truth about Fraud
President Clinton has a simple answer when you ask him how to balance the budget. He looks stern, and in the tone of a small-town newspaper editor declares that: "Something"--dramatic pause here to pound the podium--"must be done about government...