The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, March

An Accidental Victim: Greed Is the Culprit
You would think the folks in Congress, the FCC, and other agencies in Washington would like C-SPAN. Our two networks, C-SPAN and C-SPAN2, provide millions of Americans with round-the-clock, ad-free coverage of news and public affairs events, including...
It's Not as Bad as You Think It Is: Misguided Handwringing about Our Society's Decline Distracts Us from the Real Crises
One of President Clinton's main challenges in his second term is going to be trying to move the United States away from a self-conception as a nation in crisis. It's a problem partly of his own making. In his 1995 State of the Union address, for example,...
The DOE's Dirty Laundry: Is a Technologically Unqualified DOE Sabotaging Its Own Nuclear Cleanup Efforts?
Remember the savings and loan bailout? You know, the banking fiasco with the $90 billion price tag? Well, that'll look like chump change next to the government's next big repair job: reversing 50 years of environmental ruin in the nation's nuclear...
The Myth of the Two-Front War: Over-Preparing for a Two-Front War That Will Almost Certainly Never Occur Is Costing Us Billions
Since the end of World War II, the United States has decided that it is in our national interest to maintain a large standing peacetime military. But the appropriate size and shape of a peacetime military force is a subject of acrimonious debate in...
The Right to Default: When Did Bankruptcy Become an Accepted Fixture of Everyday Life?
My friend "Tom" is your typical yuppie. He has the pretty wife, the cute kid, the well-paying job in high-tech, the two cars (one a Mercedes 300), the sailboat (a 35-footer rigged for racing)--and the obligatory Chapter 7 bankruptcy on his credit...
Will Charlie Keating Ride Again? Congress Is Once Again Looking at Banking Deregulation. Will It Ignore the Lessons of the Past?
What has once happened, will invariably happen again, when the same circumstances which combined to produce it, shall again combine in the same way" ABRAHAM LINCOLN "Greed is healthy" IVAN BOESKY Last October, as the O.J. Simpson saga roared into...