The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 29, No. 7, July-August

Bill and Paula: The Distinction between Social Misbehavior and Actionable Misconduct
When I was 16 years old, I was hanging out at a local coffee house when I suddenly realized the man standing next to me was a regionally famous folksinger. "Oh, I'm one of your biggest fans!" I burbled excitedly. "Oh yeah?" he said wearily, twitching...
Republican Hypocrites: GOP Budget Cutters Are Hawks - until It Comes to Trimming Their Own Pork
In March, 11 rank-and-file house Republicans -- the kind with revolution running through their veins -- bolted their party to defeat a measure increasing committee budgets by more than $20 million. At the time, Oklahoma sophomore Steve Largent said...
The Man Behind the Curtain: Richard Mellon Scaife - and $200 Million of His Money - Is the Man Behind the Conservative Revolution
Oil and banking heir Richard Mellon Scaife comes from a long line of philanthropists. Granduncle Andrew donated his extensive art collection to the American people, and built the National Gallery in Washington to house it. Mother Sarah favored health...
The NATO Mistake: Expansion for All the Wrong Reasons
This July, the 16 leaders of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's member nations will convene in Madrid for a special summit meeting. In between the customary public photo-ops and back room shmoozing, they will take a bold and unprecedented step:...
The Real Class War: When It Comes T Taxes, It's the Rich against the Rest of Us
April 21, 1997, is a date that will loom large in the memory of Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers. Opening his mouth to comment on the ongoing budget negotiations, Summers promptly inserted his wingtip, remarking that the interests pushing...
The Worst Tax: How Payroll Taxes Have Hurt America's Working Class
Few subjects inspire more tub-thumping in Congress than the virtues of honest toil. We must eliminate welfare because people must work. We can't curb our gluttonous use of energy because -- they say -- it would jeopardize jobs and work. NAFTA and...
Who's Who
A new height in chutzpah may have been attained by a Washington journalist who, on a recent television talk show, nodded in solemn agreement with a prominent columnist's denunciation of Clinton's moral character. It just so happens that the journalist...