The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 5, May

Caucus Crazy
Did you know that when National Guard soldiers spend two days training, they get paid for four? Nice deal, huh? It comes courtesy of the U.S. Congress, which more recently did the Guard an even bigger favor by pressing the Pentagon to reduce Guard...
End Rush Hour Traffic Jams
During the Cold War, we Americans were forever pointing to television images of Soviet shoppers standing in interminable lines as a testament to the superiority of capitalism, which allocates goods and services through pricing rather than long waits....
Get Smart about Inflation
For a moment this spring, madness was rampant. Whitewater crowded health care and education off the front pages; Barry Goldwater told the Republicans to get off Clinton's back; John Bobbitt announced he's marrying again. Most important, the Federal...
Is Little Rock Corrupting Washington? C'mon
Increasingly, there is a sense in Washington that the Arkansas political culture does not work in the White House.... Little Rock culture was rooted in an informal way of doing business, in which behind-the-scenes relationships played at least as large...
Milkshakes in the African Desert
...and other absurdities brought to you by the Agency for International Development's multi-million dollar consulting game. A former staffer reports I knew I had arrived as a high-powered consultant in Africa when I was assigned a chauffeur and...
The Case for Castration, Part 1
A convicted child molester argues for the only treatment which he believes will prevent him from re-offending Childrens' nightmares are haunted by demons, some imagined, others real. I'm one of the real ones; I haunt the dreams of scores of children....
The Case for Castration, Part 2
An expert in the treatment of sexual offenders explains why Mr. McQuay could be right. Larry Don McQuay was once a child himself. From the innocence of youth, no doubt filled with the promise of life, he became an uncle, step-father, school bus...
Why Don't Republicans Hate Disney's America?
On a whole range of issues, conservatives and liberals should be standing together In late December, the Walt Disney Company announced a plan to build an American history theme park in Haymarket, Virginia, a rural town of 500 just beyond the cordon...