The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 23, No. 7-8, July-August

80 Rms, Grt Vu, No Tx; How Property Tax Assessments Let the Rich Rip off the Rest of Us
Last year, Kingdon Gould Jr., former U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg and the Netherlands, got a letter in the mail from the D.C. government. It was a $22.1 million tax assessment for a sweet chunk of land he owned near 9th and D Streets NW. Though the...
Ad Hawk; How Paul Newman and McDonald's Get the U.S. Government to Push Their Products Abroad
All in all, Paul Newman seems like a straight-up guy-the liberal causes, the lasting marriage, those sporty little cars. It's his salad dressing and spaghetti sauce that have got us wondering. Here's an entrepreneur who commands multimillion-dollar...
Airpork; the National Aero-Space Plane Is Too Fast to Live, Too Hyped to Die
A week after the Challenger exploded in 1986, Ronald Reagan introduced the country to the hydrogen-powered National Aero-Space Plane (NASP), "a new Orient Express that could, by the end of the next decade, take off from Dulles Airport and accelerate...
America: A Repair Guide; Sixteen Steps to National Sanity That Won't Cost a Cent
As I read the Monthly month after month," writes B. J. Luberoff of Summit, New Jersey, "I'm beginning to get the same reaction I have to '60 Minutes': All I hear is 'Ain't it awful that. . . . 'I admire your investigative reporting, which calls my...
Homeless in Hot Tubs; Want to Wipe out Poverty? Give a Conservative a Calculator
Kitty Kelley needn't fear the competition, a little-known paperback has just hit the Washington market with a dramatic real-life story. The 1991 Green Book* is a 1,641-page compendium of social welfare statistics put together by staff members of the...
Patron Saints; How Honest Political Machines Can Humanize Government
When Rosie was wheeled into my courtroom, I was horrified. Here was an elderly, one-legged, unemployed woman who had been in jail for more than five months awaiting trial. Her crimes-arson, recklessly endangering others, and risking a catastrophe-sounded...
Rational Lampoon; Finally, P.J. O'Rourke Breaks from the Right-Wing Bad Boys
This is a much better book* than I would ever have expected. Its strengths reflect well on the author himself Its weaknesses are mainly those of a genre O'Rourke has let himself fall into, one he should begin crawling out of as soon as he can. The...
Why Aren't Pro-Lifers and Pro-Choicers Pro-Contraception?
On one side of the walkway to a Georgia Avenue clinic less than a mile from the U.S. Supreme Court, men and women surge forward with full-color photos of aborted fetuses. On the other side, women join hands in a human shield, blocking the pamphleteers....
Winning the Trojan War; What Ultra-Catholic Third Worlders Can Teach America about Contraception
Blanca Ruth Rodriguez's barrio lives, literally and figuratively, on garbage. Most of the people in her neighborhood, Comuneros, get up at dawn to ride bicycle carts to a nearby garbage dump. They bring heaps of refuse back to their wood and cardboard...