The Washington Monthly

An independent monthly magazine devoted to politics, government, culture, and the media in America, from a progressive perspective. Publishes investigative and opinion-based feature articles by notable authors, short news items, humorous sidebars, and boo

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 11, November

Down and Out
In the thirties and again in the sixties, Americans answered the call to fight sweeping wars on poverty. Here's why the battle seems so passionless today For a long time now, almost everybody has assumed that, because of the New Deal's social legislation...
Good Help Isn't Hard to Find
You don't have taxpayer-subsidized workers to helps you keep your job. So why should your congressman? When Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was indicted last month for using state employees to make campaign fund-raising calls and using a state...
Hoarding the Health
Congress, the White House, and the bureaucracy want to stay out of the plan that will cover 83 percent of the country. You can bet that if they succeed, it'll be hazardous to your health On September 22, President Clinton told a rapt nationwide...
Journal Fever
U-turns, half-truths, philosophical pirouettes, and shoddy repoiling: Is the Wall Street Journal's editorial page shell shocked or simply out of its mind? Two weeks and a day after becoming a lame duck, George Bush was flipping through the morning's...
Pressed for Time
One week in the Clinton White House and you get the sense that the press corps and the press office deserve each other Friday, July 16: I arrive in Washington mid-morning and call around to arrange interviews for a series of stories for the Los...
What's Wrong with the Gore Report
A couple of hard truths that Gore & Co. need to face for their plan to overhaul the government to work The Gore report on reinventing government lacks the aerated graphics of the latest Mirabella and the prose won't exactly give Bellow night...