The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 3, March

Build Single Room Occupancy Hotels
My odd suggestion for social reform is "Bring Back the Flea Bag Hotels." The main goal is to get homeless people off the streets. But there are a few places where cheap, pensione-like hotels are even promoting the class-mixing this magazine values....
Critical Lessons from the Health Reform Front
Deep in one of the two most prominent health are plans in Washington, there is a single clause which dramatizes what's terribly wrong with the debate over how the country will reform its $1 trillion medical system. The Clinton administration' s bill...
End Discrimination and Increase Productivity
The attainment of justice for all is not the only reason we, as a society, should continue to reform ourselves in the area of gay rights, and women's rights, or the rights of any group. When society learns to accept any group as it is and strives to...
Give Everyone a Job
On January 30, The New York Times reported that President Clinton's welfare reform plan might require "a work program of 2.3 million jobs." The 2.3 million figure was actually an estimate of the number of welfare recipients who would use up the two...
The Real Leader of the Opposition
Judging from statements on the floor of the Senate, Phil Gramm has been in a terrible mood for over a year. The source of his irritation: Bill Clinton's tax increase and vision of a more active government. "I believe that hundreds of thousands of Americans...
The Washington Monthly, 2019
From the editor-in-chief: It's finally here--the 50th anniversary of The Washington Monthly! Who would have thought, when this little periodical began publication half a century ago, in a dingy loft on Connecticut Avenue, that today in 2019 the...
What Hillary Could Learn from Canada and Germany
Josefa Hagel was resting comfortably in a bed at Schwabing Hospital in Munich. She had been there for nearly two weeks, but tomorrow she would go home. The 92-year-old Hagel had been rushed to the hospital with the classic signs of a heart attack--shortness...
Why It's Too Hard to Start a New Business
When the Soviets launched Sputnik, in 1957, merica went into a kind of indignant shock. Lyndon Johnson, then the Senate Majority Leader, drawled darkly: "The Roman Empire controlled the world because it could build roads. Later--when men moved to the...