The Washington Monthly

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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 4, April

An End Tot He Free Lunch?
On a Monday morning last December, as Capitol Hill braced for the implementation of restrictive new gift rules, hundreds of House staffers packed a large Rayburn Building committee room. Ellen Weintraub, counsel to the Committee on Standards of Official...
Is the President a Waffler?
Though Bill Clinton has surely been delighted by the venomous brawl for the Republican nomination, that venom will soon be aimed squarely at the President himself Republicans will call him a big government, tax-and-spend, pro-abortion liberal. And, of...
Reclaiming Our Cities, Block by Block: How a Little Rock Program Offers Hope for Countering Urban Decay
At 1015 Schiller Street in Little Rock, Arkansas, a white house sits wanly. Flaking paint freckles its face; the pasty-gray particle board covering the front window is warping around the nails that hold it to the frame. Across from the house, a driveway...
Reinventing the Corporation
When an act of simple human decency appears heroic, it's time to ask some basic questions about the culture in which that act takes place. That's what happened last December in an old mill town in Massachusetts. AT&T had just announced it was laying...
Steve Forbes, Joe Camel, and the ACLU: Government Isn't the Only Threat to Our Civil Liberties. So Is the Power of Money
The President's approval rating is in the cellar; his prized crime bill is teetering. Senator Bob Rumson, his nemesis, is flinging dirt and climbing in the polls. Meanwhile, rabid reporters are hounding his press secretary in the briefing room. "Robin,"...
The Art of Flattery: Letters from a CIA Director to a President
There is an epistolary genre, not unknown in Washington, which is best described as--forgive the crudeness--the sucking up letter." It is a tool of the trade of speaking flattery to power. In the course of my research in the Nixon files at the National...
The Big Job Boosters That Everyone's Missing
I have this fantasy. Pat Buchanan, Ted Kennedy, and my father are having dinner together. My dad's the odd man out, so to speak. Buchanan and Kennedy are both Irish Catholic politicians; he is a Jewish Canadian engineer, with a small business testing...
What "Pitchfork Pat" (and You) Can Do for Workers
Rare is the Brooklyn pensioner who can say she changed the lives of thousands of workers, but Marie Walsh did just that. She didn't run for office or write articles. She merely inquired about where her pension money was invested. In 1984, the trustees...
Why Higher Taxes (on the Wealthy) Won't Slow Growth: The Proof Is in the History
Steve Forbes's flat-tax candidacy vaulted him to the covers of Time and Newsweek--and will almost certainly affect the tenor of the debate between President Clinton and Bob Dole in the fall. But Forbes's tax scheme is really just new packaging for an...