21
Nov

The Age of Anxiety

In the wake of this month’s elections, many Democrats have asked over and over again, “I get that voters are angry. But what are they possibly angry about?”

It’s easy to understand Democrats’ mystification: The US economy is booming. The country still dominates higher education, scientific research, military spending, technology, and diplomacy.

Yet, for most Americans, the economy is at best stagnant.  The world is in chaos with American leadership eviscerated, and the country’s government – if not the very concept of government itself – lies in tatters.  This all raises unsettling questions:

– Are we facing a “jobless economy” that will leave most people poorer, more marginalized, and with less control over their destinies?

– Does this represent US decline relative to the rest of the world, and particularly a rising China?

– Do these developments signify that governments and experts everywhere have no real idea how to manage economies and solve problems like this – and that we’re descending into an age of chaos?

You’ll be able to find my answers in my latest article in The Hill, The Age of Anxiety.

And, if you’re interested in going deeper on the global affairs part of my argument, you’ll be able to find that today in US News & World Report.

Lastly, if you are in Chicago this evening, stop by the University Of Chicago Harris School’s forum, Election Analysis: The 2014 Midterms and What It All Means.  Panelists include Dan Proft, former GOP gubernatorial candidate; Jim Warren, Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News; and Charlie Wheelan, economist and founder of the Centrist Party.  I’ll be moderating. You can follow the live tweeting at @weareteamharris and @chicagoharris.

Please leave comments below.  I look forward to further debate and reaction.

I’ll look forward to further debate and reaction.

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13
Nov

The ‘None of the Above’ Election

If voters made one coherent statement in the midterm elections, it was that they don’t like either party. While Republican candidates routed Democrats in races for national and statewide offices, voters across the country embraced issues and ballot measures favoring Democratic positions such as an increased minimum wage. As frequently happens right after Election Day, media coverage focused on the Democrats’ shellacking while the real story is more nuanced. Read more here.

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6
Nov

Steal This Article

When news stories accused Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke of using language from other candidates in her position papers, eyes turned to me, and my firm, Public Works LLC, since we researched and wrote those papers.

But the full story isn’t that simple. Now that the campaign is over, I can finally discuss how my experience was part of the cheap shots have replaced substance in American politics. Please read my column in The Atlantic about what it means for public policy.

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3
Nov

Shrinking Prisons: Good Crime-Fighting and Good Public Policy

The United States today has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world: 743 adults per 100,000 population, or nearly 2.3 million adults, nearly one-quarter of the world’s total prison population. More than twice that number are on probation or parole, with more than 70,000 juveniles in detention, as well—roughly one in every 30 Americans is under supervision of some sort.

Read Eric’s analysis of prison reform initiatives and their implications for making public policy on reforming human services to be more efficient and effective in this article from The Atlantic.

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2
Nov

Obamacare: Great Public Policy, Lousy Name

Everything you need to know about the Obamacare debate:  The problem isn’t the “care” – it’s the “Obama.”

Polls show overwhelming support for virtually every component of the Act – prohibiting insurers from refusing to cover people with pre-existing conditions, allowing young Americans of working age to continue on their parents’ insurance, requiring all businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health coverage for their workers – except the (in) famous “individual mandate.

Read the full story in Aspenia Online.

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1
Nov

The Liberal Case for Intervening in Syria and Iraq

A recent dinner conversation turned into a lengthy and heated debate about U.S. foreign policy that left me despairing for liberalism.

It all began innocuously enough. One of my dinner companions, whom I’ll call “Gary,” started by criticizing President Barack Obama’s decision to attacks the Islamic State group. I suppose I could have just let it pass completely, but I decided to demur on the narrow ground that I’m what used to be known as a “liberal interventionist.” This provoked an unexpectedly sweeping retort from Gary: “Name one country where American military intervention succeeded in making things better.”


Read the rest of this post in USNews.com

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