[Subscription Required] Why can’t lawmakers in Washington compromise on immigration? Conventional wisdom blames President Trump’s political base, with its uncompromising hostility toward immigrants. That turns out to be nonsense.
Californians brag that their state is the world’s fifth-largest economy. They talk as reverentially of Silicon Valley companies Apple, Facebook and Google as the ancient Greeks did of their Olympian gods.
Hate crimes happen. I don’t much like the term, but let’s accept that it as modern shorthand for criminal acts, usually of violence, motivated by some form of prejudice, be it racial, religious, sexual, or otherwise.
The only policy that left- and right-wing populists can agree on to address economic decline is trade protectionism, which will make the world poorer. A new type of populism that puts more trust in local communities may well have a greater chance of success.
Everybody knows that teacher quality matters hugely in education, indeed may be the single most potent variable in a classroom, school or system. Yet it’s also an exceptionally elusive and inherently contentious quality. Is a “quality” teacher simply the same thing as an “effective” teacher, with the latter typically gauged by looking at measurable student outcomes of one sort of another, preferably via a sophisticated “value added” calculation?
An article in the Times caught my eye the other day: “The Good-Enough Life.” The author, Avram Alpert, a writing teacher at Princeton, draws on the work of D.W. Winnicott, who popularized the idea of “the good-enough mother.”
Presumably some of you have seen the video of the group of children, and an adult or two, having a conversation with Dianne Feinstein. I never thought I would say anything nice about her but I do appreciate two things.
Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss whether Michael Cohen’s testimony will change anything about the case against Trump; can the president’s emergency measures to build a border wall stand up in court; whether the Supreme Court’s blow against civil asset forfeiture actually represents a constitutional error; and is a group of states about to take down the electoral college?
Hoover Institution fellow Martin Feldstein discusses his work in Washington with President Reagan, the importance of introductory economics courses, and his time as an undergraduate at Harvard University.
Sunday, March 31, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020
In anticipation of a significant construction and renovation project that will prepare the Hoover Institution for its next century of activities, the Library & Archives reading rooms will be closed to researchers from December 24, 2018, to the early months of 2020.
Why do our neighbors matter when we can reach people across the world? This compelling question opens the highly anticipated new book from Raghuram Rajan, a longtime finance professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and former head of India’s Central Bank.
In a new AEI report, Charles Blahous – a former public trustee for Social Security and Medicare, and a former deputy director of the National Economic Council – analyzes the likely impact of Medicare for All. A proposed bill introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Medicare for All, would be a single payer, national health insurance program that would cover all Americans. While many of the announced 2020 Democratic Party contenders have embraced this policy change, few Americans are informed about the potential costs and consequences associated with it.
Raghuram Rajan comes both to praise community and to bury it. This University of Chicago professor and former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund wants his new book to “reintroduce into the debate” the titular and neglected “third pillar” of community alongside the pillars of market and state that dominate modern society. Rajan says he is seeking “the right balance between them so that society prospers.”
My fellow Democratic politicians like to campaign on overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed corporations to spend unlimited sums advocating for candidates. Presidential hopefuls Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have made it a campaign platform.
The Pound Canadian Dollar (GBP/CAD) exchange rate is holding steady today and is currently trading around CA$1.7522 on the inter-bank market. The Canadian Dollar (CAD) has lost some of its gains following yesterday’s printing of the Bank of Canada’s year-on-year CPI figures for January, which decreased to 1.5%.
“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.” —socialist playwright George Bernard Shaw America is indisputably the greatest, most prosperous nation in history. Only a nation as wealthy and secure as the U.S. could afford to indulge the lunacy, greed, and unbridled infantilism we are witnessing today.