I haven’t yet got my hands on the much-discussed new book by Yuval Levin, one of the most thoughtful conservative public intellectuals and writers of our time (also editor of National Affairs and head of “social, cultural and constitutional studies” at the American Enterprise Institute).
The third edition of the Decision 2020 Report examines ways the federal government can restore fiscal order amid exploding federal debts and deficits; and the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.
Today I published a column in Project Syndicate on fiscal policy. I am positive about pro-growth effects of the tax reform in the 2017 tax act and of the greater use of cost-benefit analysis in the recent regulatory reform effort. And the recent trade deals—the USMCA and “phase one” with China—take away some threats of trade wars.
One of the goals of the Moonshot for Kids initiative that we at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute have been running along with our colleagues at the Center for American Progress is to make the benefits of research and development tangible. It’s one thing to say that “schools could benefit from more R & D.”
‘The dirty little secret of Davos 2020 is they all need [Trump] to get re-elected. Nobody wants to say that out loud.’ That’s the Hoover Institution’s Niall Ferguson sharing his thoughts with Yahoo Finance this week regarding the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Retired Marine Corps General Jim Mattis spoke to a large crowd at Utah State University Tuesday afternoon about his military service, his nearly-two year term as Secretary of Defense to President Donald Trump and about the importance of allies here and around the world.
Russia and Poland remain embroiled in a dispute over who is to blame for the outbreak of the Second World War— as the 75th anniversary of the commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz approaches — with no end in sight.
Because this is front of mind due to the fact I just read it, I’ll begin this week’s column with some Thomas Sowell: “No one can really understand the political left without understanding that they are about making themselves feel superior, however much they may talk piously about what they are going to do to help others.”
Author Norman Naimark argues that Stalin's policies on the continent in the immediate postwar years, 1944-1948/49, were characterized by diversity and complexity versus a firm plan for the division of Europe. The book examines seven case studies that emphasize the state of flux in postwar Europe, where a variety of outcomes were possible.