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" A thriving middle class is a necessary precondition for a free representative government. "
" President Obama has his faults, but overall, I think, is a good president. "
" The central con of the political coalition assembled by Ronald Reagan and maintained by his successors was that government was a common enemy. "
" With so much to be aware of, awareness bracelets have reverted to signifying nothing more than color itself. Idealism has devolved into fashion. "
" Why does Medicare have such difficulty accommodating a cut - no, wait, a trim to its annual spending increase - of two measly percentage points? Two words: baby boom. "
" Just about everything I own was made in China. Just about everything you own was made in China, too. "
" You have to let the market reward effort and skill. But a system in which inequality of incomes constantly increases over time is worrisome. "
" The gulf between Virginia and Maryland isn't only a function of geography. It's also sociological. Indeed, it's probably not much of an exaggeration to say that Maryland suburbanites and Virginia suburbanites constitute two mutually hostile tribes. "
" Being a teacher is back-breakingly difficult work. It is also extremely important work. "
" Federal law prohibits anyone convicted of a felony from owning a gun. Seems like kind of a good idea, no? "
" Politicians have such large egos that it usually takes them an inordinately long time to grasp when they've become a pathetic joke. "
" The federal government does not trample in jackboots those with whom it does business. It wraps them in cotton batting and, when they express ingratitude, apologizes profusely. "
" If the 1992 and 2000 elections were any guide, third-party candidates are death on the mainstream parties with which they're most naturally aligned. "
" The doomsayers of the 1970s were wrong about how quickly the world would run out of oil, but not about the dangers that hydrocarbon consumption posed to the global environment, especially with respect to climate change. "
" Moderates tend more than ideologues to be other-directed types who respond to external pressure. "
" When a conservative praises a liberal as 'morally serious,' he means that person is less liberal than most. "
" Bottom line: A market approach to national defense would give us a lousy national defense. "
" When the topic is growing income inequality, it's hard to prettify an imbalance between the rich and everybody else, so instead, conservatives try to argue that it doesn't exist. "
" What I've come to believe is that psychological advice isn't worth much if it isn't rooted in personal experience. "
" There's no shortage of Democrats who are at least as committed as Schwarzenegger to reducing greenhouse gases. "
" Wal-Mart uses technology to increase sales volume, but the more it does so, the more it drives down profit margins - its own and everybody else's. The same logic does not appear to hold for Goldman Sachs. "
" Expressing truth is hard work. "
" When the only people in mainstream discourse who care about the working class are Wall Street investors, it really is time to ask where our politics went wrong. "
" With its Medicaid expansion, Obamacare may turn out to be the most equality-promoting policy enacted in a generation. "
" Gun Owners of America is a lobby group dedicated to the proposition that the National Rifle Association is a bunch of accommodationist sissies. "
" Republicans don't seem to mind taking inflation into account when the subject is tax rates. "
" Sometime, while I wasn't paying attention, trickle-down economics got respectable. "
" The pathological degree to which former Vice President Dick Cheney operated in secrecy led to government abuses that we'll probably spend years learning about. "
" The United States is not, nor has ever been, anything close to a fascist country. "
" The advantage of a market-based national defense is obvious: Every citizen would receive an individualized amount of military protection, based on the value each of us placed on defending the homeland. "
" The white working class likes being pandered to even less than it likes being insulted. "