Are We Heading Toward a Constitutional Crisis?
Oct08

Are We Heading Toward a Constitutional Crisis?

The roots of our Constitutional system of government lay deep in the Western political tradition. But as for the architecture of our government, no philosopher exerted greater influence upon the Constitutional convention than Baron de Montesquieu. His Spirit of the Laws, published in 1748, held the attention of James Madison and others in 1787 as they sought a new governing document to replace the failed Articles of Confederation. At...

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Dr. Boylston, Boston’s First First Responder
Apr16

Dr. Boylston, Boston’s First First Responder

The twin explosions that rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon took place on one of Boston’s busiest thoroughfares: Boylston Street. Commentators near and far have rightly commended the actions of the first responders – the EMT, police, race officials, fire fighters and others – who sprang upon the scene and dispatched themselves with remarkable professionalism, efficiency and calm. They were there for a...

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Why We Never Take the Deficit Seriously
Jan02

Why We Never Take the Deficit Seriously

With passage of the Fiscal Cliff legislation in the House of Representatives, the predictable grumbling from self-declared “deficit hawks”, especially those in the Tea Party, has begun. Cries of cowardice and hypocrisy abound. Why did Congress avoid the “hard choices”? Where is the leadership? Didn’t Obama claim he would cut the deficit in half when he first ran for President? Of course, none of this is...

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An Historic Victory for Social Liberalism
Nov07

An Historic Victory for Social Liberalism

In 1966, the wave of liberal optimism over the civil rights movement and the Great Society began to dissipate. Cities in the North and West faced riots and white flight. Student movements grew increasingly radical over the Vietnam War. The social fabric seemed to be unraveling. The Republican Party, licking its chops after the 1964 Goldwater fiasco, discovered that discontent over Kennedy-Johnson liberalism might bear electoral fruit...

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Latent Partisans, or Why the Party ID Sample “Skews Democratic”
Sep27

Latent Partisans, or Why the Party ID Sample “Skews Democratic”

By now the Republican litany of complaints against pollsters has become a chorus of desperation. The old adage holds true – if all or most of the polls are against you, you are probably losing. The suggestion that pollsters are using incorrect samples is one that is employed by both sides in the last weeks of a losing campaign. And while there are occasional poor polls with shoddy methodologies or genuinely sloppy demographic...

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