The Case for the Clean Slate

Congress has now limped out of Washington. Democrats are seething and scared; Republicans are gleeful at the hash they’ve made and are licking their chops for more. “Glorious Gridlock,” The Wall Street Journal proclaimed. But for most people, a bickering, partisan capital is wearing pretty thin.

Which brings us to the subject of term limits, which are supposedly going to whack Congress back into shape. But think about it: Term limits won’t make Congress work one with better. They’d simply grease the door going in and out.

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Real-World Community

I read in the paper recently that they’re moving the old post office a couple of towns over from where I lived as a boy. It used to be on … More

Community Spaces

I spent some time in Calgary several weeks before the Olympics. I found that in what is typically Canadian fashion, the corporate-dominated culture is tempered with a civic-mindedness that is … More

Remembering One Teacher

I was looking for someone to help a friend. That was how I met Mr. W. “What are you studying, young man?” he asked. “Well, English,” I replied. “But I’m … More

Interview with Jonathan Rowe

In the following analysis the former Nader staffer, who now writes for the Washington Monthly magazine, goes back and forth between the past and the present, praise and criticism, stating … More