Commentaries

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Changing society, economy forging U.S. perestroika

As Americans join the rest of the world in celebrating the historic political and economic changes sweeping the communist world, the United States is experiencing its own perestroika, a process of profound economic and social changes that we call the “new economy”. America’s new economy has many dimensions. One is demographic. The graying of America…

Welfare reform: hostage to a lie

Last week, welfare reform proponent Rep. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.) said, “You repeat the big lie enough times and people will believe it.” He was referring, of course, to the problem faced by congressional welfare reformers — mostly Republicans and 20 to 30 Democrat centrists — as they try to change the nation’s costly but failed…

Another sign of party’s decline

U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell’s defection is more than just another seat on the Republican side of the aisle. It is another indicator of the increasing isolation and possible decomposition of the Democratic Party itself. Campbell, the only Native American in Congress, crossed from the Democratic to the Republican side of the aisle the day…