Monthly Archives: April 2011

Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Tory Man With Liberal Principles

“It is Tory men with Liberal principles who have enlarged democracy” wrote Daniel Patrick Moynihan to President Richard Nixon on August 29, 1969. Moynihan, then Nixon’s Counselor of Urban Affairs, compared the new president to Benjamin Disraeli, the influential 19th century British Prime Minister. He was making sense of Nixon’s “New Federalism,” the Republican plan […]

Budget Wars

  Americans are unhappy. Yesterday, a New York Times/ CBS News poll showed that 70% of Americans thought the country was on the wrong track. Increasingly, voters feel a malaise has set in across the country and think Washington is incapable of fixing the country’s precarious fiscal situation. They deplore the petty partisanship shown earlier […]

Parity In The Post-Tiger Era

The 75th Masters Tournament offered plenty of highlights. Tiger Woods made an early Sunday charge and shared the lead late on the back nine. Talented youngster Rory McIlroy shot an opening 65 and held the lead for the first three rounds. Aussies Jason Day and Adam Scott played together on Sunday and put up a […]

A New Kind Of Democrat

Last week, the New York State Legislature adopted Governor Andrew Cuomo’s (D) $132.5 billion state budget. The document cut spending 1% across the board and fulfilled the governor’s campaign promise of not raising taxes. It won broad support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Shortly after this legislative victory, Mr. Cuomo declared: “Tonight […]

Fundamentally Unserious

The Capitol Hill budget battles taking place this week show, once again, how fundamentally unserious Congress is about the nation’s fiscal health. Both sides will spend the next week trying to work out the numbers and reach a deal that would continue funding the government until the end of the 2011 fiscal year, in September. […]

Opening Day

What a strange start to the baseball season. It sure didn’t look like baseball weather at noon central time, when the Yankees and Tigers kicked off the season. The weather was cold and dreary. C.C. Sabathia threw the first pitch in front of hundred (thousands?) of empty seats at Yankee Stadium. The fans who cheered […]