• Why the Left and the Right Should Oppose Government Registries


    During his campaign, President-elect Trump’s most consistent policy position was support for harsh immigration enforcement policies, including mass deportation of unlawful immigrants. Troublingly, government identity databases created for other purposes, many of them noble, could significantly increase the effectiveness of a Trump deportation scheme. The frightening specter of the federal government using applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to target young unlawful immigrants would be a humanitarian and economic disaster. READ MORE...

  • The Trump Administration Will Be Hawkish


    Donald Trump’s presidential transition is in transition. With Chris Christie and Mike Rogers out, Trump loyalists bickering with Republican establishment types, a purge of lobbyists,and a president-elect known for helter-skelter management, the incoming administration’s policy direction remains unclear. That’s especially true of foreign policy, the area where candidate Trump was most at odds with GOP orthodoxy.

    That said, I predict, in contrast with many in Washington, that Trump’s presidency will prove conventionally hawkish. Trump is likely to jettison his vaguely non-interventionist campaign rhetoric, make nice with allies, and maintain tense relations with Russia and China. He’ll support the current wars and may start more. READ MORE...

  • Trump Should Shine Spotlight on Shrouded Climate 'Science'


    President Trump has promised to reverse President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a controversial and possibly illegal directive to drastically alter the way we produce electricity without any act of Congress. He’s also promised to void the Paris Agreement on climate change, which he views as an executive agreement between Obama and the United Nations that will expire when he takes the oath.

    These represent a major dismantling of Obama’s (and Hillary Clinton’s) climate agenda, and Trump will certainly be criticized as a scientific Neanderthal for doing so. After all, scientists worldwide have complicated computer models that agree on dramatic warming. As we here about, “the science is settled.” READ MORE...

  • The Pro-Worker Reforms That Could Fix Social Security and Health Care


    If Donald Trump’s stunning upset victory last Tuesday proved anything — aside from Hillary Clinton’s remarkably durable lack of popularity — it is that millions of Americans don’t feel like they are part of the economy, and that their detachment has led them to support bad trade policy. The economy as a whole may benefit from trade deals, but many workers see only the dislocations that directly impact them, rather than the hidden pluses.

    Fortunately, there are some potential policy changes that would give workers a more direct stake in the economy. If President Trump wants workers to have a real chance to share in economic growth, he should consider bold reforms to Social Security and health care that would turn workers into the real owners of the economy. READ MORE...

  • The Looming Battle for Trump's Foreign Policy


    The general outlines of Trump’s foreign policy vision suggest that we should prepare for a sharp break from the past. Trump seems uninterested in pursuing either the energetic liberal internationalism or the aggressive interventionism that have defined post-Cold War American grand strategy. Instead, Trump appears ready to redefine American commitments around the world — to regional security, to free trade and to alliances.

    Trump’s success, however, will depend on whether he wins the tug-of-war with his foreign policy advisers. Most are likely to be wedded to the very strategies Trump attacked during his campaign. The reason is simple: there are simply no senior foreign policy hands — on either the Republican or Democratic bench — who support Trump’s mélange of unorthodox positions on international issues. READ MORE...

  • Donald Trump's Foreign Policy: What Will He Really Do?


    Donald Trump’s upset election win has set the media both here and abroad all aflutter about the probable direction of his foreign policy. Panicked internationalists already are proclaiming that the surprise outcome of America’s presidential election represents a great triumph for Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who is supposedly a great friend, if not the puppet master of Donald Trump. Since Trump has expressed both a desire for friendly relations with Russia and has made extremely critical comments about America’s NATO allies, Moscow, they contend, is the big beneficiary of the Trump electoral win. READ MORE...

  • How Trump Can Fix Obamacare by Giving Americans More Choices


    One of Donald Trump’s most consistent campaign promises was to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare. His message was magnified when, in the final week of the campaign, the Obama administration announced premium hikes for benchmark plans averaging 22 percent nationwide (and reaching as high as 116 percent in one state) for insurance bought through ObamaCare exchanges. On election night, exit polls said almost half of voters thought ObamaCare went too far in reforming health care, compared to 30 percent who didn’t think it went far enough. Voters who felt that way went for Trump 83-13. READ MORE...

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