Some of my best friends are very rich -- people with condos on Central Park West and tastefully refurbished palazzi in Italy. The puzzle: Why do so many of them vote Democratic or praise the high-taxing European welfare state?
President Barack Obama tried to salvage his health-care law last week, in the face of his broken promise that people who like their health-care plans can keep them. But in so doing, he may have made things worse.
The European Central Bank’s decision last week to guard against deflation by cutting rates was in the collective interests of the euro area. That includes Germany, whose board members opposed the move and where the news media has excoriated ECB President Mario Draghi for it.
With President Barack Obama invoking Mitt Romney to defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this week in Boston, it’s worth considering what U.S. health-care policy would look like today if Romney had won the presidency a year ago. The answer: very different in many important ways, but frustratingly similar in others.
More than 200,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees have moved into Iraqi Kurdistan. They have crossed an international border to be sure, yet it is, in the Kurdish world view, a passage from one part of their homeland to another. The Kurds disregard these frontiers, imposed on the Fertile Crescent almost a century ago by Anglo-French power.
Asli Aydintasbas, a young Turkish columnist with steely nerves and a keen grasp of Middle Eastern politics, sent a note from Istanbul to a Hoover Institution blog where it will be published later this month. Her title tells the story: “Where Have the Americans Gone? Who Invited the Russians Back?”