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Column: How unions can be more than a legacy institution

It looks increasingly likely that organized labor will manage to cheat death in Wisconsin. But where does that leave unions? Merely near death, that's where. Only 7 percent of private-sector workers are unionized, down from about 25 percent in the...

By Ezra Klein  | March 1, 2011; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Articles, Unions  
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Column: Wisconsin is about power, not money

You've probably heard politicians fret that state governments - or, worse, the federal government - will default on their debts. House Speaker John A. Boehner called the prospect of a federal default "a financial disaster not only for our country,...

By Ezra Klein  | February 22, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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The U.S. Government: An insurance conglomerate protected by a large, standing army

American politics is one long argument about what government should or shouldn’t be doing, and how it should or shouldn’t be doing it. It’s rare that we step back, take in the larger picture and ask what it is...

By Ezra Klein  | February 14, 2011; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Articles, Budget  
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Column: The problem with competitiveness -- and with Canada

Imagine if President Obama took the podium Tuesday night and said: "Technology has made competition easier and fiercer than ever before. Countries around the world are upping their game and giving their workers and companies every advantage possible. But that...

By Ezra Klein  | January 25, 2011; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Column: Six lessons from the tax deal

In Washington, the temperature dipped into the 20s this week, which is evidently the point when hell freezes over: President Obama reached an agreement on the Bush tax cuts with the Republican Senate leader who said "the single most...

By Ezra Klein  | December 10, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Column: Lawmakers hate fundraising, but not as much as they hate campaign-finance reform

When all is said and done, the 2010 elections will have cost more than $2 billion, or even twice that amount, by some estimates. Those are staggering sums, leading some observers, such as Yahoo's Daniel Gross, to wonder whether,...

By Ezra Klein  | November 1, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  2010 Midterms, Articles  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Column: Where to find the next Facebook, Ezra Klein , October 11, 2010
Column: An ugly word for an ugly economy, Ezra Klein , October 11, 2010
Washington wants you to work longer, Ezra Klein , September 6, 2010
Read me, Ezra Klein , July 16, 2010
It's always the economy, stupid, Ezra Klein , July 12, 2010
Column: Meet the anti-stimulus, Ezra Klein , June 18, 2010
The argument Obama didn't win, Ezra Klein , January 31, 2010
After health-care reform, Senate reform, Ezra Klein , December 26, 2009
The behavioral economics of Thanksgiving, Ezra Klein , November 25, 2009
The Central Problem in Health-Care Reform, Ezra Klein , July 29, 2009
 
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