March/ April 2013
Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

Chasing Shiny Objects By Paul Glastris

Tilting at Windmills

McCruzyism ... Too big to jail ... Wake up, Democrats By Charles Peters

Ten Miles Square
Mail Models

How letter carriers might save your grandma.
By Moshe Z. Marvit and Jason Bacasa

The Congress-Does-Nothing Deficit Reduction Plan

How “bracket creep” (the good kind) could make the long-term fiscal outlook better than everyone thinks.
By David Kamin

The Monthly Interview

A conversation with Alexis Tsipras, the Greek opposition leader who could save, or blow up, the world economy.

Features
Reality-Based Mental Health Reform

Preventing mass killings like the one in Newtown may be impossible. But there’s plenty we can do to reduce violence by the mentally ill in general. And the tools are right there in Obamacare.
By Harold Pollack

The Republican Case for Waste in Health Care

Conservatives love to apply “cost-benefit analysis” to government programs—except in health care. In fact, working with drug companies and warning of “death panels,” they slipped language into Obamacare banning cost-effectiveness research. Here’s how that happened, and why it can’t stand.
By Phillip Longman

He Who Makes the Rules

Barack Obama’s biggest second-term challenge isn’t guns or immigration. It’s saving his biggest first-term achievements, like the Dodd-Frank law, from being dismembered by lobbyists and conservative jurists in the shadowy, Byzantine “rule-making” process.
By Haley Sweetland Edwards

A Tale of Two Trade Deals

Never mind Asia, time to pivot to Europe.
By Clyde Prestowitz

Three Ways to Bring Manufacturing Back to America

The much-ballyhooed “in-sourcing” trend is real enough. But it won’t amount to much unless Washington acts.
By Anne Kim

On Political Books
Chávez’s Magical Realism

How the Comandante may get the last laugh, even from the grave.
By Daniel Kurtz-Phelan

Bar Examined

The ever-diminishing advantages of a career in the law versus the undiminished enthusiasm of law schools to mint new attorneys.
By Elizabeth Lesly Stevens

Consequential Drift

The government program where party differences have widened the most, and matter the most, is Medicaid.
By Ed Kilgore

Charity Case

How taxpayers subsidize failing philanthropies.
By Georgia Levenson Keohane

Slaves of Defunct Economists

Why politicians pursue austerity policies that never work.
By Henry Farrell