Summer 2004

Summer 2004

Counterpoint

Eric Kriss’s description of public employee unions as monopolies that are sucking resources from cities and towns is more than an unfair attack on the hard-working men and women of the Commonwealth. It is a transparent attempt to shift the focus away from the failed policies of the Romney administration. This is, of course, a(...)

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Outbreak of democracy

For the first time in its history, Boston is about to play host for one of the great spectacles of partisan politics, a national party convention. How fitting that this ritual event of the nation’s two-party system should take place just as we are about to find out whether it is possible to revive two-party(...)

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Argument

In his famous 1776 Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith outlined the philosophical framework for our commercial society. Smith’s key insight was that a division of labor—each contributing one’s part to a larger whole—propelled economies forward, provided that open exchange occurred in a market free of monopolies. He(...)

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Public officials and business leaders put on a fullcourt press to save Bay State military bases

Public officials and business leaders put on a fullcourt press to save Bay State military bases

The nation is engaged in a tenuous campaign to rebuild and democratize Iraq. In Afghanistan, US soldiers continue to hunt for Al Qaeda terrorists. But back in Washington, the military is gearing up for another kind of battle. Less than a year from now, the Department of Defense will recommend to Congress that as many(...)

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The state gets a drug benefit

INTRO TEXT While many senior citizens are still trying to figure out whether they’ll come out ahead under the complicated Medicare prescription drug benefit passed by Congress, the new law will yield a big windfall for at least one drug buyer: the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By signing up lower-income Massachusetts seniors for new Medicare-sponsored drug(...)

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Springfield discovers that bailout comes at a high price

INTRO TEXT In the drama that was the city of Springfield’s attempt to avoid going broke this spring, the theme on Beacon Hill turned out to be less helping hand than tough love. Charles Ryan, the 76-year-old patriarch of Springfield’s best known political family who won election to the mayor’s office last fall, practically camped(...)

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CommonWealth Forum totes up assets and opportunities

INTRO TEXT “Asset inequality” is a major reason why African-Americans continue to lag behind white Americans in terms of homeownership and education, agreed several speakers at the latest CommonWealth forum, though there was less agreement on the causes and cures of this condition. “With a Little Help From Our Friends (and Families): Assets, Race, and(...)

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