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review of The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President

December 1, 2014  •  Commentary

The questionof presidential greatness has been an obsession and a plague since 1948, when Arthur Schlesinger Sr. conducted his first historians' survey ranking the presidents. After Schlesinger's death, his son picked up the mantle with a survey of his own in 1996. It ranked Ronald Reagan in the bottom half.

That alone should show just how questionable the entire enterprise is. Indeed, as long ago as January 1977, the estimable Nelson Polsby wrote in these pages the essay "Against Presidential Greatness," arguing that such an idea raised unreasonable expectations of what a president could achieve.

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Another ObamaCare Deception

November 17, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist, is making himself a household name, and not in a good way. A series of videos have emerged in recent days showing Mr. Gruber—an architect of the Affordable Care Act—telling college audiences that major parts of the law were designed purposely to mask its true cost to individual Americans.

As Mr. Gruber put it, speaking last year at a conference at the University of Pennsylvania: "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass."

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Riding the wave: How the Republican Congress can create jobs, fix Obamacare

November 9, 2014  •  New York Daily News

The GOP's takeover of Congress could mean more battles with the President and Democrats, or could lead to the changes Americans want.

New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner must decide whether pushing for changes to Obamacare is a wise political investment.

The historic takeover of the Senate gives Republicans a powerful opportunity to reshape a health care landscape that's been almost singularly defined these last six years by President Obama and his Affordable Care Act.

Figuring out how to exercise that authority to improve the law's flaws without overreaching and returning the federal government to total gridlock is a complicated task.

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Ebola Isn't a Messaging Problem

October 19, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

Much public skepticism about the government's response to Ebola stems from the dogmatic pronouncements of Obama administration officials. In a video message early last month on stopping the virus, for example, President Obama asserted that "we know how to do it." He was wrong.

The world has learned that dealing with Ebola in remote African villages is a very different challenge from confronting an unfamiliar virus in large cities and modern hospitals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite a rocky beginning, now recognizes that containing Ebola presents unexpected challenges of technique and execution. The White House, for its part, apparently thinks it is a messaging problem.

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Countering the Domestic Ebola Threat

October 13, 2014  •  Forbes

Until recently, the bulk of the Obama administration's efforts in the fight against Ebola have been on the international front. The emergence of a second Ebola case in Dallas — a nurse caring for the first patient — raises important questions of how to prevent a domestic outbreak from turning into an epidemic.

Given the pace of spread in West Africa, a broader U.S. outbreak is almost inevitable. We will see clusters of infection in major Western cities, including the U.S. Our aim must be to keep these clusters small, and to limit secondary spread.

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