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The Tyranny of Dead Ideas

Matt Miller releases a new book on letting go of the old ways of thinking to unleash a new prosperity.

By Matt Miller | Tuesday, January 6, 2009

How to Love Trillion-Dollar Deficits

Matt Miller: This reformed fiscal conservative has stopped worrying about the nation's ballooning deficit. You should too.

By Matt Miller | Thursday, November 20, 2008

Nationalize the Schools (…A Little)!

book_alt2 icon Report New report details how transcending traditional local control in schools can create genuine autonomy and meet modern challenges.

By Matt Miller | Tuesday, February 26, 2008

First, Kill All the School Boards

When you look at what local control of education has wrought, the conclusion is inescapable: we must carry Mann’s insights to their logical end and nationalize our schools, to some degree. But before delving into the details of why and how, let’s back up for a moment and consider what brought us to this pass.

By Matt Miller | Wednesday, January 23, 2008

What Makes History Happen?

Anyone who’s spent time among the mighty – and the wannabes – from the White House to the corridors of the Fortune 500 knows that larger forces than mere Presidents shape the fate of nations. Even the shrewdest political leaders and seemingly omniscient CEOs are the playthings of external factors, though it’s not always clear […]

By Matt Miller | Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Phony Fears Grip America

A spectre is apparently haunting America — the spectre of “populism”. “New populism spurs Democrats on the economy,” cried the front page headline in The New York Times the other day. Republicans rail against unseemly “class warfare,” while centrist Democrats fret that hard-edged populist appeals will spook suburban voters. Read more here.

By Matt Miller | Monday, August 6, 2007

How to Run a Budget like an Idiot

New Census data show that the top 1 percent of U.S. earners now take home a greater share of national income than at any time since the height of the go-go 1920s. The top 300,000 earners together receive almost as much income as the bottom 150 million. Democrats inhale these facts and breathe out fire. […]

By Matt Miller | Monday, June 11, 2007

Fix the Health Care System: Raise Taxes

John Edwards says we need to raise taxes to fix health care, and you can bet that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will eventually say so too. Their red-blooded Republican foes will counter that raising taxes is always and everywhere evil, because it hurts the economy. Read more here.

By Matt Miller | Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Creative Accounting Could Lower Health Costs

In 2003, back when Continental Airlines (Charts) was losing its shirt, Gordon Bethune, its salty CEO, got sick of hearing that upstarts like JetBlue (Charts) had created a new business model that would bury the industry’s dinosaurs. So he had his CFO recompute Continental’s earnings assuming the company had (like JetBlue) a much younger workforce […]

By Matt Miller | Friday, December 1, 2006

Revolt of the Fairly Rich

Not long ago an investment banker worth millions told me that he wasn’t in his line of work for the money. “If I was doing this for the money,” he said, with no trace of irony, “I’d be at a hedge fund.” What to say? Only on a small plot of real estate in lower […]

By Matt Miller | Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Depressed About Voter Turnout? Listen to the Rabbi’s Wife

      If you think low voter turnout is killing American democracy, listen to our local rabbi’s wife. No kidding. Didi Carr Reuben’s idea (which I may reprise every presidential season until Americans rise as one to demand its enactment) is simple and sure to work: Turn the election into a lottery. The stub […]

By Matt Miller | Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Reflections On Ronnie

OK, I'll admit it: When I was 18, in 1980, after voting for John Anderson in the primary, I cast my first general election vote for Ronald Reagan. Call it a youthful indiscretion. Yes, Jimmy Carter's been great out of office, but back then I couldn't stand the whole weak, sweater-clad malaise thing he seemed […]

By Matt Miller | Thursday, June 10, 2004

Why the Right’s Wrong On Taxes

      It’s tax time, which means it’s time for conservatives to roll out their perennial complaint that the well-to-do are being asked to pay too much. They’re dead wrong, as every reasonable citizen will conclude in a moment, but first let’s hear them out. "You’re getting to the point where there are more […]

By Matt Miller | Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Gas Attacks!

It may look as though the White House buckled, but anyone with a strategic eye can see that Condi Rice will finally tell the 9/11 commission the truth: Richard Clarke wanted higher gas taxes, President Bush rebuffed him, and now Clarke is bitter. Welcome to the gas attacks. Prices are high and the blame game […]

By Matt Miller | Thursday, April 1, 2004

Poor Haiti

I met Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who fled Haiti the other day, in the spring of 2001. I was in Port-au-Prince for several days on assignment for The New York Times Magazine, profiling Hernando de Soto, the Peruvian economist whose obsession with spreading property rights to the poor of the Third World is rightly ranked among the […]

By Matt Miller | Thursday, March 4, 2004