Marc Thiessen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's waning political star comes at an awkward time for the European project of greater political and economic integration. The Brexit negotiations are now reaching a crucial stage; French President Emmanuel Macron sorely needs a serious German partner to push forward his European reform agenda; and potentially destabilizing Italian parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in March next year. Should the curtain now indeed be falling on Merkel's 12 years as German chancellor, her steady hand and decisive leadership in defusing earlier European economic crises will surely be missed as Europe tries to navigate its way through the [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
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If there is one thing about the Eurozone on which most economists can agree, it is that Italy's economic performance since the Euro's 1999 launch has been appalling. If there is another thing on which consensus can be found, it is that an over-indebted Italian economy needs a coherent and reform-minded government to get the country quickly onto a higher economic growth path. Sadly, in the run up to next year's Italian parliamentary elections, which is most likely to take place in March 2018, the prospects do not appear to be promising that Italy will get itself such a government. This [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
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The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act returned a good deal of K-12 authority from Uncle Sam back to the states. After 15 years of accelerating federal energy – thanks to the No Child Left Behind Act, Race to the Top and a number of Obama-era regulations and guidance letters – the 2015 law aimed to enable state-level policymakers to independently make key decisions about standards, assessments, school ratings, interventions and more. Given the old saying that “personnel is policy,” we should have anticipated two different things occurring as power shifted from inside the Beltway to state capitals – one [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
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It is said that generals fight the last war all too often. One has to wonder whether the same might be said of the Federal Reserve in its effort to avert a future economic and financial crisis. U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Jerome Powell, his nominee to become chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria Despite the many warning signs of dangerous financial market vulnerabilities, and the knowledge that the next economic crisis is all too likely to take a different form than the last crisis, the Fed [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
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Chicago's mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a tax hike on ride-sharing services, which would hurt companies like Uber and Lyft. Should the Windy City tax successful startups in order to help fund their public transportation system? AEI's James Pethokoukis gives his take. [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
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Dear conservative reader, I'm sorry about Thanksgiving 2013. I got carried away. The Obama administration and seemingly every liberal website were putting out all these Guides To Explaining the Affordable Care Act to Your Conservative Uncle, and so I jumped in the game. I offered you the “Thanksgiving guide to making conservative arguments liberals can understand.” It seemed like a good idea. You could sow some doubt about regulation by pointing out the food regs that Michael Pollan opposes. You could critique Social Security by pointing out its regressive redistribution. Related reading:The Thanksgiving guide to making conservative arguments liberals can understand But once you mentioned [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
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In this episode of the “New Skills Marketplace” podcast, Andy Smarick (AEI) and John Bailey (AEI) sit down with Tamar Jacoby from Opportunity America to talk about workforce development. http://media.blubrry.com/aeipodcastchannel/p/media.blubrry.com/aeieventspod/p/content.blubrry.com/aeieventspod/New_Skills_Marketplace_Tamar_Jacoby_on_workforce_development_112117.mp3Podcast (aei-podcast-channel): Download Tamar begins by raising a number of questions about proposed solutions to the skills gap [3:57]. She then focuses specifically on apprenticeships [6:11]. Next, Tamar responds to concerns about job reductions due to automation and drops in economic mobility [10:26]. Finally, she identifies the main questions that policymakers, employers, and educational institutions need to answer to in order make meaningful changes to workforce training [19:20] and offers advice to [...]
Tue, Nov 21, 2017
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President Trump's critics are arguing that GOP calls for the Justice Department to investigate Hillary Clinton and Democrats' ties to Russia are an effort to distract from the real Russia investigation, into potential Trump-Russia collusion. No, they are not. Ever since Watergate, the mantra of all major corruption investigations has been to “follow the money.” Well, Americans of all political stripes should be outraged by the fact that both Democrats and Republicans in Washington are up to their eyeballs in Kremlin cash. Russian money found its way into the pockets of not only Trump advisers like Paul Manafort and Rick Gates — [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
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President Donald Trump still has vocal Republican detractors. But they are laboring under two problems. The first, which has received a lot of attention, is that there aren't a lot of them. In the latest Gallup poll, Trump has the approval of 82 percent of Republicans. The second, which has received less attention, is that this minority of Republicans is divided. It's divided on policy issues. Bret Stephens, Max Boot and Charles Sykes are all right-of-center commentators who want Republicans to dump Trump. But they also want gun control, sometimes of a sweeping nature. Other frequent Trump critics on the right, such [...]
Mon, Nov 20, 2017
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