Month: June 2021

The Reaganite optimist Paul Ryan on the future of the Republican Party

This was two years after he ended his 10-term House tenure. Drafted by his colleagues to serve as House speaker, he was precluded from chairing the Ways and Means Committee, his highest ambition since he came to Congress with a vanishingly rare seriousness about policies for economic dynamism and a sustainable safety net of entitlements. The 2016 presidential election forced him into an excruciating collaboration.

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The American Dream Can Be Rented for 06/10/2021

As lockdowns sent city dwellers “fleeing” to the suburbs for more space, the prices of homes offering that space took off. To play in the bidding wars, homebuyers had to cough up big money and chain themselves to giant mortgages. This painful scenario led many to choose renting over buying, and that’s not a bad thing.

Why can’t the American dream of a detached house with a family room be rented instead, like an apartment? Actually, it can.

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Are Vets and Pharmacists Showing How to Make Careers Work for Moms?

“It’s systemic,” Goldin told me. “We have to go back to the drawing board and think harder.” She argues that without addressing parenting, the solutions bandied about are “the economic equivalent of tossing a box of Band-Aids to someone with bubonic plague.”

When a child is sick, one parent — it’s usually the mom — has to extricate from work and rush to the pediatrician. In theory, father and mother could trade off these responsibilities, but then neither would make partner.

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Must We Care If You Don’t Get the Shot? for 06/08/2021

I’m fully vaccinated, and so is just about everyone I know. We feel mostly protected against COVID-19. And so if others don’t want to get the shot for political reasons or out of ignorance, must we care?

We read that many Republicans are refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine, while most Democrats are all in. The reasoning on the right seems to be that President Joe Biden wants us all to get vaccinated, therefore they won’t.

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