Art Levine

Art Levine is a contributing editor of The Washington Monthly and a former Health Policy Fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI). He is the author of PPI's 2005 report, “Parity-Plus: A Third Way Approach to Fix America's Mental Health System,” and is currently working on a book on mental-health issues. He also blogs at The Huffington Post. Follow at ArtL7 on Twitter.

Recent Articles

The DeLay Wannabes

Amid all the turmoil over House ethics rules and Tom DeLay's expanding assortment of scandals, the embattled majority leader's Republican minions quickly resorted to the old “everybody does it” defense.

“The things that Tom has been criticized about in one way or another every member of Congress could be criticized about,” declares Majority Whip Roy Blunt. Fortunately, that's a considerable exaggeration. But several members of Congress have shown themselves, like DeLay, to be more inclined than most of their colleagues to push the ethical envelope.

The Super-Lobbyist's "Friend"

This article is excerpted from an examination of congressional ethics that will appear in our June issue.

Take pity on poor Bob Ney, who insists he's just another victim of lobbyist Jack Abramoff and public-relations consultant Michael Scanlon. Unlike the half-dozen Indian tribes that paid about $82 million to that scamming duo, however, the U.S. representative at least got campaign donations and a lavish trip to Scotland's legendary St. Andrew's golf course out of them. Whether he got more than that is now a matter of interest to Justice Department investigators, according to a knowledgeable source who says that the probers are seeking to discover whether Ney received any illegal donations from Abramoff.

Confessions Of A (Former) Y2K Paranoid

Next time we face the threat of a worldwide apocalyptic technological breakdown, I'm sure my hoard of meals ready to eat (MREs), battery-powered lamps, and Eco-Fuel cooking equipment will come in very handy indeed.

How Low Can You Go?

The Case for Poverty

The Census Bureau reports that the gap between rich and poor is the
widest it's been since World War II, but according to Ernest Van Den Haag,
writing in op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal, that's no cause
for concern. Such inequality "is economically beneficial" because
it creates an incentive to work hard and avoid poverty. If government acts
to raise wages on the bottom of the income scale, Van Den Haag warns, people
would have little reason to work hard, take risks, and invest their extra
wealth.

How Low Can You Go

Downsizing Etiquette

In

his own variation of Teddy Roosevelt's maxim, President Clinton is talking

softly and carrying a little stick by asking corporations to be nice to their

workers. But if the June 10 issue of Fortune is any guide, such gentle

proddings have yet to make an impact.

In an article headlined, "How to Fire People and Still Sleep at Night,"

the magazine offers handy do's and don'ts for sensitive managers: "Everyone

is likely to be affected in some way," the empathetic journal says of

layoffs, "but the managers who do the actual firing are often hurt the

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