Mark Schmitt is a senior fellow and advisor to the president at the Roosevelt Institute, a New York-based think tank affiliated with the FDR Library. He is a former executive editor of The American Prospect.
If you start to read the policy proposals of the Democratic presidential candidates and the mainstream Democratic think tanks, you will quickly get the impression that, while Democrats see lots of problems, there's always just one solution: a tax credit.
THOSE AREN'T RETIREES -- THEY'RE LOBBYISTS. I couldn't hope to match Ezra's skewering of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a new think tank whose $7 million in funding achieved its obvious goal, which was to produce a single glowing David Broder column. But I will note two things:
DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER! MICHAEL BARONE MAKING SENSE! Relax, all is right with the world. In a previous post, I contrasted Michael Barone's acknowledgment that a U.S. senator intimidating a federal prosecutor is deeply corrupt with his hilarious reinterpretation of Watergate, which I'll quote again because I love it like a favorite poem: "Richard Nixon ... unwittingly colluded in the successful attempt to besmirch his administration."
WAY WORSE THAN WATERGATE. A few years ago, Michael Barone wrote a column about how conservative presidents are always under attack by us ultra-powerful liberals who refuse to accept their legitimacy. It included a dazzlingly audacious one-line historical reinterpretation of Watergate: "Richard Nixon...unwittingly colluded in the successful attempt to besmirch his administration."
THE COSMOPOLITANS. So many things are amazing about the emerging field of presidential candidates, but here's one that hasn't gotten much attention -- just how many of the candidates are from no fixed address. Most presidents, like most Americans, are clearly the products of a single particular place, and understanding that place -- Bill Clinton's Arkansas, Nixon's Southern California, LBJ's Texas -- is a big part of understanding them.
But this year we have:
Obviously, Barack Obama of Hawaii, Indonesia, and Chicago, with roots in Kansas and Kenya and stops in California and Cambridge.
But also, Hillary Clinton, of suburban Illinois, Arkansas, and New York.