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Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before Congress in 2011

Four Things We Got Right and Europe Didn’t

You hear it a lot in some circles: The US is heading down the same road as Greece, a basket case of an economy with huge debt and no hope.

And if we don’t address entitlement spending—primarily Medicare and Medicaid—our … More…

Antonis Samaras, leader of New Democracy

Greek Voters Step Back from the Brink for Now

It looks as if Greek voters have decided to go with the parties that created the mess their country is in.

New Democracy, a center-right party which along with the nominally socialist Pasok has governed the country throughout the financial … More…

French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon.

Meet the Real Socialists

Some very intelligent, successful conservatives strongly believe President Obama is a socialist, based largely on his health care reform plan and comments he’s made about wealthy people paying their fair share of taxes.

But I don’t think they understand what … More…

Foreclosure photo 2009 by Basic Gov

Who Really Caused the Crisis?

It’s the question that just won’t go away. You’d think it would be settled now, but it hasn’t been, mainly because of politics.

Democrats believe the financial crisis was caused mainly by a deregulated Wall Street run amok, and some … More…

Where Liberals Failed

“To those who charge that liberalism has been tried and found wanting, I answer that the failure is not in the idea but in the course of recent history”—former Sen. George McGovern, (defeated) Democratic presidential candidate, 1972.

Liberalism has two … More…

Where Conservatives Failed

“The [Bush] aide said that guys like me were 'in what we call the reality-based community,’ which he defined as people who ‘believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.’

“‘That's not the way the world really More…

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Who We Are and What We're About

Independents are the largest political bloc in the US, but our views occupy only a small part of the national conversation.

Why? Because cable news and the blogosphere—the principal public outlets for political discourse in this country—are sharply polarized between … More…