Timothy Noah

Whenever the very rich hold views at odds with those of the entire population, the federal government tends to do the rich's bidding.Timothy Noah

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The embourgeoisement of China's proletariat may be the inevitable result of its industrialization, but 'inevitable' isn't the same as 'speedy.'Timothy Noah

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Customer service, they say, is dead. Actually, it isn't. It's just hiding behind a call center in Manila.Timothy Noah

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I'm all for lifting the payroll-tax cap, if only to make payroll taxes a little less regressive.Timothy Noah

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You know what isn't class warfare? Progressive taxation, as in, say, expecting billionaires to pay at least as much in taxes as their secretaries. Ideally, in fact, they should pay more.Timothy Noah

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The only agency of the federal government with a more demoralized workforce than Homeland Security is the Small Business Administration, a notorious turkey farm that should have been abolished years ago.Timothy Noah

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The argument most commonly made in the filibuster's favor is crudely partisan: 'Our side may be in the majority now, but someday it will be in the minority, and when that happens we'll want to block the other side's extremist agenda.'Timothy Noah

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If the Pentagon truly confined itself to providing defense, then presumably we wouldn't need a whole separate government agency to provide 'Homeland Security.'Timothy Noah

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For any politician who didn't enter office a wealthy man, nothing says 'I take bribes' like a Rolex watch.Timothy Noah

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The central con of the political coalition assembled by Ronald Reagan and maintained by his successors was that government was a common enemy.Timothy Noah

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Presidential election results in 2008 and 2012 clarified that talk radio was not, in fact, running the country.Timothy Noah

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There's no shortage of Democrats who are at least as committed as Schwarzenegger to reducing greenhouse gases.Timothy Noah

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Republican presidents talk about freedom. Democratic presidents talk about equality.Timothy Noah

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I'd never have guessed that, six years after Medicare introduced a drug benefit, it would still be forbidden to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies. Health reform might fix that, but it probably won't.Timothy Noah

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I won't dispute that bankers' privileged treatment in the 2008 crash merits populist scorn. But unfortunately, without a bank bailout, there probably would have been a worldwide depression.Timothy Noah

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Income inequality has gotten worse under President Barack Obama.Timothy Noah

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If corporations are people, as the Supreme Court wishes us to believe, they are stunningly unpatriotic ones.Timothy Noah

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What type of 'person' is the for-profit corporation? A spoiled brat - all rights and no responsibilities, a traditional conservative argument would say.Timothy Noah

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The U.S. policy of hoarding crude oil never made the world, or even the U.S., a safer place.Timothy Noah

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The doomsayers of the 1970s were wrong about how quickly the world would run out of oil, but not about the dangers that hydrocarbon consumption posed to the global environment, especially with respect to climate change.Timothy Noah

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With its Medicaid expansion, Obamacare may turn out to be the most equality-promoting policy enacted in a generation.Timothy Noah

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The Clinton administration cared a lot about the middle class and the poor. But it also cared a lot - too much, in retrospect - about the rich.Timothy Noah

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The federal government does not trample in jackboots those with whom it does business. It wraps them in cotton batting and, when they express ingratitude, apologizes profusely.Timothy Noah

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Conservatives often say that we should care not about equality of outcomes but about equality of opportunity.Timothy Noah

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The war to rein in Wall Street excess is never over.Timothy Noah

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The House of Representatives eliminated the filibuster way back in the 19th century, and somehow it managed to survive.Timothy Noah

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Working people vote!Timothy Noah

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The hometown economic elite - rich local families or individuals whom people used to praise or revile, read about in the society pages, and gossip about incessantly - disappeared from most American cities decades ago.Timothy Noah

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Some liberals think that describing any role that education gaps play in creating income inequality is some sort of sellout - that, in essence, you're telling the middle class, 'Tough luck; you should have stayed in college.'Timothy Noah

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You have to let the market reward effort and skill. But a system in which inequality of incomes constantly increases over time is worrisome.Timothy Noah

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