- David Brooks on Energy Innovation The New York Times columnist compares the debate over energy legislation such as
cap-and-trade to the battle over the transcontinental railroad in the
1860s. Noting the similar opposition to both policies, Brooks
emphatically supports investment in energy innovation, declaring: "To
remain the world’s pre-eminent nation, the U.S. is going to have to
develop energy sources that are plentiful, clean and don’t enrich the
worst people on earth." Brooks proposes a government-directed increase
in new energy R&D and states the country is ready for "a new wave of
- Roger Cohen on Salam Fayyad "When
Palestinian leaders are talking about their self-inflicted undoing, as
well as the undoing inflicted on them by Israel, things may be starting
to move," begins the New York Times columnist, who lauds the Palestinian prime minister's
program for Palestinian statehood and peace with Israel. Labeling Fayyad
"the best hope for Palestine in a very long time," Cohen argues the
opposition of Hamas and Fatah is matched by Palestinians desire for
The easy argument against him is that he’s isolated
politically — opposed by Hamas in Gaza and regarded with suspicion by
the Fatah old guard in the West Bank. The argument for him is that he’s
getting things done, improving people’s lives, and Palestinians are
tired of going nowhere.
- Ronald Brownstein on Immigration and the
GOP Detailing Republicans' pullback from immigration reform since
2006, the National Journal columnist sighs at a GOP that continues to be de facto
white-only in a country increasingly dominated by minorities. "The hardening GOP position also shows how the party
is being tugged toward nativism as its coalition grows more
monochromatic: In a nation that is more than one-third minority, nearly
90 percent of McCain's votes in the 2008 presidential election came from
whites," he recounts. Unless Republicans get on board, Brownstein fears
immigration reform will stall again and "the
nation will likely suffer through years of sharpening social division."
Krugman on the Euro-Mess At The New York Times, Krugman lays out a readable summary of why the present crisis in
Greece bodes ill for all of Europe. "Is the euro itself in danger?
In a word, yes," Krugman warns. The principal lesson here, he says, is
the importance of being able to adapt to fluid situations. "When they
joined the euro, the governments of Greece, Portugal and Spain denied
themselves the ability to do some bad things, like printing too much
money; but they also denied themselves the ability to respond flexibly
to events," Krugman writes. "And when crisis strikes, governments need
to be able to act."
- Peggy Noonan on Mending Fences "The right never trusted the government,
but now the middle doesn't," Noonan declares in a scathing Wall Street
Journal column. Noonan repeatedly stresses the point that "until the
border itself is secure," substantive reform in any other area won't
matter; her larger point concerns a swelling sense of alienation between
the American government and the American people. "While the Democrats
worry about the prospects of the Democrats and the Republicans about the
well-being of the Republicans, who worries about America?" Noonan
wonders. "No one. Which the American people have noticed."
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