role of government

This week, a former Google executive asked President Obama to raise his taxes so that more people will have the chance to succeed as he has. It was nice to hear the president defend the idea that individual wealth is built in part by collective investment--even if he didn't state it as forcefully as Elizabeth Warren, and even if he mostly avoided the word "taxes" itself.
September 28, 2011

Outside Paradise, government will never be perfect. But that's no reason to give up on it—any more than the fact that we can't love our children perfectly entails giving up on loving them as well as we can.
April 19, 2011