Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is editor at large of The American Prospect. His email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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The Party of No Negates Itself

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Can a party that defines itself almost entirely by what it’s against transform itself into a party that can govern? From the evidence of the Republicans’ futile efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the answer seems to be: no. Mitch McConnell’s talent, it turns out, has always been for obstructing the Democrats. No to considering President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee; no to shoring up the infrastructure; no to a higher minimum wage; no—if not a thousand times no, then close to a hundred times no—to Obamacare, which both House and Senate, under GOP control, voted repeatedly, regularly, like clockwork, to repeal—in the assurance that Obama would veto those measures. When given the power, once Donald Trump entered the White House, to actually enact legislation, however, none of McConnell’s wiles sufficed. The failure to construct even a remotely plausible market-driven health-care system that would cover as many Americans...

Exclusive: Donald Jr. to Resign as Trump’s Son

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Facing a rising chorus of allegations of law-breaking and even treason, Donald Trump Jr. will announce today that he is resigning his position as the president’s son. In a draft of a letter to be released “imminently or soon, whichever comes first,” Trump wrote: When Americans elected Dad as their president and the Trumps as their government (with the largest majority in American history if not more), they entrusted all of us—Eric, Ivanka, Tiffany, Barron, Melania, Jared, me, maybe two or three of those Russian girls (I’ve never been entirely sure)—with putting them, Americans, first (or at least, right behind us). That’s what we’ve all tried to do—Jared in the Middle East and Arabia and Israel, Ivanka in the parts of factories and coal mines set aside for the “paid leave workers” (the parts with slower assembly lines or in the mines, not down so deep), and me with Russia—with our friends in Russia, the...

A Modest Proposal for Mitch McConnell

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Mitch McConnell’s epic bamboozling failed to persuade a sufficient number of his Republican colleagues, so the Senate vote on his bill to repeal Obamacare, decimate Medicaid, and cut taxes on the rich has been put on hold. The final stake, however, has not yet been driven through its cankered heart. Both the House and Senate versions of the ACA repeal are almost without precedent in American history. By taking away health coverage from more than 20 million Americans, these bills tread new ground: The withdrawal of life-saving services from tens of millions of citizens is something that no previous Congress has ever seriously considered. The closest analogy I can come up with is the Fugitive Slave Act, passed in 1850, which required Northern states to help Southern ones seize free African Americans in the North so they could be returned to slavery down South. It’s possible, of course, that McConnell, Paul Ryan, and their GOP colleagues don’t believe the Congressional...

Place Matters

As in the 1930s, progressives need economic development strategies for the left-behind regions of the country.

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This article appears in the Summer 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . wwc_homepage_logo-3.jpg Donald Trump’s election may have stunned us all, but it shouldn’t have. There were plenty of signals that regions of the country on whose support Democrats had long counted were in economic collapse. And like most of us, the Democrats failed to see them. In May 2016, the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) released a study—“The New Map of Economic Growth and Recovery”—that made no discernible impact on progressive discourse or Democrats’ strategy. But, like the Angus Deaton and Anne Case studies on rising death rates within the white working class—which did enter progressive discourse but also had no impact on Democrats’ strategy—it sure as hell should have. The EIG’s study strikes me as the necessary corollary to the Deaton-Case documentation of the rise in “deaths of despair” within the...

Leader of the Unfree World

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He’s cool with the Saudis, he’s down with Duterte, he’s effectively a Putin pal. With Western Europe, not so much. It may be a fool’s errand to try to discern an actual foreign policy from President Donald Trump’s tweets, pronouncements, phone calls to foreign leaders, and encounters with them on his recent jaunt through the Middle East and Europe. But after so many tweets and phone calls and pronouncements and encounters, we’re obligated to try. When we do, three distinct tendencies emerge. The first is an economic nationalism that ranges from reasonable and long overdue to just plain cockeyed. The one commendable part of Trump’s foreign policy is his elevation, if largely rhetorical, of the interests of American workers (to be sure, chiefly white male workers in manufacturing) over the economic interests of other nations (which are often really the interests of U.S. multinational corporations). Indeed, this is an area where a more activist...

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