Matthew Bishop

Matthew Bishopis an editorial intern at The American Spectator.

Serve the State

 

Kudos to Greg Mankiw for catching this from the President-Elect’s transition website: The Obama Administration will call on Americans to serve in order to meet the nation’s challenges. President-Elect Obama will expand national service programs like AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and will create a new Classroom Corps to help teachers in underserved schools, as well […]

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A Class Act

 

Others on this blog may disagree, but John McCain delivered the most gracious and heartfelt speech of his career tonight, and he walked off the stage with honor intact. The American people have spoken, and tonight McCain honored them as much as he honored President-elect Obama.

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The Great Communicators

 

Recently I exchanged a few emails with Elvin T. Lim, a professor of government at Wesleyan University and author of the book The Anti Intellectual Presidency. Lim’s particular expertise is in the area of political communication, and I found his comments about Barack Obama’s oratory to be particularly interesting. The key to Barack Obama’s rhetorical […]

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Where have all the leaders gone?

 

Christian Science Monitor has an article today by David Gergen and Andy Zelleke in which they discuss why America is not producing the same caliber of leaders it once did.   Several years ago, the pioneering leadership scholar Warren Bennis wondered how it could be that the much smaller society at the time of the […]

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All Hands on Deck

 

One of the biggest agents of change at Raymond Elementary School stands 6’6″, weighs over 260 lbs., and carries a mop. David Clea, a graduate of Washington, D.C.’s McKinley High and former college basketball player, works as Raymond’s janitor. Unlike most janitors, though, when he finishes cleaning the building, Clea’s work is far from done. […]

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Michelle Rhee for Secretary of Education

 

No matter who wins, DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee ought to be offered a position in the US Department of Education.  With Obama giving her a nod in this debate, and McCain being a clear advocate for education reform, I wager she will be. Whether or not she would accept is another question.  When asked […]

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Lowering corporate taxes.

 

McCain looked pretty awkward when he tried to articulate the “Joe the Plumber” story, but he won the exchange on taxes, which has arguably been the biggest battle in these debates.  It’s not enough to point out that Obama would raise taxes on businesses, as McCain has several times already–he needed to explain to Americans […]

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Finally, A Peaceful Ramadan

 

Today is the first of a three day holiday that concludes Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. As such, it seems a good time to remember that we really have turned the corner in Iraq. For the first five years of the war, Ramadan was a nasty month for US troops. Why? Because in addition to their normal program […]

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Bury the Damn Bridge

 

Sometimes you eat the bear: Sarah Palin demonstrated that two weeks ago in St. Paul, when her rousing acceptance speech hit the media like a twelve-gauge slug. But as Alaskans know well — anybody remember Timothy “The Grizzly Man” Treadwell? — sometimes the bear eats you. Palin’s insistent use of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” […]

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Coming Home to This?

 

Iraq isn’t exactly the Four Seasons, and air-conditioning is no basis for marriage. Yet for many American troops who prefer accommodations in Iraq over those provided stateside, and who occasionally admit to tying the knot just to escape ramshackle barracks, modern accommodations in garrison mean a lot — perhaps the difference between reenlisting or not. […]

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