Finally, we need better ways of talking about our plans. We have a vision for, as Bob Reich puts it, a more socially just future. But we need to convey the future part. I hated it every time George Bush claimed the mantle of reformer with innovative ideas on taxes, Social Security, and health care. There's nothing worse than the Republican Party accusing the Democratic Party of being conservative. The only way to fight back is to reclaim the label of reform and add real substance to it, with more plans and better plans.
TODAY IN SLATE
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Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.