Lee Hamilton

What lies ahead | Lee H. Hamilton

Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser.

 

After the elections, attitude will Be key | Lee Hamiliton

An intriguing conversation about the next step in the fiscal drama is taking place among our elected leaders. At this early point it is mostly at an exploratory level, but it’s no less real for that.

 

Where Our Money Goes | Lee H. Hamilton

Over the last few weeks, as the deadline for the congressionally mandated budget cuts known as the “sequester” came and went, we got a taste of how difficult cutting federal spending actually turns out to be.

 

Viewing political corruption more broadly | Lee H. Hamilton

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government.

A very tough job | Lee H. Hamilton

You know who I feel sorry for? Today’s politicians. You’ll laugh at this, but hear me out.

The Way Forward for Congress | Lee H. Hamiltion

There have been encouraging signs on Capitol Hill of late that Congress’s long slide into irrelevance may be slowing.

Governing by crisis isn’t governing at all | Lee Hamilton

After Congress came a hair’s breadth from shutting down the Department of Homeland Security a few weeks ago, members of the leadership tried to reassure the American people.

What our country needs from the press | Lee H. Hamilton

These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines.

Congress still Isn’t being responsible | Lee Hamilton

change, but so long overdue that it can’t possibly make up for what should have been accomplished on Capitol Hill this year.

A bipartisan goal: Good constituent service | Lee H. Hamilton

The rigors of the campaign are still fresh, but for newly elected House members and senators, the hard part is just beginning. Already, they’re inundated with advice on the issues they’ll be facing: the fiscal cliff, crises overseas, how to behave in a highly partisan Congress.

Civil discourse and the clash of ideas | Lee Hamilton

The election of 2012 has called attention to how difficult it is for Americans to talk reasonably with one another about public policy challenges. Our civic dialogue — how we sort through issues and reason with one another — is too often lamentable.

Shouldn’t We All Be Americans First? | Lee H. Hamilton

I was first elected to Congress in 1964. That was the year Lyndon Johnson won a full term as president in a landslide. If ever a president had a popular mandate to pursue his goals, it was LBJ in the few years that followed that election.

Editorial | It’s time to quell excessive partisanship | Lee Hamilton

There are lots of ways in which members of Congress differ from the American people.

Reform should be the candidates’ agenda | Lee Hamilton

As the presidential candidates go at it over the next several months, we’ll be hearing a lot about what the federal government ought to be doing.

The problem with government isn’t a few bad apples | Lee Hamilton

Americans get angry when they learn of government bureaucrats spending lavishly at a Las Vegas hotel or Secret Service agents consorting with prostitutes. As well they should. Such conduct wastes money and drains Americans’ respect for their government.