The Capital of Inequality

The Capital of Inequality

Politicians inside the Beltway that circles Washington, D.C., most of us would agree, don’t understand the challenges of daily life that average Americans face outside the Beltway. But these days, if you really want to understand everyday life in our deeply...
The Airline Industry’s Fee-for-All

The Airline Industry’s Fee-for-All

Those who say we should run government like a business must not be frequent flyers. Flying, which was once a fairly good experience, now amounts to being herded, harassed, barked at, and squeezed — while being dunned every step of the way for onerous fees. Make...
Sorry, You Can’t Get There From Here

Sorry, You Can’t Get There From Here

“Take the train,”We used to say;But now that trainHas gone away. Riding the London Underground from downtown to Heathrow Airport can awaken you to just how archaic America’s transportation system is. Most U.S. cities make heading to the airport a...
Crashing the GDP

Crashing the GDP

At 9 p.m. on June 12, there was a collision on the freeway between Baltimore and D.C. The first car, a beige Prius. The second, a gigantic 18-wheeler tearing down I-95. The truck knocked the Prius sideways, sending it spiraling down the road and into the guardrail,...
Pothole Nation

Pothole Nation

Investing in infrastructure used to be a political no-brainer. Politicians of nearly every ideological stripe supported government spending on everything from school buildings to bridges. The more conservative pols would typically favor highways, the more liberal...