Steve Hochstadt: Today hope means believing that we will soon stop going backwards, that this moment is just a hesitation on the journey toward the unity we seek. Sometimes hope makes way for despair about how things might get worse.
Steve Hochstadt: It’s been confusing, but delightful to see so many serious and skilled people with the most diverse identities making a serious run at the Presidency.
Steve Hochstadt: Our lives are more strongly influenced by state governments, which might ban or support the right to abortion, try to suppress or encourage voting, raise or lower taxes.
Steve Hochstadt: The Tea Party no longer needs to attack the Republican Party from the right. They are the Republican Party, and their desire to recreate our country in their image is non-negotiable.
Steve Hochstadt: For the few members of Congress who position themselves near the middle, who represent districts where elections are in doubt, their votes represent more than partisan loyalty – they display courage or its absence.
Steve Hochstadt: Over the next 11 months Trump will surprise everyone, perhaps many times, with unprecedented statements and behaviors. It is doubtful that any of those shocks will be pleasant.
Steve Hochstadt: Instead of stressing about Trump’s latest idiocy or the decline of American politics, about which we can do very little, we could try to emulate Mr. Rogers.
Steve Hochstadt: During last week’s hearing, I thought the most effective defense mounted by the forever-Trumpers was that nothing happened.
Steve Hochstadt: For me, the scariest segment of the American electorate has been identified by some political scientists as “chaos-seekers”. They are so disaffected from our political system, that they want to undermine it, even destroy it.
Steve Hochstadt: They are powerful and clever, but we can stop them. We cannot wait for others to defeat them, we must take action now.
Steve Hochstadt: One of the most important elements of modern Chinese development has been the construction of housing for a population of over 1.4 billion.
Steve Hochstadt: Our policy-makers, Democrat and Republican, have been tinkering around the edges of poverty, but have not found a set of policies which can make an impact.
Steve Hochstadt: Trust in government fell precipitously after 1965, varying between 20% and 40% (except for a brief jump right after 9/11) until recently, hitting only 17% earlier this year. This plunge was common to both parties, all generations, blacks, whites and Hispanics.