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Columns from Mike O'Connor

(To read a column, click on its title.)


January 30, 2015

Upper Middle Class Entitlement(s)

When entitlements are earmarked for the poor, the unemployed, the sick and the elderly, many Americans resent them. But when 529s were threatened, the rhetoric of the struggling middle class clouded over the typical suspicion of such programs.


January 17, 2015

Using Obamacare

Progressives who ignore or minimize administrative problems with Obamacare run the risk of dismissing the experiences of those whose dissatisfactions with the program are quite legitimate.


December 10, 2014

Democrats and the Middle Class

The argument that Democrats should think and talk about the middle class more is difficult to distinguish from the claim that they have been concentrating on the poor too much.


November 22, 2014

Politics and Culture in The Invisible Bridge

In order to capture multiple vectors of influence, historians might need to innovate new styles of research and writing.