A New Social Contract for a New Era

The implications of the political realignment we’ve been discussing will be much more pervasive than most people yet realize. Why? Because pressure has been building for a new social contract ever since the realignment of 1968.

As Bill Clinton said in 1995, and acknowledged by signing the 1996 welfare reform bill, “The era of big government is over.” However, because our system is constructed in a way that makes gradual change virtually impossible, very little has yet been done to reflect that sentiment. Our system requires .....

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