Eric B. Schnurer

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Eric B. Schnurer

Eric B. Schnurer is president of Public Works LLC, a policy consulting firm, and a former policy advisor and speechwriter to several US presidential candidates.

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Life after Obamacare

The American health care system has been at the center of political debate for roughly three score years and ten – the Biblical lifespan. Today’s debate is thus very much one that has outlived itself...

Thus Donald Trump joined the global conflict on technology

If you have any doubts about the true defining issue of our time, all you have to do is look at the divisions within the Trump Administration itself over economic policy: President Donald Trump is doing what he was elected to do – attack the economy and lifestyle of t...

The risks in Zuckerberg’s dream

Two words dominate Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent 6,000-word “manifesto” on the future of his company: “community” and “infrastructure”. The first is what he wants Facebook to be seen as producing, the second what he wants it to be seen as being...

A legacy of hope but modest change

Barack Obama entered the White House on a promise of “hope and change.” He leaves as, to some, the worst president in history, who came close to ruining the country; to others, one of our most brilliant and competent, making the country significantly better despite battling a completely obstructionist Congress almost every step of the way...

Gender, rapporto tra i sessi, e morale pubblica negli USA

Si parla sempre più spesso – e giustamente – del fattore “gender” in politica. Nonostante il crescente uso corrente di questo termine, negli Stati Uniti e altrove, bisogna ricordare che, per la precisione, solo i nomi hanno un “genere”; le persone in realtà hanno un sesso...

US economic dilemmas: immigration, inequality, trade and the budget

The nationalism, nativism and xenophobia given voice by Donald Trump are understandable reactions to the global changes that are harming many working-class Americans. They are not, however, intelligent responses to them...

A major political realignment amid the confusion

We are in the midst of a great political party realignment, the sixth in American history. This realignment has been coming for some time, a reflection of forces larger and deeper than any individuals involved in the drama...

Think tanks and the tank battles in the US political ground war

The development of a wide network of think tanks in the US is widely credited with the resurgence of a Republican Party left for dead after the debacle of 1964, in which Barry Goldwater, running against President Lyndon Baines Johnson, suffered the worst popular-vote defeat in US presidential history.  Only 16 years later, Ronald Reagan, running on essentially the same platform as Goldwate...

The primary season: end of the beginning

With the recent voting, we have finally reached, if not the beginning of the end, at least the end of the beginning. It’s been clear for a while that, despite a stronger-than-expected challenge from socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee...

The healthcare debate as mirror of a dispiriting presidential campaign

Despite the Republicans’ six-year obsession with repealing Obamacare, the healthcare issue has played a relatively minor role in this year’s presidential campaign...