Tag Archives: Lee Hamilton

Op - Ed
October 4, 2017

Election reform is about more than fraud

By Lee Hamilton

A dozen years ago, the preface to a report on federal election reform began with these words: “Polls indicate that many Americans lack confidence in the electoral system, but the political parties are so divided that serious electoral reform is unlikely without…

Op - Ed
August 23, 2017

Nine presidents

By Lee Hamilton

One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of…

Op - Ed
July 12, 2017

Encourage good media

By Lee Hamilton

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder…

Op - Ed
June 28, 2017

Why we need to scrap the debt ceiling

By Lee Hamilton

Back when I was in Congress, I got a call from a constituent one day. I’d recently voted to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and the man was more than irate. “Don’t you understand that we’ve got a serious spending and debt…

Op - Ed
May 31, 2017

Talking to the other side

By Lee H. Hamilton

I’ve had a number of conversations recently that convince me our country is divided into two political camps separated by a deep and uncomfortably wide gap. No, I’m not talking about liberals and conservatives, or pro- and anti-Trump voters. I’m talking…

Op - Ed
May 3, 2017

First 100 days: A president struggling to get on track

By Lee H. Hamilton

I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails.

Yet I also believe that constructive criticism…

Op - Ed
April 19, 2017

We need to safeguard the “public” in public office

By Lee Hamilton

For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government. I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full. This is not a good thing. Public officials should feel strongly obliged…

Op - Ed
August 31, 2016

The media’s responsibility to our democracy

By Lee H. Hamilton Politicians spend a good bit of their time complaining about the media. But why should they have all the fun? I’m going to join in, though I tend to get upset about different things than most sitting politicians do. You see,…

Opinion
August 10, 2016

What does Congress need? Your attention!

By Lee H. Hamilton Now that the conventions are over, I know that all eyes are on the fall presidential campaign. But I’m going to ask you to shift your focus a bit, to Congress. Don’t do it as a favor to me. Do it…

Op - Ed
May 20, 2016

Those who know Congress best are shaking their heads

By Lee H. Hamilton

I had the good fortune last week to spend some time in Washington, D.C., with about a dozen former members of Congress. As you’d expect, we got to talking about the current Congress. Very quickly it turned out that the same…