Posts by Steven L. Taylor

Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

The Odd Psychology of John McCain

What’s up with McCain and DADT?

Health Care Reform and Political Constraints

How likely are more sweeping health care reforms in the US? Not very likely at all.

DADT Repealed

The Congress has passed a repeal of DADT.

Back to Health Care Reform: Government Takeovers and Free Markets

Did we have a free market in health care prior to the passage of PPACA? No.

Political Lie of the Year: “Government Takeover of Health Care”

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year 2010.

I Don’t Think that Means What You Think it Means (DeMint, Sacrilege and Delays)

Since when is working the week before Christmas sacrilege?

More on No Labels

More on the No Labels label problem.

A Quick Word or Two for the No Labels Folks.

Has anyone told Mike Bloomberg that “No Labels” is, well, a label?

Representation in the House: The Wyoming Rule

One simple proposal on the size of the House of Representatives.

Two Observations on the Health Care Ruling

Yes, a federal judge has ruled the individual mandate to be unconstitutional. However, this issue is hardly settled yet.

Columbia PoliSci Prof Charged with Incest

Columbia political science professor David Epstein has been charged with a 3-year incestuous relationship with his adult daughter.

Sweet Deals: Tax Package Set for Senate Vote

The Senate has constructed the legislation to correspond to the Obama-McConnell deal, sweeteners and all.

Krauthammer Declares Obama the Winner of the Tax Debate

Krauthammer thinks Obama tricked the GOP into agreeing to Stimulus II.

Super-Majority Requirements and Fiscal Outcomes (Tax Compromise Edition)

The pending compromise between the two parties on taxes and other policies underscores the fact that enhanced minority power (in this case, the filibuster power) helps contribute to fiscal irresponsibility.

POL 101: To Govern is to Redistribute

Is it possible to govern and not engage in some amount of redistribution?

An Historical Note on the 17th Amendment

The states fought hard to retain the right to appoint Senators, right?

Another Observation about the 17th Amendment

How would appointed Senators affect the partisan mix of the Senate?

The Unspoken Hope of Critics of the Seventeenth Amendment

Why would policy outcomes be different under the 17th Amendment?

Headline of the Day

Line of the Day: Tax and Spend Edition

They aren’t going to stop, but the cliches that pass for debate sure are tiresome (plus some musings about the tax cut extension debate).

One Bizarre Poll

So, if Hispanics formed a political party, what do you think it should be called?

On the Role of States in our Constitutional Order

Sorting out, to some degree, the role of the states in our constitutional order.

POL 101: A Question about Representation

Are the interests of a given state different than the interests of the people living in that state?

A Simple Question on DADT

Is there really anyone who can credibly argue at this point that the policy regarding homosexuals openly serving in the armed services is anything other than basic discrimination?

Things not to Celebrate: Secession

Roughly 150 years ago, the CSA was born. Is this something worthy of celebration?

McCain and North Korea

McCain brings up “regime change” in re: the DKRP and China apparently isn’t doing enough.

The Real Deficit-Reduction Math

There is a simple mathematical equation that explains why deficit reduction is so difficult.

A Basic Point on the Korea Situation

There is at least one simple reason why dealing with the North is so difficult.

Angle 2.0?