by Jay F. Hein
Welcome to the relaunch edition of American Outlook, a national public policy journal rooted in America’s heartland. Our geography provides a clear line of sight to innovative solutions being hatched to combat our nation’s most stubborn problems. Opposite the conventional wisdom prevailing in Washington, D.C.’s power corridors, our writers pay more attention to common sense and first principles in the subjects they address.
Further, our operating platform is constructed by Sagamore Institute’s core beliefs in human dignity, the power of free markets, the pro-social role of religion in society, and individual freedom. We believe that public policy belongs to all the public—not just those who occupy elite corridors—and that citizens should be the centerpiece of public life.
Now a word about our history. Sagamore Institute was founded in 2004 to continue the think tank franchise established by Hudson Institute during its 20-year residency in Indianapolis. While there, Hudson began publishing American Outlook in 1998 and ceased publication in 2005. With recommencement under Sagamore, readers will have access to the full collection of past issues as well as each future edition at www.americanoutlook.org.
The 2010 national elections will be remembered for the debut of the Tea Party formed in reaction to the Obama administration’s prodigious government spending and far-reaching policies. Yet the subjects of our cover story—Mitch Daniels and Steve Goldsmith—disclaim the “for or against government” disposition in favor of an uncommon blend of libertarianism, business-savvy, and performance-oriented public administration. In short, they want less government but the government that remains to be better, smarter and faster.
by Jay F. Hein
Mitch Daniels and Steve Goldsmith usher in a new era of fiscally-savvy leadership.
by Ryan Streeter
Who is his political hero? Why is he a conservative? How did his tenure in the Reagan administration prepare him to be governor? And more . . .
by Jayson White
Can the government achieve better results for less? Steve Goldsmith thinks so.
by Dr. William J. Bennett
The great American historian David McCullough recently testified to a terrible secret about what is happening in America's classrooms . . .
by Senator Dick Lugar
A stable and prosperous Africa is good for America too.
by Arthur C. Brooks
Winning the struggle between two visions of America's culture.
by Stephen Jordan
As the United States has racked up significant debt, the private sector has stagnated. Where did we get on the wrong track?
by Amy L. Sherman
Some thrifty inner-city kids are showing the way.
by S. T. Karnick
Finding a solution by going beyond partisan politics.
by Alan W. Dowd
Leaving Afghanistan now--or anytime soon--"would be a mistake of historic proportions," said NATO Secretary General . . .
by David Wright
Accepting the conditions for a new generation of greatness.