To what extent have the following issues become embedded in conflict between conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans: political conflict over opposing ideological stances on the government’s role in regulating and allocating resources; social insurance programs and which risks government, and which risks individuals, should bear; taxes; the deficit; health care; economic policy; social class; race/ethnicity; social-moral and ‘values’ issues; inequality; American foreign policy; and the use of force. Has Donald Trump had any fundamental impact on any of these issues?
Tom Edsall has been teaching political journalism at Columbia University since 2006. His column on strategic and demographic trends in American politics appears every Thursday. He has been a weekly contributor to The Times online Opinion Pages since 2011. He covered politics for The Washington Post from 1981 to 2006, and before that for The Baltimore Sun and The Providence Journal. He has written five books: “The Age of Austerity”, “Building Red America,” “Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics” (a Pulitzer finalist), “Power and Money: Writing About Politics” and “The New Politics of Inequality.” He lives in Washington, D.C.
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