Stories by Noah Kristula-Green

Noah Kristula-Green is the Managing Editor and a Contributor to FrumForum. He was formerly a Web Intern at The New Republic. He lives in Washington DC, grew up in Tokyo, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from The University of Chicago. His email is noahkgreen [at] & you can follow him on Twitter: @noahkgreen

Who Made Norquist’s Pledge Sacrosanct?

November 30th, 2011 at 11:14 am 191 Comments

Grover Norquist’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge is not even 100 words long, yet it has been blamed for gridlock in Congress and for making it impossible for Republicans to make any constructive negotiations and compromises over the budget. Because of the importance of the pledge (which commits politicians to never raising income taxes) AEI hosted a debate between Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.


Signs of Hope, Part 3

November 23rd, 2011 at 1:06 am 58 Comments

Continuing on the theme of identifying conservative intellectuals who are making arguments that show hope for the future of the movement, prostate I’d like to turn the spotlight onto two recent pieces from Ramesh Ponnuru.

To his credit, search Ponnuru has used his pulpit from National Review to argue against one of the most pernicious conservative talking points: that 47% of Americans ‘don’t pay taxes.’


Die-Hard Occupiers Stay for the Meetings

November 21st, 2011 at 2:16 am 16 Comments

I had made plans to go to New York to see the “Occupy” encampment at Zuccotti Park before the NYPD broke it up on November 15th. This didn’t stop me from stopping by on Saturday November 19th; I was curious to see how the movement would adapt to not being allowed to have tents in the park.

The early verdict: the park may no longer be packed but some diehards still want to hold meetings in the cold.


Rick Perry’s Chutzpah

November 15th, 2011 at 11:57 am 35 Comments

Rick Perry is calling for legislators to be thrown into jail for insider trading. Perry’s comments are particularly bold given that allegations of insider trading have followed him through his own political career.

Most people forget that Michele Bachmann’s original criticism of Perry’s HPV vaccine mandate in Texas was that it was an exercise in crony capitalism. Perry not only had a former of chief of staff with ties to Merck (the company that made the vaccine) his wife has also provided consulting services for Merck on other projects and was very supportive of the HPV vaccine. He had received a lot of financial support from Merck in the past: (more…)

British Conservatives Face the Future

November 15th, 2011 at 1:03 am 47 Comments

Anyone who gets drawn into the attempts to modernize the Republican Party inevitably ends up reading about the experiences of the UK and Canadian conservatives. The Canadian Conservatives went through many years in the wilderness before they eventually secured their current governing majority and the British Conservatives are also actively debating how to modernize their own party.

When an American reads the literature that these debates produce, diagnosis its impossible not to feel some longing for the discussion that is taking place in other countries.


The Top 5% vs. The Next 25%

November 14th, 2011 at 1:34 am 42 Comments

Is there a relationship between inequality and mobility? Occupy Wall Street argues that there is one, which is why their message that they are the “99%” carries a dual meaning. They argue that disproportionate wealth is held by the top 1% and that there is no mobility into their ranks. But are these two ideas actually related?


Upward Mobility: It’s a Race Thing

November 11th, 2011 at 1:06 pm 62 Comments

You don’t have to accept some of the anarchistic radicalism at Occupy Wall Street to admit that America is a country with high income inequality and low upward mobility. Some Conservatives have tried to obfuscate this reality but others are actually wrestling with it.

A recent issue of National Review is thankfully in this latter camp and has an essay by Scott Winship which goes over the research produced by the Pew Economic Mobility Project as well as recent work from the Brookings Institute.



November 9th, 2011 at 5:04 pm 114 Comments

Post Debate Analysis:

The most memorable moment from the November 9th CNBC debate was Rick Perry’s very embarrassing verbal fumble. (You can watch the video of it here.)

Perry began listing the three departments he would eliminate as president, but stumbled on listing department #3. (more…)

Do Facts Matter in the Inequality Debate?

November 9th, 2011 at 4:58 pm 28 Comments

In the Weekly Standard, diagnosis Matthew Continetti warns conservatives that the data on income inequality might, just might, not be backing up conservative talking points:

What too many [conservatives] have done is accept the premise that the purpose of government is to lessen inequalities of goods. To dispute the studies on income inequality is not to deny the presupposition on which those studies rest. To argue that “income inequality is a myth” is to imply that, if income inequality were not a myth, there would be a problem. As soon as one runs to social science’s vast library of Babel, where a study can be found to prove practically anything, one is conceding valuable ground.


Who is Judge Silberman?

November 8th, 2011 at 4:27 pm 17 Comments

Who is Laurence H. Silberman, the judge who has just written a ruling for the DC Appellate court upholding the President’s healthcare law?

He is a judge who came of age at the time when conservatives were responding to the activism of the Supreme Court in the 50′s and 60′s. He is a significant member of the conservative legal world, with membership in the Federalist Society and with a record of service in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan administrations.