All posts by Amy Fried

Amy Fried

About Amy Fried

Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives. Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. Her views do not reflect those of her employer or any group to which she belongs.

Bad policy, unpopular president will help Democrats win in 2018

After Republicans pursued a series of seriously unpopular bills, Democrats are poised to make large gains. The tax law is among the most unpopular in the history of polling because it increases wealth inequality and conflicts with people’s desire for a fairer tax system. Instead of passing a better crafted, more popular, deficit-neutral tax bill, […]

Why Republican tax cuts aren’t what Americans want

What today’s Republicans have done is astonishing in the long history of taxes. They’ve sparked a tax revolt against a policy that, overall, cuts taxes. That’s because of the way politicians have acted and what the tax plan does. With no emergency, the Senate hurriedly and sloppily took up a complicated policy affecting our entire […]

Tax bill includes stinky stuff still being uncovered. Collins voted against time to find it beforehand.

Sen. Susan Collins always advocated knowing about legislation before voting. Then came the swampish tax bill. I’ve agreed with Sen. Collins on some issues and disagreed on others. But rather consistently, she’s deserved respect for advocating the use of evidence and good processes for legislation. That wasn’t her approach with the tax bill. The Senate, […]

GOP tax plans make the American dream harder to achieve

As an educator who is the daughter of educators, it’s painful to see how GOP tax plans would hurt students’ quest for the American dream. What Americans have long wanted is a system that enables them to do well based on their talents, skills and hard work. Achieving the American dream means having choices about […]

There is nothing populist about the GOP tax plan

I don’t know the best word for a tax plan that preserves tax breaks for owners of golf courses, while taking them away for medical expenses, adoptions and students, but it isn’t “populist.” Like this year’s health bills, which would have slashed Medicaid while cutting taxes for the wealthy, the GOP tax plan does the […]

Medicaid expansion helps working poor, who have no other insurance options

Beyond all the complexities about health policy, there’s one question I’d like to ask anyone who opposes Medicaid expansion or isn’t sure how she’ll vote. Since America doesn’t have universal coverage, some people have jobs but don’t have health insurance and can’t afford to buy it. Why not expand Medicaid for people like that? Let’s […]

(Updated) Manafort isn’t the first presidential campaign manager to be indicted. The last one went to jail.

With news that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner have been indicted on twelve charges, let’s pause to remember another presidential campaign manager who faced federal criminal charges. The man was John Mitchell, President Nixon’s campaign manager for his 1972 re-election campaign. Mitchell headed CREEP, the Committee to Re-elect the President […]

Expand health coverage to fight Trump’s sabotage

The politics of health care are scary and strange but there are also positive possibilities for broadening coverage. What hurts patients and providers, such as the sabotage of the Affordable Care Act pursued by President Donald Trump, needs to be countered and corrected. Expanding Medicaid is one way to do this. One kind of Trumpian […]

Decision by Collins does not put off war in the Maine GOP

Now that Sen. Susan Collins has announced she will not run for Maine governor, one thing is certain. And that’s that the Maine Republican Party still faces the choice between being the party of Susan Collins and Bill Cohen or the party of Paul LePage and Donald Trump. (Collins worked for Cohen as a legislative […]

Trump’s defensiveness and denial puts America at risk

President Donald Trump’s response to Hurricane Maria has been worse than President George W. Bush’s slow and poorly coordinated reaction to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Neither responded as quickly as they could have but Trump also displays troubling temperamental traits that have plagued his presidency. Rather than taking responsibility, Trump takes criticisms personally as he […]