The President's budget is less a blueprint for government than a statement of purpose from the administration. In this divided government, it is already “dead on arrival.” For all of its volumes and detail, it is at best a list of priorities. And there it is distinctively disappointing.
Dismal jobs production in March – only 88,000 net jobs created, not sufficient even to cover people coming into the workforce – is a wake-up call to Washington. The weak […]
The “rising American electorate” is the name given to the core of the Obama electoral majority of the young, single women, and minorities. Democratic pundits suggest that this coalition essentially […]
The International Federation of Health Plans has depicted our ridiculous health care system in 21 graphs. We don’t get more health care; we just pay more — much more. And […]
Washington has been fascinated by Republican self-laceration since the 2012 election. Karl Rove triggered a circular firing squad by vowing to take out unwashed challengers in GOP primaries. Louisiana Governor […]
As early as today, the members of the House of Representatives will choose. At a time of mass unemployment and slow growth, they will vote for more austerity or for […]
Budgets are pure EGO – eyes glaze over. But this week revealed two budgets – Rep. Paul Ryan’s Republican “Path to Prosperity” 2014 budget and the Congressional Progressive Caucus “Back […]
On Tuesday, March 12, the Senate Banking Committee will begin review of the nomination of Mary Jo White to be chair of the Securities and Exchange Committee. The Committee should […]
Today’s employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – an additional 236,000 jobs in February with unemployment edging down to 7.7 percent – reveals an economy that keeps chugging […]
For years, the Obama Administration has been pummeled for failing to bring criminal charges against a single major Wall Street bank or a single leading Wall Street banker for what […]
Today, Senator Tom Harkin and Representative George Miller offer a ray of light amid the austerity blight in Washington. They are announcing introduction of a bill – the Fair Minimum […]
Someone asked the Master about the principles of … traveling into the vast inane. – From the Bao Pu Zi, AD 320, Joseph Needham, Science and Civilization in China Welcome […]
The best way to reduce the deficit is to put people back to work. For proof, compare the U.S. and Spain. The U.S. has witnessed slow growth since coming […]
The “sequester” – mindless, across-the-board spending cuts designed purposefully to be abhorrent to both political parties – now seems likely to go into effect on March 1. If not reversed, […]
Congress is taking this week off on the first of their spring breaks. The legislators will return to find only four days left before the first of the Republican Congress’ […]
Politico today features a story by Jennifer Epstein detailing 10 proposals from Obama’s previous State of the Union addresses that were mostly frustrated. The report begins with an […]
The president has little choice but to focus on the central challenge now facing the country – and his emerging progressive coalition today.
To force unpopular and wrong-headed cuts in Social Security and Medicare, the Republican House caucus used their retreat to line up new rounds of fiscal hostage-taking.
Despite nearly three years of growth, we have over 20 million people in need of full-time work. Wages are declining. This economy is not working for working people. To recover […]