On this week’s Moyers & Company (check local listings), Larry Cohen, president of the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America, joins Bill to make the case for common-sense filibuster reform that […]
California’s deficits are gone, and Republicans are furious.
I’ve never understood why so many people think the Social Security actuaries have always been innumerate morons, but perhaps that’s just a result of the decades of propaganda about government […]
Election night 2012 definitely felt like a victory for progressives. President Obama won re-election convincingly, with more than half the electorate casting ballots for the president, Democrats picked up two […]
Nate Silver has a much-discussed post today in The New York Times, “What Is Driving Growth in Government Spending?” Silver goes over the numbers and writes: To clarify: all of […]
Glenn Thrush has an interesting analysis of President Obama’s strategy on gun control and it’s one with which I agree. This truly does seem to be a different approach than […]
Harold Myerson, over at the Washington Post, points out a new report by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine contains some bad news about about the America’s […]
Last week, celebrated statistics guru Nate Silver laid a bugger on advocates for test-driven education, the current policy fad that enamors Republicans and Democrats alike who fancy themselves as “education […]
As our nation promotes representative democracy around the world, it is time to finally bring it to those who don't have it here in the United States -- the citizens of Washington, D.C.
The Senate is completely broken, with a minority obstructing everything.
F. Scott Fitzgerald warned, “There are no second acts in American lives.” And for recent American presidents, second acts have been brutal. The hope of the first act succumbs to […]
Here’s a thought experiment: What if a group of Social Security and Medicare recipients wanted to increase their benefits by, say, 1,000 percent, and proposed seizing rich people’s assets – […]
Over at The Plum Line, Greg Sargent has an important post about the way the debt ceiling fight could end without triggering a cash-crunch crisis for the federal government.
Today, President Obama signed a broad array of executive orders to curb gun violence, in what was the boldest Presidential action against gun violence since the Clinton administration. In a […]
Our country has so many urgent needs and two of them are the need for jobs for millions of unemployed people, and the need to upgrade our aging, crumbling infrastructure.
That deficit problem we keep hearing about is gone. When it comes to spending cuts, it’s time to follow the advice a general offered when we were mired in Vietnam: […]
Politico had an outstanding but truly bone-chilling story yesterday about how appealing the prospects of a default and a government shutdown may be to House Republicans.
Walmart has announced an initiative to buy more American-made goods and hire more than 100,000 veterans during the next five years. This is great. Will they pay the veterans a […]
The debt-ceiling law is a mistake. All lifting the debt ceiling does is authorize Congress to borrow the money that is needed to pay the bills that Congress has already […]
The President of the United States held a press conference with the DC elite press corps. They had the opportunity to ask the President what our government is doing about the nation's most serious problems. They didn't.
We were sitting in a Starbucks in Arlington, Va. It was our first meeting. Previously, Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and I had talked by phone and exchanged blog posts on […]
“Uncertainty” is the pitchfork that corporations now effectively wield to prod politicians into action. It’s a threat, as in, if Congress doesn’t do this or that, such as avoid the […]
Sunday I interviewed Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, a union with 1.
People were outraged that AIG’s board of directors considered suing its own rescuers last week. As a former AIG employee, I had a slightly different take on that story: The […]
Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argues that saving money is not the path to economic recovery.
By all accounts Aaron Swartz was brilliant, gifted, idealistic … and fragile. Too bad he wasn’t “too big to fail.” I never met Aaron, but I know a lot of […]
Krugman says that he gets phone calls: The White House insists that it is absolutely, positively not going to cave or indeed even negotiate over the debt ceiling — that […]
Sometimes when I get a bill I don’t feel like paying it.
A number of the DC elites are talking about changing the way Social Security checks are adjusted for inflation.
Can a democracy survive if the richest of the rich within it can pass on to their heirs, generation after generation, the vast bulk of their fortunes? In the United […]
A new press release says that forty more corporate CEOs, including JetBlue’s, have joined a covert lobbying group for Wall Street, billionaires and the defense industry called “Fix the Debt.” Fix the […]
Well, there they go again. Less than a week after its chief economist apologized for wrongly imposing austerity on European nations – hey, sorry about that, unemployed millions! – the […]
It’s that time again. The folks at the Heritage Foundation (Jim DeMint’s new perch) have published another “Index of Economic Freedom.” I first encountered the index in April of 2010, […]
DC frets about the budget deficit, which is money we owe mostly to each other, spent on things we do for each other to make our lives better. But the trade deficit is money that actually leaves our economy, making us poorer and less able to make our lives better.
It remains one of the strangest and saddest aspects of our current economic debates that nobody seems to care all that much about our still painfully high unemployment.
The annual “State of American Business” speech delivered today by Thomas J. Donohoe, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was largely predictable and not particularly noteworthy. But it did […]
There is a big push going on to get the Senate to "fix the filibuster" so the majority can rule, and the minority will stop obstructing literally everything.
A nation whose constitution begins with the words "We, the People" should not be governed through threats and intimidation and lies.
By now, you’ve heard all about the “platinum coin option”, in which the president averts the next debt limit “crisis” by issuing a trillion dollar platinum coin. It’s a solution […]