(3 comments) Thursday, April 11, 2019 Medicare For All: Accept No Substitutes
It's misleading to argue that Medicare for All would "eliminate" the current Medicare system. It would keep and enhance its positive features, while eliminating the out-of-pocket costs and administrative challenges that bedevil so many of its current recipients. Worse, the word "eliminate" is likely to sow unfounded panic among fearful elders.
(1 comments) Friday, August 3, 2018 Pandering to Deficit Hawks Is a Losing Strategy
Calls for Democratic unity are premature. Democrats are debating important ideas, including the importance of deficit reduction and the "pay as you go" principle. If the left loses that debate, the party is likely to lose later -- either this year, or in years to come. It shouldn't be silenced.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 An Economy in the Fast Lane -- With No Brakes
Trump has been bragging about the economy a lot lately. He says the United States is now the "economic envy" of the world. Unfortunately, Trump is once again trying to reshape reality to fit his own delusions. Reality is refusing to cooperate. Is the world likely to "envy" the tens of millions of Americans living in poverty, including the estimated 5.3 million Americans living in deep poverty?
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Was Goldman's CEO "Inspiring" or Good for the Economy? Nope, and Nope
There was the financial crisis, which was primarily the product of Wall Street firms. The recovery from that crisis has been lopsided, with only upper-income households seeing an increase in their median wealth. Middle- and lower-income families are worse off, and the wealth gap between upper-income families and everyone else is now rarely recorded.
Sunday, July 22, 2018 Geithner's Grift, Paydays and Democratic Drift
A recent poll showed that most Democrats want this year's Congressional candidates to be "more like Bernie Sanders." Unfortunately, too many Democratic operatives would still rather be like Tim Geithner, even if their party -- and the country -- pays for it in the end.
Saturday, June 30, 2018 How to Cover a Revolution
A way to describe Our Revolution's record is that it won nearly half its races, even though it often faced well-established political machines with greater financial and institutional resources. That winning streak has just been extended. Ocasio-Cortez, who was endorsed by both DSA and Our Revolution, defeated the fourth most powerful Democrat in the House, despite being outspent 10 to one.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 For Immigrant Children, Empathy Is Not Enough
it's time to look into ourselves, so we can change the policies that displaced these children and their families in the first place. That means ending our love affairs with dictators, abolishing ICE, and providing economic restitution to the countries -- and to the people -- we have hurt. It also means criticizing leaders from either political party when they support repressive regimes.
(1 comments) Monday, June 11, 2018 "Establishment Wins" Are Bad for Democrats -- and the Country
The Democratic party base seems to be energized by hatred of Trump and his Republicans this year, just as it was energized by hatred of Bush and his Republicans in 2008. That could be enough to give Democrats the House, or even the Senate, even with bland establishment Democrats on the ballot.
(1 comments) Sunday, June 10, 2018 For Captured Regulators, Repealing the Volcker Rule is Child's Play
The next recession may not be an ordinary one. While employment has recovered, wage growth has remained weak. A new study shows that almost half of all Americans are unable to pay for their basic necessities. Half of those polled in another study say they would be unable to come up with $400 for a financial emergency.
(1 comments) Wednesday, May 30, 2018 How Trump and the GOP's SCOTUS Screw Workers
The Supreme Court's conservatives are now an openly partisan cadre. They're political operatives, not jurists. They're part of a vast and well-funded Republican machine that seeks to screw American workers so it can further enrich its wealthy patrons.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Real Corruption: Mick "Pay and We'll Talk" Mulvaney
Private planes, $31,000 dining room sets, and other lavish expenditures at public expense are the petty rewards of narcissists. The corruption that matters most is the kind that hurts millions of Americans to enrich the tiny class of billionaires that is this regime's true constituency. When it comes to this kind of deep corruption, Mick Mulvaney is a master of the art.
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Real Corruption: The Scott Pruitt Story
The real reason Scott Pruitt should be removed from office is because he is causing lasting harm to current and future generations. Scott Pruitt abuses the public trust by using his position to serve the Koch brothers and other fossil-fuel magnates, and he is killing us and our kids in the bargain.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 Primary Day: Lessons for Democrats
In November, the Democrats' fate depends largely on turnout. Dems have a good chance of retaking the House of Representatives this fall, but that's by no means certain, and the Senate is more of a stretch. With Democratic support reportedly falling among millennials and turnout a lingering problem for voters of color, complacency may be the party's biggest threat.
(15 comments) Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Pyrrhic Party: The Democratic Establishment's War on Progressives
A truly clear-eyed assessment of the Democratic Party's recent record would show that, under its current leaders, the party lost both houses of Congress and roughly 1,000 seats in state legislatures during the Obama years. The fact that the electoral tide seems to have shifted this year says little about their leadership. The shift is largely due to the party base's understandable horror at Trump's leadership.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Democrats Who Vote For Pompeo Will Disgrace Themselves and Their Party
If Mike Pompeo becomes Secretary of State, the global face of the United States will be that of a man who fears and despises 1.8 billion Muslims. That's not just wrong. It's also placing our foreign policy in the hands of someone who has expressed hostility toward nearly one out of every four people on the planet. As Secretary of State, Pompeo will be a voice for hate and repression rather than justice and equality.
(1 comments) Friday, April 20, 2018 We Need a Housing Revolution Now
To end this national disgrace, we need to come up with big and bold housing initiatives -- and we need to make them a fundamental part of the progressive agenda. They should start from a simple, clear declaration: Housing is a human right.
(2 comments) Monday, April 16, 2018 Seven Questions About the Syria Airstrikes That Aren't Being Asked
The drumbeat of political pressure has forced Trump's hand. He has now directed missiles against Syria, twice. Both attacks carried the risk of military confrontation with the world's other nuclear superpower. Whatever his personal involvement with the Russian government turns out to have been, it is in nobody's best interests to heighten tensions between two nuclear superpowers.
(1 comments) Wednesday, April 11, 2018 As the World Watches Syria, Don't Forget About Yemen
liberal interventionism has always been packaged in American politics: with the notion that our highest ideals are best expressed, not through diplomacy, but through the projection of military force outside our borders. In this telling, history has ended. We are the indispensable nation. We alone must balance the war-torn world on our khaki-clad shoulders.