The Bully Party

The Bully Party

If our government were a card game, the American people would surely have realized by now that they’re playing with a marked deck.┬áThe Republicans are cheating. In the 2012 elections, Democratic candidates for House seats collectively won about five percent more...
Let’s Pay Our Bills

Let’s Pay Our Bills

Sometimes when I get a bill I don’t feel like paying it. But I do, because I’m a responsible adult. If I don’t pay my bills, I get in trouble. It’s true for a family and for a government. Republicans in Congress are creating another...
Let’s ‘Make Them’ End the Great Recession

Let’s ‘Make Them’ End the Great Recession

Did you breathe a sigh of relief when President Barack Obama signed the debt deal into law earlier this month? If not, you weren’t the only one. Raising the national debt ceiling may have forestalled an immediate U.S. default and credit collapse, but the deal...
High Noon in Washington

High Noon in Washington

Most Americans, riveted by reports about the manufactured crisis surrounding the debt ceiling, assumed that we “dodged the bullet” when Congress finally authorized the U.S. Treasury to pay its bills. The sad, tragic truth for our nation’s economy and...
How to Make the Super Congress Open and Accountable

How to Make the Super Congress Open and Accountable

As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. In Washington, great power should also require great transparency. The hurriedly passed Budget Control Act raised the nation’s debt ceiling and made some efforts to reduce the deficit. The law also...