Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

If I were Thomas Paine (which I sometimes think I am) I would say: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” If I were Charles Dickens (which I never think I am) I would say: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” And if...

What would FDR Do?

How much can a U.S. president committed to greater equality hope to accomplish when lawmakers devoted to helping the rich hold the upper hand? Advocacy for equality must take a backseat, Obama administration insiders insist, when fanatical friends of the fortunate in...
Playing Chicken in the Capitol

Playing Chicken in the Capitol

The problem with the game of chicken — two people racing toward each other, each daring the other to turn aside — is that the crazy one always wins. The one who doesn’t care about head-on collisions has a stunted imagination and can’t conceive...

Budgeting for the Great American Train Wreck

It’s Aug. 1, 2011. Does President Barack Obama know where House votes for that last-minute budget deal are? The pact he forged primarily with Republican leadership in Congress after months of wrangling is no compromise. The GOP got just about all the cuts it...