Uncle Sam Wants… Your Social Security Check

Uncle Sam Wants… Your Social Security Check

Uncle Sam wants you! Not the Uncle Sam who’s the symbolic caricature of our country, but Sam Johnson. Although he’s been a member of Congress for more than a quarter of a century, you’ve probably never heard of him. Johnson’s been what’s known in...
Bipartisan Unity in a Deep Red State

Bipartisan Unity in a Deep Red State

A couple years ago, two South Dakota men on opposite ends of the political spectrum got into a nasty fight over marriage equality. But after one offered the other an olive branch, they wound up forming a bipartisan alliance that won big this election year. Their story...
Our Poverty Myth

Our Poverty Myth

If you’re poor, many Americans think, it’s your own fault. It’s a sign of your own moral failing. I don’t personally believe that, but the idea has roots in our culture going back centuries. In The Wealth of Nations, the foundational work of...
Operation Paul Ryan

Operation Paul Ryan

Exciting news, people: The Republican Party establishment has a secret plan to stop blue-collar voters from supporting Donald Trump. The plan is code-named “Operation Paul Ryan.” Good grief. The GOP’s old-line clique of congressional bulls, corporate...
Missing in Action: Political Reality and Leadership

Missing in Action: Political Reality and Leadership

Every federal budget is a dream sheet. They’re all unrealistic. It goes something like this: The president lays out a slate of new programs, revenue raisers, and strategic cuts. Then Republican leaders pull out their X-Acto knives, highlighting cuts to programs...