Infrastructure: Getting From Here to There and Back

public transit

The age of driverless cars and trucks is rapidly approaching. Literally millions of Americans make their livings driving vehicles–trucks, Ubers, taxis, school buses…the list is long, and the consequences of those massive job losses will be severe and unprecedented. I have no policy prescriptions to offer that might mitigate that job loss disaster. But I do have a response to […]

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The GOP Budget: This Isn’t Who We Are – Is It?

The GOP Budget: This Isn’t Who We Are – Is It?

I don’t want to sound melodramatic, but America is in the midst of an identity crisis, and the identity that emerges will shape the future our children and grandchildren inhabit. Are we the people who inscribed “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” on the Statue of Liberty? Or are we self-absorbed climbers seeking […]

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Those Pesky Facts: The Reality of Safety Net Budget Cuts

Safety Net Budget Cuts

One of my earliest research projects when I entered academia focused on an element of the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996,”  (PRWORA) aka welfare reform. I looked at the consequences of the measure’s invitation to (undefined) Faith-Based Organizations to help government agencies provide welfare services. Needless to say, the “armies of compassion” envisioned by George W. […]

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Facts & Fiction: That “Terrible” Corporate Tax Burden

individual and corporate taxes

One of the reasons I became a faithful reader of Ed Brayton’s Dispatches from the Culture Wars is that he disdains the euphemisms that “polite” commentators use to convey their criticisms, and simply tells it like it is. A good example is a recent post about the “confusion”–or deliberate obfuscation–surrounding discussions of corporate tax rates. As he began, Republicans love to claim […]

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“Alternative” Realities: Making Evidence & Facts Great Again

Making Evidence & Facts Great Again

Bizarre as he is, Donald Trump does embody the GOP’s longstanding effort to substitute fantasy for evidence, and to act on the basis of the former.   Forbes Magazine recently reported that Republican lawmakers have buried a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, because the findings debunked their preferred  (fanciful) economic worldview. The research study found absolutely no correlation between […]

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“Yachting Randy” & the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“Yachting Randy” & the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Each time Trump announces a new nominee for a position in his administration, the same question arises: where does he get these people? (The ones who aren’t family members, that is. Family may be equally unfit, but we do know where he gets them.) Really, who knew there was a vast pool of corrupt, unqualified, mean-spirited people willing and eager to work […]

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Public Versus Private: the Privatizer-in-Chief

Public versus private - Despite mounting evidence, conservatives continue pushing for the privatization of America

Between tweets, Donald Trump is a big proponent of privatization, and those he has named to cabinet positions share his passion for turning government over to the private (for-profit) sector. A couple of examples: Betsy DeVos wants to privatize public schools; Jeff Sessions is a fan of private prisons. (Neither of these ideologues is likely to let mounting evidence of […]

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Trump Attacks Nordstrom Over Decision to Discontinue Ivanka Line

Trump Attacks Nordstrom Over Decision to Discontinue Ivanka Line

Lashing out on Twitter this morning, Donald Trump attacked retail giant Nordstrom for their decision to drop Ivanka Trump’s line from their stores. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” he said. Though Nordstrom is on the #GrabYourWallet boycott list, they made an announcement to […]

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Your Congress at Work: Gutting Financial Reform & Environmental Protections

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The Congressional GOP is running the show in Washington, and clearly feeling its oats.  They aren’t even embarrassed about moving quickly to pollute the environment and remove rules intended to protect Americans from a variety of threats, physical and financial. As Vox reports, With everything that Republicans want to do — repeal Obamacare, overhaul the tax code — it might […]

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Rise of the SWASP: Suffering in Trump’s ‘Great’ America

Rise of the Trump SWASP

A friend recently sent me the following “joke:” The Republican Congress is preparing to pass a resolution adding an “S” to WASP.  The S will stand for STRAIGHT, and “White Anglo-Saxon Protestant will henceforth be “Straight White Anglo-Saxon Protestant.” The Democrats in Congress will respond by creating  a new acronym of their own. MAGPIE will stand for “Minority Americans, Gays, […]

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