Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
national debt
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as a television screen displays coverage of U.S. Federal Reserve Chairmman Janet Yellen shortly after the announcement that the U.S. Federal Reserve had hiked interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade in New York, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Economists Dump On Trump’s Debt Plan

“That would be an outrageous thing to do,” Michael Strain, an economist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told the Washington Post. “It could introduce chaos.” The $13.7 trillion in publicly held U.S. debt constitutes one of the deepest and most important financial markets in the world, forming the bedrock of the global financial system.

May 7, 2016

The True Cost Of George W. Bush’s Magical Thinking

The mystery has always been why any Democrat would have wanted to follow the catastrophic presidency of George W. Bush. To understand why, it’s necessary to revisit ancient history, specifically 2001. Given today’s TV- and Internet-shortened time horizon, that’s almost like invoking the Napoleonic Wars, but bear with me. Thanks partly to his skill at […]

August 4, 2011

New Poll: Americans Support Higher Medicare Premiums For Richer Retirees

A new poll from ABC and the Washington Post reveals that voters support requiring rich retirees to pay higher Medicare premiums and Social Security taxes in order to reduce the national debt. The poll, conducted July 14–17, found that 61% of Americans believe wealthier retirees should pay higher Medicare premiums than less affluent Americans, and […]

July 20, 2011