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Monday, March 27, 2017
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Trumpcare

Why The Defeat of Trumpcare Is So Damn Important

Republicans never thought to pretend that Trumpcare would be “terrific” and fix the things voters don’t like about the Affordable Care Act — high deductibles, unchecked premiums and the insurance mandate — because they knew any replacement they offered would have higher deductibles and less help from the government to pay premiums

March 27, 2017
Danziger on Trump's cat food budget

Danziger: Let Them Eat Cat Food

Cutting Meals On Wheels in Trump’s “hard-power” budget is a good joke on the old white people who mostly voted for him — and as Danziger notes, that same budget will deliver a fat, juicy tax cut for the president and his billionaire cronies.

March 21, 2017
Mnuchin billionaires

An Open Letter Of Thanks To Trump Voters From The Billionaires

We billionaires just wanted to say a quick thanks for voting for Donald Trump without paying nearly any attention to what his actual policies would be. It’s the least we can do, given that you’ve already done so much for us.

Whether we enjoy restoring natural coal-flavoring to river water or seeing the cabinet stocked with our fellow billionaires and buddies from Goldman Sachs, it’s the little things — like being allowed to destroy the climate so we can be a tiny bit richer — that we appreciate so very much.

March 13, 2017
GOP tax scam

The Perennial GOP Tax Scam

Here is the GOP scam in a nutshell: Tax cuts for truly wealthy people increase their income and wealth; tax cuts for working people actually decrease their income and wealth over time. Get ready for voters who have no idea how this all works to get totally behind the GOP “we’ll cut your taxes” rhetoric, not realizing that Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Donald Trump/Mike Pence view us all as merely useful idiots.

February 23, 2017
Trump is ripping us off

We Need A Simple Way To Remind Everyone That Trump Is Ripping Us Off

We should take a lesson from Trump’s GOP, which won bigly by appealing directly to its base with full-throated partisan rhetoric. America needs an uprising from the left that is large enough to wipe away the damage conservative selfishness has done to our nation and planet. And it can’t start soon enough.

February 20, 2017
Tom Price, Obamacare

It’s Time To Grab The GOP By Tom Price’s Seat

If the outrage in the streets and town halls is matched by a stunning electoral defeat in Tom Price’s Georgia district, it could put the fear of getting gnawed at the polls in the mind of the Republicans who represent swing states.

February 13, 2017
Billionaire class

It’s Time To Take America’s Billionaire Class Head On

Private splendor and public squalor has never been more evident. While the recent election gave federal power to those who would widen the gap, state and local governments, the governments closest to the people, are where increasing needs, the perilous state of public services, and the growing disparity between the super-wealthy and the rest of us may offer fertile ground for progressive strategies that largely benefit those who voted for Trump.

February 3, 2017
LePage, Austerity

Brutal Austerity Is Coming To A Statehouse Near You

The incoming Trump administration understandably frightens liberals, but right-wing successes at a state level would have moved forward regardless of who won the election. What’s more, bipartisan support for policies of austerity and neoliberalism have led to vast social spending cuts across the country regardless of political affiliation.

January 20, 2017
GOP Speaker Ryan plans to repeal health care for 20 million

Why The GOP Expects To Get Away With Uninsuring Millions (And How To Stop Them)

Obamacare is a modern miracle that has expanded coverage to record levels, cut the federal deficit and expanded the life of Medicare, while adding benefits and protections for every insured American. Yet the GOP has managed to make it an entirely polarized issue, with voters who rely on the law voting against Democrats out of spite.

January 8, 2017
Paul Ryan, ACA, Obamacare

How Paul Ryan Plans To Teach Scrooge A Lesson

Ebenezer Scrooge may be Charles Dickens’ personification of everything that is wrong with unfettered greed. But to Paul Ryan, Scrooge — with his estimated net worth of $1.6 billion — is a proud example of those job creators that he calls “small businessmen.”

December 19, 2016
Trump political 9/11

A Political 9/11 Changes Our World

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans’ sense of safety and continuity. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord.

November 10, 2016
GOP platform Paul Ryan

50 Extreme Right-Wing Proposals From The 2016 GOP Platform

Before Trump turned the Republican nominating contest into a battle of boasts and bullying, right-wing extremists had dominated the party. Their platform, not surprisingly, goes even further to the right than what’s even been heard from Trump.

November 8, 2016

3 Things To Tell Anyone Thinking About Voting For Donald Trump

Trump needs to defend his ego from every slight and sees criticism as a threat to his identity. But it’s his personal cruelty that should most terrify voters.

October 3, 2016

Scott Walker: Uncle Scrooge’s Lackey In Wisconsin

Scott Walker continues to pass laws vanquishing unions in Wisconsin, and Democrats underestimate him at their own peril.

June 17, 2015
Chris Christe, New Jersey, Republican, Fundraiser, Primary, Fiscal, Budget, Tax Cuts, Pension Cuts, Governor

Christie Casts Generous Light On Fiscal Record

Out of sight, out of mind. While on his best-of tour, Chris Christie touts fiscal accomplishments with gusto at a fundraiser in New Hampshire.

March 19, 2015

5 Colossal Mistakes That Republicans Want To Make Again

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president.

March 9, 2015

Trickle-Down Theory Makes Less Sense Than Ever Before

Republican governors aren’t letting economic reality get in the way of their tax-cutting plans.

February 19, 2015

In Both Red And Blue States, Talk Of Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Both Democrats and Republicans are looking at new tax cuts in 2015.

February 18, 2015
Trump tax return

A Tax Cut For Tax Cheats

Real fiscal conservatives would stop attacking the IRS.

February 4, 2015
Americans for Prosperity, Duke Energy, GM, Koch brothers, Pat McCrory, Toyota

Americans For Prosperity Legislative Agenda Is Koch Industries Wishlist

Surprise! The “grassroots” Tea Party group wants the exact same policies as the Koch brothers do.

January 19, 2015
Secretary Arne Duncan meets with Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) at the Capitol Building in Topeka, Kan., Sept. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)Secretary Arne Duncan meets with Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) at the Capitol Building in Topeka, Kan., Sept. 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In Some States, Tax Cut Promises Collide With Budget Realities

Many Republican governors may have to think twice about plans to slash taxes.

January 19, 2015

Despite Huge Victories, Republicans Face Some Obstacles

Even in the reddest states, GOP governors could struggle to enact far-right reforms.

January 12, 2015

Behold, The Magic Kingdom Of Dynamic Scoring

In control of Congress, Republicans are preparing a departure from reality.

December 25, 2014

Will The GOP Turn The CBO Into A Fantasy League?

Republican plans to cook the books bode poorly for future policy discussions.

December 23, 2014

GOP Congressional Majority Likely To Change Way It Crunches Numbers

GOP-backed tax cuts look too expensive — so Congress is declaring war on math.

December 1, 2014