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Monday, January 23, 2017
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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's "better way" would delight Ebenezer Scrooge

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
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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
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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

A Tax Cut For Tax Cheats

Real fiscal conservatives would stop attacking the IRS.

February 4, 2015
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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
Chris Christie Bridgegate

GOP Governors Have A Problem: The Ways They Govern

Republican governors facing reelection have a big problem — their right-wing policies have proved ruinous.

October 1, 2014

How Not To Get Your Country Back

The Tea Party mantra, “I want my country back,” resonates with many. The racial undertones can be ugly (as well as pointless). But the longing for an economically secure America centered on a strong middle class is on point and widely shared. Older and mostly white members of the far right tend to see themselves […]

September 16, 2014

If GOP Is So Right, Why Are Red States So Far Behind Blue States?

Headstrong, but wrong. Red states have seen the most growth under Democratic presidencies.

September 3, 2014

Brownback ‘Experiment’ Blows Up Laboratory Of Democracy

When Louis Brandeis wrote in 1932 that a “single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country,” he was suggesting that state innovations might advance reform on the federal level. The progressive Supreme Court justice surely wasn’t imagining […]

July 25, 2014

Study: Ryan’s Budget Would Cut Taxes On The Rich By At Least $200,000

To the surprise of no one, a new study by Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) shows that the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will overwhelmingly benefit the United States’ top earners. CTJ is the same research institution that correctly reported just how generous Mitt Romney’s and Ryan’s tax plans would be to the […]

April 3, 2014

States Pursue Tax Cuts As Recovery Takes Hold

By Elaine S. Povich, Stateline.org WASHINGTON — Maybe New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should borrow a pair of crutches. They might have helped Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s cause. Dayton, a Democrat, hobbled into the state Capitol five weeks after major hip surgery and blasted lawmakers for holding up the tax cuts he wanted. After quarrelling […]

March 30, 2014

Obama’s Budget Would Shift Tax Benefits From Wealthy To Poor

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will propose a series of changes to the tax code in a budget plan Tuesday that would shift benefits from top earners to middle- and lower-income Americans, the White House said. In his 2015 budget plan, Obama will propose expanding or making permanent tax […]

March 4, 2014