December 13, 2017

Trump and His Supporters Make the Bubble Economy Great Again

"Well, you know, the participation rate is going to go down over time because all these boomers are retiring,”… [more]

Trump and His Supporters Make the Bubble Economy Great Again Trump and His Supporters Make the Bubble Economy Great Again

You Deserve a Tax Break and Your Boss Does Too

Republicans during the Reagan and Bush administrations had a pretty straightforward fiscal policy: increase federal… [more]

You Deserve a Tax Break and Your Boss Does Too You Deserve a Tax Break and Your Boss Does Too

Why Are We Thanking the Troops for Disastrous Wars Like Iraq?

Another Veteran’s Day has come and gone, with the usual high fives all around for anyone who has ever… [more]

Why Are We Thanking the Troops for Disastrous Wars Like Iraq? Why Are We Thanking the Troops for Disastrous Wars Like Iraq?

Response to Elie Mystal’s ‘Libertarian Hero Meets The Justice Of The Streets (Err.. Suburbs)’

I read Elie Mystal's article on Rand Paul’s assault, which suggests such violent encounters are the… [more]

Response to Elie Mystal’s ‘Libertarian Hero Meets The Justice Of The Streets (Err.. Suburbs)’ Response to Elie Mystal's 'Libertarian Hero Meets The Justice Of The Streets (Err.. Suburbs)'

An Extended Tax Reform Debate Will Subject Us to the Usual Absurdities

John McCain’s confirmation he’d vote against the House tax reform bill as currently proposed means… [more]

An Extended Tax Reform Debate Will Subject Us to the Usual Absurdities An Extended Tax Reform Debate Will Subject Us to the Usual Absurdities

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Trump and His Supporters Make the Bubble Economy Great Again

“Well, you know, the participation rate is going to go down over time because all these boomers are retiring,” said Jon Hilsenrath on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria” Friday. Hilsenrath, a frequent guest, was referring to the labor participation rate, which measures the overall percentage of workers who are presently employed. It differs from the unemployment […]

You Deserve a Tax Break and Your Boss Does Too

Republicans during the Reagan and Bush administrations had a pretty straightforward fiscal policy: increase federal spending dramatically and cut marginal income tax rates modestly, predicting the resulting economic growth would eventually balance the budget. Both administrations increased spending roughly 80-100 percent, depending upon where you draw the start and end lines, given the government’s fiscal year running […]

Why Are We Thanking the Troops for Disastrous Wars Like Iraq?

Another Veteran’s Day has come and gone, with the usual high fives all around for anyone who has ever donned a U.S. military uniform. The holiday falling on a Friday this year meant the pro-military sentiments generally lasted throughout the weekend at sporting events and other public gatherings. As always, the ubiquitous mantra from every […]

Response to Elie Mystal’s ‘Libertarian Hero Meets The Justice Of The Streets (Err.. Suburbs)’

I read Elie Mystal’s article on Rand Paul’s assault, which suggests such violent encounters are the inevitable result of libertarianism in practice. He makes two errors. First, he contends Rand Paul ignores the rules of his HOA based on his libertarian philosophy. Second, he contends basing a legal framework on the libertarian non-aggression principle (NAP) is unworkable. […]

An Extended Tax Reform Debate Will Subject Us to the Usual Absurdities

John McCain’s confirmation he’d vote against the House tax reform bill as currently proposed means Republicans won’t be able to lower taxes – for some people – nearly as quickly as most of them want to. In all, three Republican senators have indicated their unwillingness to vote for the plan, meaning Republicans would need Democratic votes to get it […]

Newsweek: Trump’s Tax Reform is Aimed at Punishing Democratic Voters

On October 19, Republicans passed the first $4 trillion federal budget in U.S. history, a version of which narrowly passed the House on Thursday. At $4.1 trillion, the budget represents an approximately 5 percent increase in spending over the last fiscal year of the Obama administration and sets the stage for President Trump to do what every GOP president […]

Big-Spending Republicans Seek Tax Hikes on Blue States

Ten days ago, Republicans passed the first $4 trillion federal budget in U.S. history, a version of which narrowly passed the House on Thursday. At $4.1 trillion, the budget represents an approximately 5% increase in spending over the last fiscal year of the Obama administration and sets the stage for President Trump to do what every GOP president has […]

The Brilliance of the Original Frankenstein Films

Ever since I was a kid in the pre-internet, pre-cable 1970s, I’ve loved the classic horror films of the 1930s and 40s. Black and white alone seemed to lend a mysterious, nightmare quality missing from later technicolor slash-ups flowing with redder-than-life blood. But it was more than just black and white. The old classics were […]

Newsweek: As Congress and Trump Grind to a Halt, the Government Rumbles On

Donald Trump in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.MARIO TAMA/GETTY President Trump spent the weekend embroiled in yet another Twitter skirmish, this time with retiring Republican Senator Bob Corker. Trump may even have suffered a rare defeat on his own turf, based on Corker’s hilarious rejoinder about someone missing […]

Move Over Obama, Trump Has a Pen, a Phone… and a Tweet

President Trump spent the weekend embroiled in yet another Twitter skirmish, this time with retiring Republican Senator Bob Corker. Trump may even have suffered a rare defeat on his own turf, based on Corker’s hilarious rejoinder about someone missing their daycare shift at the White House. If Trump has a soul, even he laughed at that one. […]

Spanish PM Pulls a Lincoln on Catalan Secession

In the wake of Catalonia’s referendum on independence, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy continued to argue, as he had in the weeks leading up to the vote, that any attempt by Catalans to become an independent state violates “the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation, the common and indivisible homeland of all Spaniards.” Americans watching […]