budget cuts

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Deconstructing the Paul Ryan Sound Bite

Real policy wonks bore people. The phony wonk from Wisconsin now driving Congress seduces, with a patter that leaves our wealthy almost completely disappeared.

A Ghost from a Ghastly Public Policy Past

House budget-cutters are taking their inspiration from the greatest giveaway — to the rich — artist the nation’s capital has ever known.

Wisconsin Wake-Up: ‘Fight like an Egyptian’

Wisconsin’s capitol continues to reverberate with the sound and fury of workers and students united — against the ‘Mubarak of the Midwest’ and the wealthy he so diligently shields from any inconvenience.

Finding the Good in the ‘Good Old Days’

It’s federal budget time, and they’re talking 1950s on Capitol Hill. Well, sometimes we can move forward by turning the political clock back. But we have to know exactly where to stop.

Brutal Bookends: Our Middle’s Final Squeeze?

New governors in New York and California seem hell-bent on delivering a knockout blow to America’s most historic social contribution, the mass middle class.

A Painless Fix for America’s Budget Squeeze

An emergency 1 percent ‘wealth tax’ on the nation’s richest 1 percent could raise enough revenue to keep teachers on the job and libraries open. But our dysfunctional political system can’t even raise that possibility.

Must Congress Always Cave at Crunch Time?

With millions of Americans out of work and hurting, lawmakers who claim they worry about budget deficits spent last week forcing ‘compromises’ that will save hedge fund kingpins billions in taxes.

A Historic Breakthrough for U.S. Billionaires

In 2010 America, schools, students, and teachers share the pain. The heirs to our mega rich, meanwhile, don’t have to share anything. For the first time in nearly a century, we have no federal estate tax.

Budget Cuts in Perspective: A Tale of Two Ikes

Local government elected leaders are claiming we have no alternative to king-size budget cuts. But their numbers don’t add up.

Not Soak the Rich, Just a Little Sprinkle

President Obama’s new federal budget blueprint won’t end plutocracy in America. But this second Obama budget, if adopted, might actually inconvenience it.