federal budget

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One ‘Entitlement’ Really Does Need Trimming

America’s corporate CEOs feel entitled to pensions that pay out $86,000 monthly. To protect their entitlement, they’re attacking ours: Social Security.

A Billionaire Obsesses, Our Politics Regresses

How much can a billion dollars buy? The nearly undivided attention of America’s entire chattering class. Case in point: our ongoing national fixation on debt and deficit.

Doing Debt Ceiling Battle the FDR Way

At times of national fiscal crisis, President Franklin Roosevelt ever so firmly believed, you don’t give the awesomely affluent a free pass. You pound them — and then you pound them some more.

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.

A Tax-the-Rich Lesson Finally Goes Public

The National Archives has released a once-secret report that helps us understand how incredibly much we today coddle the wealthiest among us.

A Do-It-Yourself Kit for Probing Plutocracy

The rich, many Americans have come to believe, rule. But how? The current hubbub over the federal budget deficit opens a welcome window to understanding just how our rich keep riding so high.

The Budget ‘Waste’ Deficit Hawks Never Seem to See

Localities the nation over can’t afford to fill potholes or keep libraries open. Yet top corporate execs are continuing to stuff their pockets with our tax dollars. Here’s how we can start the unstuffing.

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.

Finally, a Federal Budget that Targets Our Great Divide

For the first time since America’s rich started getting phenomenally richer, a White House budget is linking the concentration of wealth at the top of America’s economic ladder to pain at the middle.