Sequestration: Our Military is Due for Downsizing

Sequestration: Our Military is Due for Downsizing

This strange animal called sequestration is certainly wreaking havoc with our customary ideological boundaries. If you’re an advocate, Iike I am, for revamped federal priorities that shift resources from a bloated Pentagon budget toward neglected domestic...
A Better State of the Union: Shift From Austerity to Jobs

A Better State of the Union: Shift From Austerity to Jobs

A letter from John Cavanagh, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies, and Joy Zarembka, Associate Director of the Institute for Policy Studies: We’re optimistic that President Obama will use his State of the Union address tonight to shift the national...

The Dropped Ball

Millions of Americans watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. The glitzy one in Times Square symbolized joy and hope for the New Year. Just a few hundred miles to the south, Congress dropped another ball — one that no doubt sent champagne glasses clinking...
Inequality-Fighting Lawmakers Win Big

Inequality-Fighting Lawmakers Win Big

Members of Congress who earned good marks in an Institute for Policy Studies “report card” on inequality fared well on Election Day. We awarded “A+” grades to the 12 House members who did the most to narrow America’s economic divide over...
The Nail-Biter that Wasn’t

The Nail-Biter that Wasn’t

It was the nail-biter that wasn’t…not even close.By just after 11,the GOP gave up the ghost. Turns out voters are smart —they knew just what to do.They knew who was for manyand who was for few. The tea party is over,the real work is at hand.And we...
A Plan for the Democratic Party

A Plan for the Democratic Party

Until the votes are cast and counted, no one, no matter how smart or well-connected, can predict with certainty the outcome of the 2012 elections. And yet, Democrats and some Republicans are already forecasting that President Barack Obama will win re-election, and...
The Inequality Report Card Action Map

The Inequality Report Card Action Map

I’ve long thought that it would be handy to have a tool that makes it easy to contact our members of Congress though social media networks, rather than email or phone calls. We’ve seen the Stop Beck Twitter campaign successfully make advertising on Glenn...
A Congressional Report Card for the 99 Percent

A Congressional Report Card for the 99 Percent

Lots of Americans today are watching how members of Congress go about their business. Environmentalists and electrical workers alike keep track of key congressional votes. So do retailers and farmers. Even poker players are following how members of Congress rate on...
Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality

Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality

Members of Congress have the capacity to make sure that all Americans, not just a privileged few, share in the wealth that we all together create. This first IPS “inequality report card” evaluates current members on how well they are exercising this power. The report...
Armed with Irony

Armed with Irony

If irony is a crucial ingredient for comedy, the House of Representatives can be a laugh riot. Lately, there’s been some serious silliness about sequestration and Pentagon spending. In September, the House took up a bill to fund the government for another six...
Joe Walsh’s Greatest Hits

Joe Walsh’s Greatest Hits

When you hear the name Joe Walsh, you may think of the Eagles guitarist. But Joe Walsh is also the name of a tea-partying Republican lawmaker from Illinois. That Joe Walsh has released several of his own hits — really, really offensive hits. Most recently, the...
How to Safely Scale Down the Fiscal Cliff

How to Safely Scale Down the Fiscal Cliff

Pundits pounced earlier this year when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned that the country will face a “massive fiscal cliff” at the beginning of 2013. It seemed we had to extend the Bush tax cuts — or else. Lost in these arguments is what...
Fix the Minimum Wage

Fix the Minimum Wage

In most states, working full-time in a minimum-wage job pays $7.25 per hour. That’s just $15,000 a year for full-time work. It’s not enough to live on. In fact, a breadwinner for a family of four earning the minimum wage would be a full $7,000 below the...