Dodging the Fiscal Swindle

Dodging the Fiscal Swindle

Talk of the so-called “fiscal cliff” has grown from a murmur to a roar this holiday season. But that doesn’t make this cliff any less imaginary than Santa Claus. The White House and Republican lawmakers are furiously negotiating a “grand...
Shortchanging Our Future

Shortchanging Our Future

More than 5 million young people are looking for work. College is increasingly unaffordable, while youth jobs are few and far between. For years lawmakers have been cutting programs that help young Americans find a productive path. And as if that weren’t enough,...
This Week in OtherWords: November 21, 2012

This Week in OtherWords: November 21, 2012

This week, OtherWords is running two “fiscal cliff” commentaries. Guest columnist Mattea Kramer makes the case for deep, yet targeted military spending cuts while Marian Wright Edelman calls for restraint when it comes to scaling back programs that serve...
The Real Problem with Military Spending

The Real Problem with Military Spending

The federal budget cuts scheduled to start January 2 unless Congress gets its act together would reduce funding for everything from nuclear warheads to food safety. But even if you feel strongly that federal spending is out of control, there are plenty of reasons to...
The Trojan Horse in the Debt Debate

The Trojan Horse in the Debt Debate

It’s budget showdown time in Washington. With various tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in at the end of the year, the pressure is on for Republicans and Democrats to make a deal. A major player in this hot debate is a new corporate coalition called...
Without Unity, We’ll Tumble Over the Fiscal Cliff

Without Unity, We’ll Tumble Over the Fiscal Cliff

Debt! Deficit! Fiscal cliff! How to make sense of it all? For two years now, there’s been increasing talk and more than a little fear-mongering about the runaway growth of our federal budget deficit. Now something called the “fiscal cliff” is making...
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...
A Glimmer of Military Budget Sanity

A Glimmer of Military Budget Sanity

Here’s a milestone of sorts. In July, for the first time since 1998, the House of Representatives voted to maintain the current military budget rather than increase Pentagon spending. It’s the first step toward bringing the budget down. Within the bill,...