Anti-American Budget Cuts

Anti-American Budget Cuts

Families across the country recently celebrated the Fourth of July like they always do: with annual beach trips, barbecues, baseball games, and fireworks. But one of my favorite local traditions was canceled, courtesy of Congress. Every year on the Fourth, without...
Hey Congress: Sequester Apartheid!

Hey Congress: Sequester Apartheid!

It has been roughly a month since the first $85 billion of Congress’ across-the-board “sequestration” cuts started to impact the daily lives of Americans. Parents are dealing with Head Start programs shutting down; patients are worrying about their...
Sequestering American Exceptionalism

Sequestering American Exceptionalism

The Obama administration and Republican leaders appear to have reached agreement on at least one issue: preventing sequestration cuts to military spending. “If sequester happens,” said then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on February 3, “it’s...
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...
AlterNet: Five Job-Destroying CEOs Trying to “Fix” the Debt

AlterNet: Five Job-Destroying CEOs Trying to “Fix” the Debt

In poll after poll, the American people say they are far more concerned about the jobs crisis than the “debt crisis.” A powerful coalition of CEOs says they have an answer for both problems. Give us more tax breaks, they say, and we’ll use the money...
Steering Clear of the Iceberg Ahead

Steering Clear of the Iceberg Ahead

“Doomsday!” “Taxmageddon!” “Catastrophe!” Next year will begin with both a bang and a whimper unless Congress can escape its apparently hopeless deadlock. Unless our lawmakers get their act together, there will be the equivalent of...