Congressional Coddling of the Rich

Congressional Coddling of the Rich

Question: How much did Congress save taxpayers last year when it cut food stamp benefits for 16 million poor children? Answer: Less than the windfall Congress is trying to bestow on a few of the richest American families by ending the federal estate tax. The House has...
When Bibi Came to Town

When Bibi Came to Town

This commentary is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and OtherWords. When Benjamin Netanyahu looked out over the joint session of Congress that had assembled to hear him speak on March 3, the Israeli prime minister almost caught a glimpse of something...
The Political Calculations behind Growing Inequality

The Political Calculations behind Growing Inequality

Fifty years ago, average Americans lived in a society where less than $10 of every $100 in personal income went to the nation’s richest 1 percent. Our top 1 percent are now grabbing just under 20 percent of America’s income, double the 1963 level. How did...
Wisconsin’s Alien Seed

Wisconsin’s Alien Seed

“Scott Walker Wins Wisconsin,” screamed headlines across the country after the labor-bashing incumbent governor hung onto his job in the June 5 recall election. Well, yes…but no. Walker will get to stay in office for the rest of his term, but he...
Attack of the Billionaires

Attack of the Billionaires

It was a total lockdown. As jet after jet swept in surreptitiously with top brass and political decision-makers on board, every entrance to the site of the super-secret Coachella Valley planning summit was secured and patrolled by armed guards and helicopters. This...