The Best Education Our Money Can Buy

The Best Education Our Money Can Buy

Most of us know folks who owe everything they have in life to education. That explains, I suspect, why we nod in agreement whenever we hear somebody describe education as the ultimate antidote to inequality. Education certainly can serve as a brake on our widening...
America’s Huge Racial Wealth Gap Is No Accident

America’s Huge Racial Wealth Gap Is No Accident

Party platforms are dense and often morosely boring documents filled with wonkish policy proposals and partisan jeers at the other side. At over 40 pages, this year’s Democratic Party platform lives up to its predecessors in length and ennui. However, it also includes...

A Green and Dirty Gift

As lawmakers scurried to keep the government open and head home for the holidays, they wrapped spending and tax deals into a costly measure that highlighted our nation’s mismatched energy policies. Specifically, this monster bill extended and restored tax incentives...
Blowing Past Political Turbulence

Blowing Past Political Turbulence

The gaggle of workers in Montana’s Carbon County hacking at the barely thawed ground in late December were on a mission: Secure Mud Springs Wind Ranch’s eligibility for a green-energy incentive. Why were they racing to catch a tax credit in that sparsely inhabited...
Costly Labor Scam

Costly Labor Scam

I’ve got jobs To plunk on down; Pay me bucks To pick your town. These days, companies often prefer to build factories in states where union protections are weak. This enables them to increase company profits at the expense of the middle class. Otherwise, they do...