The Silence of the Austerians
January 05, 2014
Austerity advocates have been routed intellectually, but the political debate is still stacked in their favor. Here's how to influence it.
2013 Was the Year the Grand Bargain Died. Good Riddance.
December 19, 2013
The terrible, magical idea that a bunch of insiders can solve big problems by ignoring politics.
The Budget Deal Is a Win for Democrats
December 11, 2013
Republicans think that, in another shutdown, they can make the public focus on other Obama woes. They're wrong.
The Budget Deal Is a Decent One—Unless You're Unemployed
December 11, 2013
The agreement announced Tuesday, however modest, is a step in the right direction.
Senator Outraged that National Endowment for the Humanities Funds Study of Humanities
October 24, 2013
Usually, Republicans direct their bitter hatred for all things intellectual at individual people—like, for example, our “professorial” president.
Instead of a Grand Bargain, How About a Little Bargain?
October 21, 2013
New bipartisan negotiations over fiscal policy are underway, as a result of the deal that ended the government shutdown. But don’t expect these negotiations to produce a “grand bargain” in which Democrats and Republicans each make major concessions.
The Delusions of Leon Panetta, High-Flying Veteran of This Town
October 15, 2013
The bar has been set pretty high these past few years for clueless hypocrisy among Washington elders offering bipartisan bromides to break the fiscal gridlock. But Leon Panetta just cleared it with a standing jump.
The Senate Budget Deal Spares Obamacare—Except for These Two Changes
October 14, 2013
Senate leaders are near an agreement that would re-open the government and increase the debt ceiling.
This Is Why a Grand Bargain Is a Grand Pipe Dream
October 10, 2013
Last week, House Speaker John Boehner reportedly floated the idea that the government shutdown and debt-ceiling crisis could be resolved with a "grand bargain" that would reduce the long-term budget deficit. Whispers of such a deal continue, but
To Understand the Budget Debate, You Need to Understand the Sequester. Here's a Quick Primer.
September 29, 2013
Someday, these budget wars are going to end.