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The sequester and the Tea Party Plot

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | March 1, 2013

Imagine a plot to undermine the government of the United States, to destroy much of its capacity to do the public’s business, and to sow distrust among the population. Imagine further that the plotters infiltrate Congress and state governments, reshape their districts to give them disproportionate influence in Washington, and use the media to spread … Continue reading »

Romney, Ryan, and the Devil’s budget: Will America keep its soul?

George Lakoff, professor emeritus of linguistics | August 23, 2012

Coauthored with Glenn Smith America was born with a great soul, a moral view of Democracy in which citizens care about their fellow citizens and join together to take responsibility not just for themselves but for each other, for America as a union, a joint enterprise. The government’s job was to carry out that moral … Continue reading »

The battle is squared, and why we need budget jujitsu

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | May 17, 2011

Technically, the federal government has now reached the limit of its capacity to borrow money. Raising the debt ceiling used to be a technical adjustment, made almost automatically. Now it’s a political football. Democrats should never have agreed to linking it to an agreement on the long-term budget deficit. But now that the debt ceiling … Continue reading »

Obama returns to his moral vision

George Lakoff, professor emeritus of linguistics | April 18, 2011

Last week, on April 13, 2011, President Obama gave all Democrats and all progressives a remarkable gift. Most of them barely noticed. They looked at the president’s speech as if it were only about budgetary details. But the speech went well beyond the budget. It went to the heart of progressive thought and the nature … Continue reading »

Mr. President: Why Medicare isn’t the problem, it’s the solution

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | April 13, 2011

I hope when he tells America how he aims to tame future budget deficits the President doesn’t accept conventional Washington wisdom that the biggest problem in the federal budget is Medicare (and its poor cousin Medicaid). Medicare isn’t the problem. It’s the solution. The real problem is the soaring costs of health care that lie … Continue reading »