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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 »

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 »

Beware the “middle ground” of the great budget debate

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | April 22, 2011

How debates are framed is critical because the “center” or “middle ground” is supposedly halfway between the two extremes. We continue to hear that the Great Budget Debate has two sides: The President and the Democrats want to cut the budget deficit mainly by increasing taxes on the rich and reducing military spending, but not … 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 »

Why Obama isn’t fighting the budget battle

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | March 14, 2011

In the next week the action moves from Wisconsin to Washington, where the deadline looms for a possible government shutdown over the federal budget. President Obama has to take a more direct and personal role in that budget battle — both for the economy’s sake and for the sake of his reelection. But will he? … Continue reading »