August 20, 2017

The Price of Politics is too high: Bob Woodward versus the White House

Several people have asked me about the Bob Woodward kerfuffle. (I know. The irony. Congressional leaders and the President spend two years negotiating how to deal with the debt, can’t agree on a solution, resolve to on a 2% across the board cut called “sequestration” that almost no one understands–or represents accurately if they do–and people […]

Sequester: a trip down the rabbit hole to Wonderland [Contributor]

Rhett Wilkinson is a senior at Utah State University. He is studying journalism and political science. The opinions expressed are his own.   The feds ought to follow the lead of a certain rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, who famously said “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” The first problem with this […]

Our problem isn’t the taxes, but the spending

Is it time for Republicans trying to avert the fiscal cliff to give up on protecting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy in exchange for entitlement reform?

Maybe a better question would be: do Republicans still have a choice?

In many respects, the debate over taxes–raise them on the rich! Lower on the poor! Middle class! Get rid of deductions! Close loopholes! Reform the tax code!–is important, but really misses the point of what is behind the fiscal problems our country is facing. At the root of it all, the problem isn’t the tax code–though I’m all for reforming it, simplifying it, and making it more flat–the problem is that we are spending more than we are paying in taxes. And I mean, ALL of us.

The fiscal cliff of 2013 is the debt ceiling of 2011

If it feels like we’ve been here before, it’s because we have.

While President Obama and Speaker Boehner negotiate plans to avert the fiscal cliff next year, the scene has begun to look not unlike one we’ve seen before.

Perspectives on last week’s debt debate: two sides of the same coin

How the “left” sees the recent debt ceiling debate/crisis… And how the “right” sees it… Is it any surprise that the politicians had a hard time finding a middle ground? They don’t see eye to eye on what the problem is in the first place. Also, what’s with this “super committee” that’s lacking any deficit […]

In which I express mock surprise at how well it pays to work for the President of the United States

Gawker tells the story: The White House says that many of those positions are considered nonpolitical jobs that come with their own pay schedules, and that what matters is that the total budget and average salary are decreasing slightly. But that doesn’t change the fact that White House staffers who stick it out are being […]

Libya: Members of Congress Challenging Constitutionality of Military Action

It’s the American way. Got a problem? Take it to court. Even if that problem is military action in Libya. While Rep. Boehner is taking a more diplomatic tact by sending a letter to President Obama seeking clarification on Libya, others have had enough and are challenging him in federal court. Is our continued military […]