Our Grandkids are Going to Hate Us…

House and Senate leaders and the president apparently reached a two-year budget agreement this week that increases federal spending by...

Our Grandkids are Going to Hate Us…

House and Senate leaders and the president apparently reached a two-year budget agreement this week that increases federal spending by...

Old GOP Con Runs out of Steam…

When Oregon Republican Congressman Greg Walden went to Bend, Oregon recently for his first town hall meeting there in two years he came...

Old GOP Con Runs out of Steam…

When Oregon Republican Congressman Greg Walden went to Bend, Oregon recently for his first town hall meeting there in two years he came...

What I Got Wrong in 2015…

“Get ready for the “Bush Rebounds” stories. You heard it hear first.” One of my less-than-perfect predictions from 2015 ——— In the spirit...

What I Got Wrong in 2015…

“Get ready for the “Bush Rebounds” stories. You heard it hear first.” One of my less-than-perfect predictions from 2015 ——— In the spirit...

Death of a Consensus

The consensus did not mean that the “site,” as locals call it, would ever be free from controversy. Then-Gov. John V. Evans, a Democrat,...

Death of a Consensus

The consensus did not mean that the “site,” as locals call it, would ever be free from controversy. Then-Gov. John V. Evans, a Democrat,...

A Plane as a Budget Lesson

Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the chairs of the Congressional budget committees, continue talking in an...

Go Big or Go Home

The president might start by remembering that there are three things in politics that can be enormously powerful, but are almost always...

What’s Wrong

Harrison – everyone called him Pat – wouldn’t recognize the U.S. Senate today and I’m guessing he’d be appalled by the current leaders,...

Nary a Word

Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson has one message in his post-Senate life as a truth teller about the nation’s fiscal health. Simpson...

No Surprise Here

At its birthing the Super Committee seemed to have it all – bi-partisan endorsement from both houses of Congress, senior and generally...

Super Committee

You thought perhaps that Thanksgiving was all about Grandma’s cranberry relish, Aunt Mae’s pumpkin pie and a nap on the sofa while a...

The Deal

I predicted a week ago that the “sensible center” would ultimately behave like adults and avoid a federal government default, but by last...

Pat Moynihan

The late, great Senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, was asked back in 1993, when Congress was debating an earlier federal...

The Answer

The thing that may be the most maddening about the current deficit reduction/debt ceiling kabuki dance in Washington, D.C. is that every...

Symbolic Cuts

Noted documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has waded into the fray over eliminating federal funding for the Corporation for Public...

Getting Serious

You’ll hear a lot of politicians making speeches over the next few days regarding the imperative of getting the federal budget under...

Great Speeches Week

It is Martin Luther King, Jr, Day, a good day to remember Dr. King’s remarkable impact on the evolution of American notions about civil...