A State of Emergency…

The only conceivable path Donald Trump has to re-election next year is to continue to fire up faithful fans by invoking his dystopian...

Renewing America…

“Are immigrants good for the economy? “In the debate over immigration reform, we come back to this argument again and again. The answer...

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor…

– – – – – It says something about the state of American politics that the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers makes more sense on the...

Occam’s Razor…

“We could still imagine that there is a set of laws that determines events completely for some supernatural being, who could observe the...

Not the Party of Lincoln

Lincoln’s Social and Economic Policy In one year of his presidency, 1862, Lincoln signed four nation changing acts. One was the Homestead...

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...

Tax Cut Politics

Considering the strum und drang of many Democrats reacting to President Obama’s “deal” with congressional Republicans to extend the...

Those Awful Earmarks

The Constitution of the United States of America says in Article I, Section 9: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in...

“We Need to Listen…”

Noem, who defeated the incumbent Democrat last week, was pressed repeatedly on how she intended to keep her promises to reduce spending...