July

U.S. Commerce Department: The economy sucks!

John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics, was quoted as saying, "The word for this report is 'shocking.'" Sorry, Mr. Ryding, why are you shocked?

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Is the welfare state sustainable?

David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, recently opined, "The current welfare state is simply unsustainable and anybody who is serious, on left or right, has to have a new vision of the social contract."

Racial wealth gap grows to record highs

Wealth gaps have always been much greater than income gaps, but the changes have never seen the magnitude in the past few years.

Debt-ceiling struggle: time to look deeper

Even if a deal is struck at the last minute, or if President Obama raises the debt ceiling on his own, this controversy reveals a system in serious need of repair.

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Holding Americans hostage

The problem is not so much a "gang of six" now making deals, but the gang that took over the House of Representatives and statehouses and governorships across the country last fall.

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Elizabeth Warren falls on her sword

Elizabeth Warren represented the moral opposite of the decadence in Wall Street that nearly ruined, and may yet ruin, the whole nation.

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Debt-ceiling showdown, Republican stand collapsing, now what?

Is it a train wreck? A gathering tsunami? Just a fake drama?

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Are republics democratic?

If we live in a country where some citizens' votes count more than others - in other words, in which "one person, one vote" is really not the standard - how can we claim to be a real democratic state? At best we have a limited and imperfect democracy.

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Eric Cantor: GOP drama queen with an agenda

Cantor's most cruel political grandstanding came after the terrible tornado that ravaged Joplin, Mo., killing and injuring hundreds this year. Cantor proclaimed that he would block all federal relief funding for the suffering people of Joplin until Democrats agreed to cut a similar amount from the budget.

Republicans’ extortion needs a resounding “No”

A two-part response is needed to Eric Cantor and his fellow Republicans.

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