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Dear senators: Don’t bankrupt our country

by |November 20th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | November 20, 2017 Dear Sens. Susan Collins, Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, Ron Johnson, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski: I fear for the future of our country. I know that you do as well. You are patriots first and partisans a distant second. We are at a defining moment in our history: The tax… read more

Categories: Economy, Policy, Politics

The GOP tax cut is daylight robbery

by |November 14th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | November 14, 2017 If the tax cut passes, it will constitute the largest heist in human history. This is daylight robbery by the super-rich against the rest of society: homeowners, students, the middle class, the young, the poor, indeed everybody who doesn’t own a significant stock portfolio. The result will put… read more

Categories: Economy, Policy, Politics

Big Data and Big Money Have Subverted Our Democracy

by |November 3rd, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | November 3, 2017 In American politics today, corporations reign supreme. Powerful corporations control American politics through Big Money and Big Data. Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress represent the ultimate corporate play, with the powers of the executive and legislative branches turned over to the most destructive corporate special interests. We… read more

Categories: Politics

The Ominous Absurdity of Trump’s Tax Cuts

by |October 30th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | October 30, 2017 Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s call for corporate tax cuts is akin to his request for a government plane for his honeymoon: both are adventures in avarice. Donald Trump, Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, and the key billionaire funders of the Republican Party (including the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and Robert Mercer) would each reap a fortune from the proposed… read more

Categories: Economy, Policy, Politics

Corporate tax cut propaganda

by |October 20th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | October 20, 2017 The White House is selling a tax cut designed for the rich as a boost for the working class. Cut taxes on capital, the White House claims, and investors will raise investment, hire more workers, and bid up wages — a.k.a. trickle-down economics. If the real goal is… read more

15 questions about tax reform

by |October 12th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | October 12, 2017 With President Trump pushing his tax reform proposal in Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday, here’s a look at what his plan would do to the economy. 1. Can the United States afford tax cuts? No. On current policies, the budget deficit will average around 4 percent of Gross Domestic… read more

America’s Goals and Politics of the Common Interest

by |October 12th, 2017

As featured on LinkedIn | October 12, 2017 According to Aristotle, politics should be about the common interest. Yet everywhere we look, narrow corporate interests have pushed aside what’s best for most Americans. By adopting America’s Goals for 2030, we can restore the politics of the common interest and push corporate lobbyists to where they belong, the sidelines of politics. Think… read more

The Disunited States of American Gun Control

by |October 6th, 2017

As featured on Project Syndicate | October 6, 2017 The Las Vegas massacre and its aftermath are pure Americana. A deranged person lugs nearly two dozen high-tech assault weapons to a 32nd-floor hotel room to spray death upon concertgoers in a mass murder and suicide. In response, the culture wars flare anew, with gun-control advocates in pitched battle… read more

Categories: Politics

Trump on the Warpath

by |September 27th, 2017

As featured on Project Syndicate | September 27, 2017 Fifteen years after George W. Bush declared that Iraq, Iran, and North Korea formed “an axis of evil,” Donald Trump, in his maiden address to the United Nations, denounced Iran and North Korea in similarly vitriolic terms. Words have consequences, and Trump’s constitute a dire and immediate threat to global peace, just as… read more

Categories: Politics

Trump pushes US closer to war

by |September 20th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | September 20, 2017 Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations on Tuesday moved the world closer to war. The speech was Hitlerian in tone and content, filled with vitriol and grievance. Germany, said Hitler, was stabbed in the back by its own leaders after World War I. The Obama administration, declared… read more

Categories: Politics