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Lies and the lying lobbyists who tell them

by |July 20th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe  | July 20, 2017 The greatest problem in Washington is not polarization but lying. The legislative machinery has ground to a halt not because of the great divide between liberals and conservatives but because of the great divide between the lobbyists and the people. The lobbyists want things that are against… read more

Categories: Politics

Ending the Ronald Reagan lie

by |July 11th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe  | July 11, 2017 As they return from the July Fourth break, the Republican leadership is twisting in agony on the Obamacare repeal and it couldn’t happen to a more miserable bunch. President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have been trying to jam through a… read more

Categories: Economy, Policy, Politics

The G20’s Harmony Without Trump

by |July 11th, 2017

As featured on Project Syndicate | July 11, 2017 O Freunde, nicht diese Töne! (Oh friends, not these sounds!), proclaimed the baritone in the stirring performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to the G20 leaders in Hamburg last Friday evening. That soul-stirring phrase, the opening line of “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven’s appeal to universal brotherhood, was the perfect message… read more

Categories: Policy, Politics

America, we still have a jobs problem

by |July 7th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | July 7, 2017 For those with a college degree or above, life is good. Jobs are plentiful, incomes are rising, inflation is low, health is broadly improving, and the impacts of the new information technologies — from smartphones to e-commerce to ubiquitous information — are generally beneficent. For those without a college… read more

A warning on the eve of the G-20 summit

by |July 5th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | July 5, 2017 Is history made by powerful individuals or by long-term changes in technology, population, climate, and other deep factors? As world leaders gather this week in Hamburg for the G-20 summit, we are at a moment when a few individuals are playing an outsized role to our mutual peril…. read more

Categories: Politics

Tax reform that works for all

by |June 27th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe| June 27, 2017 THE REPUBLICANS are trying to jam a reckless health care bill through Congress so that they can move on to their real objective: another round of deep tax cuts for the rich, paid for by deep cuts in public services, more debt on the backs of the young,… read more

Categories: Economy, Policy, Politics

America can save $1 trillion and get better health care

by |June 27th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | June 27, 2017 US health care costs are out of sight, more than $10,000 per person per year, compared with around $5,000 per person in Canada, Germany and France. Obamacare expanded coverage without controlling costs. The Republican plan would ruthlessly and cruelly limit coverage without controlling costs. Of the two options, Obamacare is… read more

Categories: Health, Policy, Politics

Trump’s Climate-Change Sociopathy

by |June 7th, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | June 7, 2017 President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement is not just dangerous for the world; it is also sociopathic. Without remorse, Trump is willfully inflicting harm on others. The declaration by Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, that Trump believes in… read more

How the corporate sector is wrecking America’s health—and what to do about it

by |June 7th, 2017

As featured in Quartz | June 7, 2017 | by Jeffrey Sachs and Vikas Saini The Obamacare repeal that passed the House is an unpopular and defective bill that would hurt the poor, the sick, and older workers, by raising deductibles and premiums on health policies for these highly vulnerable groups. Yet there is also a real opportunity… read more

Categories: Health, Policy, Politics

Climate of Folly

by |June 2nd, 2017

As featured in Commonweal Magazine | June 2, 2017 When I heard that Trump had decided to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, I immediately thought about an event I attended at the Vatican last September on Laudato si’ and the implementation of the accord. During that event, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon,… read more