Politics

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

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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

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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

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Afghanistan and the collapse of American governance

by |August 28th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 28, 2017 For years Donald Trump called for an end to America’s war in Afghanistan. Yet as president he has quickly decided to expand the war. Since Trump’s presidency fails daily on so many levels, it’s easy to overlook an important lesson of Trump’s awful Afghanistan decision. The Afghanistan war… read more

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The truth about Trump’s tax cuts

by |August 25th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | August 25, 2017 Give the Republicans their due: They are persistent. Since Ronald Reagan became president in January 1981, the Republican Party has focused relentlessly on tax cuts. And Donald Trump is no exception — he told the crowd at his Phoenix rally Tuesday, “We’re giving you the biggest tax cut in the… read more

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How to break the 40-year working class losing streak

by |August 17th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 17, 2017 The Chicago Cubs broke a 108-year drought by winning the World Series last year. American workers are in a 40-year drought, but with the right game plan, they too can start to win. Consider first the sorry facts. The median inflation-adjusted earnings of full-time male workers peaked in… read more

Surviving America’s Political Meltdown

by |August 11th, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | August 11, 2017 The US is in the midst of a political meltdown, unable to manage a domestic economic agenda or a coherent foreign policy. The White House is in turmoil; Congress is paralyzed; and the world is looking on in astonishment and dread. If we are to survive and overcome this… read more

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America’s Dangerous Anti-Iran Posturing

by |August 1st, 2017

As featured on Project Syndicate |August 1, 2017 In recent weeks, US President Donald Trump and his advisers have joined Saudi Arabia in accusing Iran of being the epicenter of Middle East terrorism. The US Congress, meanwhile, is readying yet another round of sanctions against Iran. But the caricature of Iran as “the tip of the spear” of… read more

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