Why this tax bill may accidentally give huge leverage to the Freedom Caucus next year
Posted on Wednesday December 20, 2017
It has to do with the quirks of a relatively obscure law called the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, a.k.a. "PAYGO."
John McCain, tax-cut-tanking class warrior?
Posted on Wednesday November 29, 2017
"I voted against the tax cuts because of the disproportionate amount that went to the wealthiest Americans," John McCain (R-Ariz.) said about the Bush tax cuts.
Older people and Republicans, threatening free speech
Posted on Thursday November 02, 2017
There's plenty more college administrators could do to encourage free expression on their campuses. What's the solution for addressing threats to free speech everywhere else in the country?
‘Don’t ever be the first to stop applauding!’
Posted on Thursday October 26, 2017
An anecdote from from Solzhenitsyn that may have resonance today.
What does Trump think he’s doing on health care?
Posted on Friday October 13, 2017
It’s hard to know if Trump actually thinks he is improving the health-care system, and is just getting bad advice; or if he's nihilistically trying to blow the system up and destroy health care for everyone.
One reason it’s dumb for Trump to brag about stock markets: They’re up more everywhere else than they are here
Posted on Thursday October 12, 2017
Markets in the rest of the developed world are up more than they are here.
Free speech and ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ polls
Posted on Thursday September 28, 2017
On that Guardian article that referred to non-probability-based surveys as "junk science."
Words and bullets
Posted on Tuesday September 19, 2017
Wise words from Jonathan Rauch's "Kindly Inquisitors" on speech and violence.
No wonder so many American men feel like they’re falling behind. They earn as much as they did in 1972.
Posted on Tuesday September 12, 2017
And that's assuming they work full-time, year-round.
The imaginary immigrant (and Muslim) takeover
Posted on Tuesday August 15, 2017
No wonder foreigners (and especially Muslims) have proved such an easy scapegoat for President Trump and his allies. Americans believe these groups have already taken over the country.