BLOGS


  • How Trump’s China Policy Can Put Americans First When R. Rex Parris, the Republican mayor of Lancaster, California, wanted to revamp local manufacturing and move his city toward renewable energy, he turned to an unlikely ally: China. Lancaster is a working-class desert town north of Los Angeles ― not exactly a bustling center of global commerce. But Parris cajoled the Chinese electric vehicle company ...
  • The Democratic Party Must Forge Ahead On Common Ground In 1968, I was the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party when the Party was riven by deep division over the Vietnam War. Those divisions may have cost Hubert Humphrey the Presidency, and they persisted for some time. Some are saying that the close vote for the DNC Chair is evidence of another deep rift in ...
  • What Donald Trump’s Presidency Means For Your Investments Political news has been dominating the headlines since the start of the election cycle last year, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be letting up any time soon. After a strong end to 2016, we have started off 2017 equally as strong. This has led people to ask me what I think about ...
  • Dear Uber: Zero-Tolerance Harassment Policies Aren’t Rocket Science I am a huge fan of the New York Times, but today’s article, “Uber Case Could Be A Watershed for Women in Tech,” really pissed me off. Yes, it is absolutely true that many forms of harassment against women in the workplace have been going on forever, and yes it is true that sometimes, the individuals ...
  • There Are Four Ways To Reduce Inequality And All of Them Are Bad Review of The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century. By Walter Scheidel. Princeton University Press. 504 pp. $35. Inequality is great and growing, in the United States and elsewhere. Americans in the highest one tenth of one percent income bracket increased their share almost six times ...
  • Bill Gates Is Clueless On The Economy Last week Bill Gates called for taxing robots. He argued that we should impose a tax on companies replacing workers with robots and that the money should be used to retrain the displaced workers. As much as I appreciate the world’s richest person proposing a measure that would redistribute money from people like him to ...
  • Will Perez Be Effective? The Democratic National Committee met this weekend and elected as its new chairman Tom Perez, who narrowly beat out Keith Ellison on the second round of voting. It was the most contentious race for party chair seen in decades, so the first challenge Perez is going to face is whether he can quickly achieve any ...
  • How To Pick The Best Rotisserie Chicken At The Grocery Store For Bon Appetit, by Ashley Mason. If we had a dollar for every time we relied on a rotisserie chicken for a quick and painless dinner, well, let’s just say we wouldn’t be making food magazines anymore. These pre-cooked birds sometimes get a bad rap as the David Hasselhoffs of the prepared foods aisle — frighteningly ...
  • Message To Senate Dems: Vote ‘No’ On Ben Carson At the end of last month, the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee voted to approve the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson for the position of U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Among the Senators who cast a “yes” vote to recommend the nomination for consideration by the full Senate were Democrats Elizabeth ...
  • This New Cookbook Will Help You Save Money On Dinner For Epicurious, by Sam Worley. Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet and essayist who recently published The New Economy Chapbook Cookbook: Volume 1, a collection of fortifying recipes for cooking on a budget that’s available for free on the internet. Its contributors are largely poets, other writers, activists—and passionate home cooks. Calvocoressi, who teaches at the University ...
  • A Great Danger To Our Country FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017 So blared the tweeter-in-Chief at 10:09 p.m. Friday, rounding out a full day spent ranting against The Enemy Within. Trump, whose prime rhetorical instrument is ...
  • Trump’s War On Immigrants Has Already Reached The Supreme Court This column was originally published by Truthdig.com. If you’ve been waiting for President Donald John Trump’s war on immigrants to reach the Supreme Court, your wait is over. The battle has already begun. No, the conflict hasn’t come to the top court by way of Trump’s high-profile “Muslim ban,” which has been enjoined by a series of ...
  • Jordan Peel’s ‘Get Out’ Is A Funny, Horrifying, Truthful Take On Racism function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); When I went to a screening and Q&A of Jordan Peele’s buzzy new social thriller, Get Out, he made it very clear to the audience that the film was not “a comedy.” It makes sense that Peele, known mostly for his work on the hilarious Key & Peele, would ...
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Past, Present, And Future Co-authored by Larry Kirsch, Managing Director, IMR Health Economics In the wake of the recent election, the mind-boggling possibility of a return to the pre-crisis world of 2008 is now a real threat. That is precisely what would happen if Congress and the incoming Administration forget why the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ...
  • The Only Two Choices You Have In Life “I was six years old when I watched my dad executed on national TV”, Tim told me. “He was on death row.” I had given a talk the day before. During the talk I had described in detail the various ways one could kill themselves. I said, “If you point a gun at your head you’ll just ...
  • A Muslim Reformation On February 24, 2017, the NYT reported that during an NSC meeting General McMaster, the newly-appointed National Security Advisor, told the staff that Muslims who commit terrorist acts are perverting their religion and that radical Islamic terrorism was not a helpful label because terrorists are in fact ‘un-Islamic.’ At last a ray of hope, a senior ...
  • News Roundup for February 27, 2017 Did we shift out of the darkest timeline after last night’s Oscars ceremony? 1. Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture after La La Land was initially declared the winner. Finally, Marissa Tomei is vindicated. More here. pic.twitter.com/5rLBDlyJCh — Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld2000) February 27, 2017 2. Trump’s choice for Navy secretary withdrew his name from consideration for the ...
  • CPAC And The DNC: A Party Is Not A Movement function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Two high-profile political meetings were held last week: the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) convention, and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting that selected a new party chair. They were a study in conflicting headlines. “Trump Addresses An Ebullient CPAC Crowd,” NPR reported. “Democrats Elect Thomas Perez, Establishment Favorite, as Party ...
  • Trump Must Confirm Social Security And Medicare Pledges On Tuesday President Trump will give his first State of the Union speech. It’s an excellent opportunity for him to re-affirm one of his most important campaign promises: not to cut Social Security and Medicare. Throughout the campaign, candidate Trump vowed that he would protect our nation’s social insurance programs, which millions of Americans rely ...
  • The Worst Job In Washington For some people in our nation’s capital, being skewered on Saturday Night Live might be a badge of recognition and courage. But in White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s case, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery. It’s ferocious satire that not only makes him look like an emotional train wreck, but also gets ...