A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service. This is what lobbying does to our … Continue reading Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax for causing this.
That fact alone doesn’t mean it ought to be scrapped. But we should be clear about its disreputable origins. The same with the Filibuster.. it did NOT come about as a way … Continue reading Opinion | Actually, the Electoral College Was a Pro-Slavery Ploy – The New York Times
Too many of us work too much. It’s not just making us miserable, it’s wrecking the planet. Rather than causing us to forgo things to cut carbon emissions, a Green New Deal … Continue reading Could a Green New Deal Make Us Happier People?
How Tennessee is making Bernie Sanders’ favorite education idea a reality. Fascinating story on free college in a primarily Republican state, what it is and how and why they did it. SPOILER … Continue reading The red state that loves free college
It is right and just and fair to ask if the government can afford wars, social support programs, border walls, and so on. It is wrong, however, to think of that in terms of money. That’s not the problem. Resources are. Source: But Can The Government Afford It? Continue reading But Can The Government Afford It? | Forbes
Modern monetary theory is just a different way to fight over what those priorities should be. Modern Monetary Theory in the Financial Times. Source: America has never worried about financing its priorities … Continue reading America has never worried about financing its priorities | FT
Those who ask ‘how will we pay for’ a Green New Deal need to learn public finance. Ditto those fearing inflation. We’ll pay for the GND as we do everything else, and … Continue reading The Green New Deal: How We Will Pay for It Isn’t ‘a Thing’ – and Inflation Isn’t Either | Forbes
Federal student loans are the only consumer debt segment that’s grown continuously since the Great Recession. The next generation of graduates will include more borrowers who may never be able to repay. Source: The … Continue reading The Student Loan Debt Crisis Is About to Get Worse
Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find … Continue reading Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’
Unlike many labor actions, the Los Angeles teachers’ strike is not really about wages or benefits. At its core, this is a struggle to defend public schools against the privatizing drive of … Continue reading Billionaires vs. LA Schools
So much ink has been spilled for so long on the national debt, it might be nice if that $22 trillion plus on the red side of the US balance sheet just … Continue reading Debt? What debt? The new wave in Democratic thinking – CNNPolitics
Democrats’ focus on personalities and demographics over a popular progressive policy agenda and an anti-establishment sentiment may bring defeat in 2020. “…a bold, clear ideology is precisely what excites Americans.” “What these … Continue reading Progressive Ideas Matter to Voters. So Why Do Democrats Fixate on Identity?
On May 8, 1958, art imitated life in 2018. In an episode of a TV show called Trackdown, there was a conman named Trump, who tried to scare the bejeezus out of a … Continue reading A 1950s TV show had a fear-mongering conman named Trump who wanted to build a wall
Why the IMF’s insistence that Jamaica runs a primary surplus of 7% constitutes bad macroeconomics which must be called out. #IMF policies are “economic malpractice in action”, says former senior IMF economist … Continue reading Macroeconomic malpractice in action | FT Alphaville
A new study shows that 90 percent of global ocean plastic pollution can be traced back to ten major rivers in Asia and Africa. You can’t clean up the world by fixing … Continue reading 90 percent of ocean plastic waste comes from Asia and Africa • Earth.com