Is Our Problem a Lack of Public Virtue?

Are we betraying the Founders?

Congress Passes Budget, Averts Government Shutdown

Five months too late, we’re back to the Biden-McCarthy deal.

House Passes Bipartisan Tax Bill

Will wonders never cease?

The Impulse to Want a Strong Man

And the intuition that things aren’t really working.

On the Median Voter

A David Brooks column inspires some thoughts.

One Year Out

Looking ahead to November 5, 2024

Swing State Voters Prefer Trump

Bidenomics is dragging Biden’s approval.

When Does A University Stop Being a University?

West Virginia University may be the canary in the coal mine.

Bidenomics?

The President is trying to change perceptions ahead of the election.

The free high-resolution photo of hand, white, finger, money, close up, bank, pig, organ, piggy, emotion, save, savings, deposit, finance, save money, sense, save money concept, saving money , taken with an unknown camera 03/16 2017 The picture taken with The image is released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. The free high-resolution photo of hand, white, finger, money, close up, bank, pig, organ, piggy, emotion, save, savings, deposit, finance, save money, sense, save money concept, saving money , taken with an unknown camera 03/16 2017 The picture taken with The image is released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.

States, the Feds, and Revenue Transfers

All states but one receive more in federal money than they pay out in taxes.

Rethinking STEM Credentialing

Should we reform the way we train a high-tech workforce?

Russia’s Economy is Collapsing But Not Fast Enough

Sanctions and a costly war are taking their toll.

Tom Brady Retiring Again

The Greatest of All Time is hanging up his cleats a year too late.

Debt Limit Will Be Reached Today!

The infuriating fight to authorize spending already-allocated money is back.

Zealots and Pluralists

A moderate Republican almost diagnoses the problem.

China Trade Wars the New Normal

The elite consensus that free trade would bring them around is gone.

What Now for Stacey Abrams’ Model?

Her emphasis on turnout has helped other Democrats but she’s a two-time loser.

Forecasting 2024 Way Too Early

There are at most eight toss-up states for the 2024 Presidential election.

Japanese Government: Drink More Sake!

When you tax sin, you need more of it.

[I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!] [I'm shocked, shocked I tell you!]

Inflation Reduction Act Doesn’t Reduce Inflation?!

A bill that was never about the thing it’s called doesn’t do that thing.

Build Back Better Than Nothing

Joe Manchin has come around on a pared back BBB, surprising just about everyone.

Non-Majority Presidents

Are plurality winners less legitimate than popular vote losers?

Democrats Even Madder at Manchin

The West Virginia Senator has pulled away the football yet again.

Military Recruiting Woes

The US armed forces are looking for a few more good men and women.

A Quick Comment on Presidential Power

The pressure and expectations of a king, but with considerably less power.

Democracy and the End of Roe

This will just reinforce minority rule in the US.

May Jobs Report

Growth continues.

The Road to Here (and the Rocky Road Ahead)

The role of American political institutions.

An Action-Oriented Prescription

A follow on from yesterday.

Ukraine War Ruining Biden’s Plans

Crises tend to be distracting.

President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room. President Joe Biden takes notes doing a G7 Leaders’ Virtual Meeting Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in the White House Situation Room.

Biden Wants Billionaire Tax (Rounding Up from Tenth of a Billion)

The President is taking a page out of Elizabeth Warren’s playbook.

Biden’s State of the Union Speech

Most people liked it more than I did.

Booster Hesitancy?

65 million Americans are fully vaccinated but just 35 percent are boosted.

Manchin Shoots BBB Dead, Dead, Dead

The West Virginia Senator has taken the football from Charlie Brown and gone home.

Beatles ‘Get Back’ Documentary

A long peek at history in the making.

The 1% are Paying Slightly Less Tax Than They Owe!

An interesting but rather misleading report from a Biden Treasury official.

Covid-Related Links

Some suggested stories.

Billionaires in Space

Magical? Impressive? Or just too much money?

The Politicization of Math Class

The least controversial subject in school is suddenly controversial.

Sullivan on Biden (and a Discussion of Fiscal Policy)

On fiscal policy and historical comparisons.

Walter Mondale, 1928-2021

Jimmy Carter’s Vice President and the 1984 Democratic nominee has died at 93.

What is Infrastructure, Anyway?

We can all agree that it’s important but not what it is.

I love taxes police money Euros I love taxes police money Euros

A W-2 for Business Income

An interesting proposal to improve tax collection.

$15 Minimum Wage Dead for Now

The Senate parliamentarian has ruled against ramming it through in the COVID relief bill.

Rush Limbaugh, 1951-2021

The talk radio megastar has died, aged 70.

Romney’s Child Welfare Plan

An opportunity for unity and a restoration of normal order.

Donald Trump v. Stacey Abrams

Gracious concessions are the norm except when they’re not.