Congress in 2011 mostly ignored the 16.1 million poor children and the 7.3 million extremely poor children in need. We cannot leave millions of children without hope or a vision of a future worth striving for in our materially powerful but spiritually poor nation.
I write this missive in the year 2014 from my small, poorly ventilated office in the Shandong Province of China where my job and millions of others have been outsourced by President Mitt Romney and his Republican allies in Congress.
Anyone who is really serious about solving the revenue problem should be advocating a full repeal of the Bush tax cuts -- or some comparable outcome via tax reform.
Regardless of who wins the presidential election, entrepreneurship will pick up. But growth will be highly controlled unless government starts to recognize the financial realities of small business.
Now you see severely conservative Romney, now you don't. The GOP nominee asks Americans to engage in magical thinking -- to believe his hocus-pocus is not just a stage show but will actually painlessly solve problems.
In my view, we will not make progress in addressing either the jobs or deficit crisis unless we are prepared to take on the greed of Wall Street and big-money interests who want more and more for themselves at the expense of all Americans.
I read two papers over the weekend both of which underscored an important point about an ongoing area of contention around the fiscal cliff: allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the top 2% will not have a negative impact on the economy.
Conservatives are trumpeting a new video in which a younger Obama embraces the dreaded socialist sin of redistribution. His earlier words will no doubt hurt Obama among some segment of the electorate -- even though most voters in both parties actually favor a host of redistributive policies.
Almost everyone pays some taxes. Meanwhile, the federal code has become less progressive and is raising too little revenue. At least from where I sit, those are the relevant facts of the case.
The "fiscal cliff" is a terrible metaphor -- it implies an all-or-nothing choice between continuing all current budget policies and running smack into the legislated trajectory for fiscal policy.
To win over the radical right, Romney has changed his position so many times on so many different issues that he may have lost his core beliefs... and that is a frightening statement to ponder.
Has supply-side economics worked? The conjecture says it could; the data says it hasn't.
I wish the Republicans had devoted more energy in trying to humanize their ideas and policies rather than their candidates, especially those who can flip at the drop of a hat.
We are killing this country. CEOs, entrepreneurs, bankers, lawyers, doctors and politicians at the top are all benefiting from the lower cost of labor for their employees and the lower cost of goods imported from low-wage countries. But our workers, our dear workers are getting crushed.
Tokenism is not restricted to the GOP; the Democratic party has also been guilty of tokenism as well, according to the 2012 study "The Diversity Paradox: Parties, Legislatures and the Organizational Foundations of Representation in America."
"Why can't we do this? Why can't we evade taxes on income simply because we invest it?" she asked. "We can't because we are individuals," I responded. "So are the partners at Bain Capital," she protested. "You don't understand economics," I explained.