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Welcome to Flint, USA!

Steven Conn | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Flint's tap water serves as indictment of all those who believed that the private sector can fulfill our social needs and that tax cuts matter more than public investments.

Every Day the Sequester Continues, Obama's Power Grows

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

For the avoidance of doubt, I oppose the sequester, and I oppose budget cuts at this time in our economic recovery. One cannot help but observe, however, that the sequester is a political minefield for Republicans.

Is Progress Possible?

Gary Hart | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics
Gary Hart

For those who believe in a society, that to some degree we are all in this together, there are three choices: resist change, stagnate or progress. So far, no one has discovered how to progress without the institutions of government.

The 2012 GSA Conference Video

Tim Young | Posted 06.29.2012 | Comedy
Tim Young

Just when you thought you had heard enough about GSA's overspending, this video appears...

How the Wall Street Journal Misleads About Federal Jobs

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 03.15.2012 | Media
Jeffrey Sachs

For government services that count for the 99 percent, the federal government is shrinking, alas, no matter which phony figures the Wall Street Journal throws our way.

Is It Best to Buy or Borrow Books?

Dave Astor | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Now stepping into the ring: buying books vs. using a library! That bout might never make pay-per-view, but it's a contest often on the minds of avid readers.

The "Budget Dance": It's Time to Change the Steps

Allison Sesso | Posted 08.07.2011 | New York
Allison Sesso

In lean years like this one, non-baselined human service programs bear the brunt of heated political fights between our mayor and city council and are in deep jeopardy.

Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Maurice Jourdane

Governor Brown appears to hope that local governments will spend revenue from property taxes on our children's education and other services basic to our state's history.

Merger of Mobile and Government Means You 2.0

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Mobility is the key. Government 2.0 and it's namesake online "Gov 2.0" are already looking down the tunnel of version one -- i.e. social media. Versi...

Aqua Buddha, the Number 21 and the Deficit Commission

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

On Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles' to-do list was a cap of government spending at 21 percent of GDP. One can only assume 21 bears some religious significance for them because it makes no sense to have this rule on policy grounds.

The Effects of the Subjugation of English

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

If we really want our society to be more cohesive, if we want everyone to be treated equally, the way to do that is to insure that people who live here speak the same language.