Does America even have a national security strategy? I ask because the Pentagon is getting ready to promulgate the latest version of same in the forthcoming Quadrennial Defense Review. And the Obama Administration has given off some big conflicting messages over the past year.
Who am I? I'm a Montana rancher and Democrat who wants to be the next U.S. senator from Montana. I'm the dark horse running for the open seat to repl...
Without significant changes, TPP will just be another American factory shuttering, dream shattering trade deal. Of course, the corporations that stand to profit support the current TPP scheme, as they did the other job-destroying trade deals. And so do corporate politicians.
One would think that the slaughter of innocents, especially on the cusp of the holidays, would offer Americans the courage to move forward. However, we ended up with cowardice from a select set of Democratic senators.
The appointment of Max Baucus to be the new Ambassador to China is a slap in the face to every working man and woman - and unemployed worker - in America.
Before Domestic Violence Awareness Month is over, at least 20 more women, and some of their kids, will be fatally shot by abusers. Cause of death: lack of action in Congress.
It was a busy week in Washington, since all the congresscritters were eager to get out of town for their not-so-well-earned five weeks of vacation. It'll take awhile for the dust to settle, so let's take a look at some of what's been happening while it does.
Senator Max Baucus has decreed a minimum 50 years of secrecy for negotiations over revamping the federal tax code. It's not the information itself that must remain under lock and key, but which senator is supporting what massive corporate giveaway -- that's what has to remain secret.
While the reformers are running around trying to get folks excited about tax expenditures (the price), government (the product) is increasingly dysfunctional.
If these senators are true to their word -- that they will build a tax structure based on public input and sensible policy -- this could be a really big opportunity for folks in the housing business that can mobilize public comment.
The Sunshine Act will curtail the incestuous love affair enjoyed by the triumvirate of pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and the insurance industry, by curbing any inappropriate influence on research, education, and clinical decision making.
I've not paid much attention to the latest disturbance in the tax reform force: the zero-based plan by Senators Baucus and Hatch to wipe out all tax expenditures and insist that advocates argue the merits of each one if they want them put back in the tax code.
Carried interest reform will almost certainly be part of any major tax reform bill offered by Camp or Baucus. But it's also possible that even if tax reform efforts fail or stall, carried interest legislation could find its way into an extenders package or as a pay-for for deficit reduction or an extension of the debt limit.
D.C. Centrism embraces what the political establishment, especially including the big special interests who tend to control this town, thinks is right, even when the vast majority of Americans are opposed to it.
There are ways to preserve and improve the system of excellent care that many insured people in the United States received before the effects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Here are some suggestions to offer expanded health care for all.