The magazine is at it again with an economically illiterate and deceptive piece about "generational conflict" called "The War on Youth." Meanwhile the real war on youth is an assault on their employment prospects, education costs, and, yes, their future Social Security benefits.
In 1776, had the American revolutionaries tried the Barack Obama approach of "reaching out" in a spirit of "cooperation" with the Tories and the British Crown there never would have been a United States of America in the first place.
Do you hear a noise like power saws cutting away at your Social Security benefits? That's the sound of the politicians promoting the "chained CPI," Washington's latest gimmick for tricking voters and cutting their hard-earned benefits.
Who's speaking for the majority of Republican voters in the budget debate? Only Sen. Bernie Sanders, Socialist from Vermont. Sanders has unequivocally said that he won't support a deal to raise the debt ceiling unless it includes higher taxes on on the rich.
Every Republican has signed an "oath" with Grover Norquist not to pass new taxes. If a Republican crosses that line, they bring on the Norquist Inquisition, which labels them an heretic and burns them at the polls.
The American people aren't afraid of tough choices as part of the budget debate, but they know the difference between play-acting and the real thing. And they're still waiting for somebody to talk to them like one adult to another.
As the House Republicans forge their own course, demanding radical spending cuts right now, the tired and shabby arguments of the old deficit-worriers hardly seem connected, any more, to the battles at hand.
Today the country's real center has never been farther from the narrow right-leaning viewpoint that's still being peddled as a "centrism." If the White House and other Democrats buy into that illusion, as they seem to be doing, they'll lose the country.
Right-wing billionaire Pete Peterson continues to use the Washington Post as an outlet for deceptive anti-tax and anti-government propaganda. The latest Peterson production is a grab-bag of misinformation and fiscal ignorance.
We expected to see an all-out assault on Social Security and progressive taxation, but the number of similarly-minded reports released this month is greater than we expected, the ad buys are larger, and the range of ideas is narrower.
As someone who's worked in freelance journalism, I'm actually quite sympathetic to Downie's concerns. But get with the program, man! While it's not perfect, the Huffington Post is hiring journalists. The Washington Post is laying them off.
Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson claim to be leading a "just-the-facts" dialogue, yet they seem unaware of the fact that we just passed the biggest deficit reduction bill in history, known as "health care reform."