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Linda Bilmes

Guess Who Tried to Prevent the VA Crisis -- and Who Stood in Their Way!

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Who would've ever thought, after years of relentless cost-cutting in the halls of Washington, that the federal government actually spends our money on important stuff? Who would've thought that wars cost money, and tax cuts cost money, and maintaining our infrastructure costs money?

Howard's Daily: Attracting Good People to Government

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Let's agree on this: Getting able people into government should be a core goal. They should be honored, and treated fairly, and paid reasonably. Public service should be a noble career. But how do we achieve that?

Vermont's @SenSanders Is Right: Use War Money to Take Care of Veterans

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Sometimes Senator Bernie Sanders does something that reminds us that it does actually matter that he's an Independent in the best sense of the word: thinking for himself, not accepting the D.C. "conventional wisdom" that often defines the limits of reform. Now, Bernie's done it again.

Are Americans Feeling More Isolationist?

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Whatever one's judgment, Americans appear to have concluded that a foreign-policy reorientation is in order; in this case, however, reorientation doesn't equal retrenchment.

War and Taxes

Jim Worth | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

The battle in Congress over taxes is -- historically -- unprecedented and unAmerican. We are in a time of war! Our government sent our young men and...

A Robin Hood Tax to Pay for the Wars

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Instead of just saying that the Bush tax cuts for the richest Americans should be allowed to expire, let's say that they should be allowed to expire and that the money saved shall be earmarked for the veterans trust fund.

Joseph Stiglitz And Linda Bilmes: The True Cost Of The Iraq War

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Writing in these pages in early 2008, we put the total cost to the United States of the Iraq war at $3 trillion. This price tag dwarfed previous estim...