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Category: Economy

Reaganomics Redux, But Worse

by Jeff Madrick | Jun 5, 2017 | Economy, Politics

The tax cut proposals first announced by President Donald Trump this April are, simply put, a fraud. They are about greed and politics, not economic growth or true tax reform. The policy has been proved wrong twice already. As a broadly faithful rerun of the Reaganomics of the early 1980s, Trump’s policies, should they be […]

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Ryancare: It’s a Tax Cut for the Rich

by The Washington Spectator | Apr 27, 2017 | Economy, Politics

The GOP Affordable Care Act replacement draft includes reforms promoted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan since (and before) the passage of the ACA, including funding Medicaid with block grants to states and a per capita cap on Medicaid funding. The federal government pays a fixed share of states’ Medicaid costs. Under Ryancare, federal […]

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Obama State of the Union 2016

Obama, Transformed

by Rick Perlstein | Jan 19, 2016 | Economy, Foreign Policy, Politics, Rickipedia

photo: whitehouse.gov They say the president gave his seventh State of the Union address last Tuesday, but personally, I count eight. On February 24, 2009, Barack Obama’s 35th full day in office, he delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress to explain how America had gotten into its economic mess and how his […]

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The Ryan Budget: Know Your Enemy

by Lou Dubose | Dec 29, 2015 | Economy, Politics, The Interval

Photo: Jory Heckman Hey yo, so check this out! Yeah! Know your enemy! –Rage Against the Machine   Before he was Speaker, before he grew the Hugh Jackman beard, before we knew he was a Rage Against the Machine fan and that his playlist “starts with AC/DC and ends with Zeppelin,” Paul Ryan was a […]

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Slow Burn: Bernie Sanders Ignites a Populist Movement

by Rick Perlstein | Oct 8, 2015 | Economy, Politics

Art: Edel Rodriguez Nate Silver has the Bernie Sanders campaign figured out. Ignore what happens in Iowa and New Hampshire, the “data-driven” prognostication wizard wrote back in July, when Sanders was polling a healthy 30 percent to Clinton’s 46 percent in both contests. That’s only, Silver says, because “Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa and Democratic primary voters in […]

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