Elbert Ventura is the managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. He formerly served as the managing editor of the Progressive Policy Institute.
One of Barack Obama’s finest moments as President came this past September, when he gave a speech to Congress urging passage of the health-care reform…
In Praise of Comprehensive Tax Reform
The current debate over the tax-cut compromise hammered out by President Obama and Republicans in Congress raises the obvious question: If the bill passes (and…
Can Obama Mann Up?
Brookings Institution congressional scholar Thomas Mann is hardly known as a partisan bomb-thrower. A frequent co-author of books and articles on Congress and American politics…
A Deficit of Common Sense
‘Tis the season for deficit commissions. The past week has brought not one, not two, but three stabs at solving America’s looming fiscal crisis. And…
Why Post-Election Soul-Searching Is Overrated
The smoke has cleared; only the maimed and the dead remain on the battlefield. They are, for the most part, Democrats. The job of carting…
Happy 4th of July!
Enjoy the holiday weekend. Regular blogging will resume on Tuesday.
Bruce Bartlett has a column up in today’s Fiscal Times that drills home just how far the Republican Party has veered from the center over…
Orszag a Tough Act to Follow
Today’s big personnel news is Peter Orszag’s decision to leave the White House budget office sometime in the next few weeks. The departure, which has…
On Fiscal Reform, Can Pragmatists Trump Ideologues?
In a piece published this Sunday, Edmund L. Andrews and Eric Pianin serve up a profile in Fiscal Times of an odd couple who will…