Mar 7, 2014
The standard media coverage of President Barack Obama's new budget claimed the proposals included $600 billion of budget cuts over the next decade. It was just about impossible, though, to find any media story mentioning some basic numbers that belong in any story about a new federal budget.
Feb 28, 2014
"A simple recipe for violence: promise a lot, deliver a little. Lead people to believe they will be much better off, but let there be no dramatic improvement." The brilliant political scientist Aaron Wildavsky wrote these words in 1968 while America was engulfed in race riots and anti-war protests.
Feb 21, 2014
In the 1980s, a couple of ambitious young economists thought ski lift operators weren't very smart. The economists assumed that if the business owners charged more on busy days, they could make more money.
Feb 14, 2014
The big story about the federal budget this week was the Republican Party's struggle to deal with raising the debt ceiling. Last year's big budget story was President Barack Obama and the Democrats coming to grips with the so-called sequester.
Feb 10, 2014
The biggest threat to President Barack Obama's healthcare law doesn't come from Republicans in Congress but from people like Stacie Brown.
Jan 31, 2014
A theoretical listing of the best states put together by a publication for Washington insiders rates New Hampshire as the best state in the union, and finds that nine of the 10 worst states are in the American South.
Jan 24, 2014
The conventional wisdom in Washington was succinctly expressed in a recent Washington Post article, "The GOP's Uphill Path to 270 in 2016." The Electoral College, claims Dan Balz, now gives the Democrats a decided advantage that will be hard for the GOP to overcome.
Jan 17, 2014
Like toddlers who believe they are the center of the universe, many in official Washington whine about the fact the American people don't devote more time to studying politics and talking about the things that matter in our capital city.