strong op ed by Lt Col Alexander Vindman, (ret)

just up at the website of The Washington Post,  and titled Alexander Vindman: Coming forward ended my career. I still believe doing what’s right matters. Here is how he begins: After 21 years, six months and 10 days of active military service, I am now a civilian. I made the difficult decision to retire because…

Joe Biden and Why America Needs a Strong Progressive Movement

Joe Biden and Why America Needs a Strong Progressive Movement photo: Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at Sunday’s debate at a CNN studios in Washington, D.C.(Evan Vucci / Associated Press) | Los Angeles Times By Alan Minsky, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America In the second half of Sunday’s…

The reports of Trump's “strong economy” come from being given a stronger one that he's squandered

Trump may have been squandering Obama’s strong economy. (2018) “The benefits of this strong economy and sound financial system have not reached all Americans.” Economists call them leading economic indicators because they measure the early influencers on growth. In October 2019, they report that the economy is faltering slightly. It has slightly slower growth, low unemployment, and inflation is below…

No, it's not a “strong economy”, it's actually slowing as Trump keeps lying

2020 will continue Trump’s lying and incessant touting about an economy that has underperformed with the growth given him by PBO. Numbers artificially propped up by deficits and tax cuts will result in a potentially catastrophic and looming recession. Trump’s “trade war” has contributed to global slowing. With the new year right around the corner, it’s…

DOJ actually found strong anti-Hillary bias at the FBI

Donald Trump has gone on and on about the “insurance policy” supposedly undertaken by the FBI that was allegedly meant to keep him out of office. In the process, he’s made Peter Strzok and Lisa Page household names. But the new inspector general report actually unearthed plenty of anti-Hillary Clinton bias in the form of — oh,…

There is a strong moral case for a wealth tax

and one can see it in Nick Kristof’s New York Times column today. Allow me to offer a framing, if I may, before getting to the column. And this will NOT be about limiting the influence of excessive wealth upon our political processes. That is an argument for another posting. Rather my framing is this…