What’s the cost of high living?

The rich aren't merely different from you and me... they're ridiculous! The uber-rich, I mean, the billionaire barons of Wall Street who literally live above the real world and are clueless about the gross i... Read more...

Where is AI driving us?

With chaos in the White House, worsening climate disasters, more wars than we can count, and a wobbling economy here at home, the last thing we need is another big challenge. But – look out! – here comes a doo... Read more...

How far-out is Trump’s war policy

If you think our government’s war policy has become out-of-this world cuckoo – consider the spaciness being proposed by the cosmonauts on Spaceship Trump. Read the full commentary here. ... Read more...

Should you have to pay to protest?

Ideally, elections are about ideas, but these days policy discussions are being shoved aside by raw partisanship and vitriol. Not only are good ideas ignored, but very bad ideas can become public policy withou... Read more...

Special gifts for special people

Ho-Ho-Ho, wait till you hear about the gifts I gave to some of America's power elites for Christmas. To each of our Congress critters, I sent my fondest wish that from now on they receive the exact same inc... Read more...

What would a real president do?

Instead of the rule of law, the Trumpistas prefer to rule by fear. Take immigration. "An invasion," screeches The Donald, "a national emergency!" "The caravan is coming" he clucks excitedly, including "crim... Read more...

Trump’s Post Office

Donald Trump is really quite good at one special skill: Branding. He has slapped his name on a ridiculous range of consumer merch – from teddy bears to a urine test. His policies and behavior, however, have... Read more...

Have you heard the news? Poverty is over!

Someone needs to buy a Grassroots USA tour package for the members of Donald Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, so they can at least visit the real world once in their lives.

Avoid Amazon’s “Cyber Monday,” and buy local

It’s “Cyber Monday” – get out there and buy stuff! But you don’t actually have to go anywhere, for this gimmicky shop-shop-shop day lures us to consume without leaving home, or even getting out of bed.

Where did Thanksgiving come from?

Thanksgiving – let’s eat! America's most food-focused holiday traces its roots back to the abundant feast that Pilgrims and Indians enjoyed together in the fall of 1621.

Spookinomics

Trump's White House seems to be both spooked... and spooky.

Beware of the Real Gremlins This Season

Once again, we enter the long season of winter darkness, and this year we are beset by back-to-back waves of spooks. First came the little costumed goblins on Halloween, seeking sweet treats from us. Cute!

Should you have to pay to protest?

Ideally, elections are about ideas, but these days policy discussions are being shoved aside by raw partisanship and vitriol. Not only are good ideas ignored, but very bad idea can become public policy without the public knowing it.

A bawdy house of bad right-wing ideas

If you're wondering where Congress' next truly bad idea will come from, keep an eye on a secretive far-right-wing outfit called ALEC – the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Empowering the people

Is it possible to get public policies out of our political system that benefit common people rather than moneyed elites?

Front porch politics

If you despair that a mysterious plague of incurable political knuckleheadism has swept our country, turning previously progressive white working-class people into mindless Trump worshippers, check out this report: "The Promise of a Progressive Populist Movement."

Have you heard the news? Poverty is over!

Someone needs to buy a Grassroots USA tour package for the members of Donald Trump's Council of Economic Advisers, so they can at least visit the real world once in their lives.

How far-out is Trump’s war policy

If you think our government's war policy has become out-of-this world cuckoo – consider the spaciness being proposed by the cosmonauts on Spaceship Trump.

Putting traumatized immigrant children out of sight

In June, our immigrant-bashing president ordered an end to his own warped policy of forcibly tearing terrified migrant children from the arms of their asylum-seeking parents. Trump declared "I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated."