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."

How stupid are we?

War is hell. We've learned that over and over from the hundreds of thousands of deaths, uncountable maimings, torturings, wastings, and other horrors our soldiers have experienced in the multitude of wars in this century alone.

The shame of climate-change deniers

Shame is that queasy feeling you get when you realize you've done something improper, ridiculous... or just flat-out contemptible. But it's socially invaluable, for feeling ashamed is a built-in jerk alarm, keeping most of us from doing the same embarrassing thing again.

Cowboys for Liberty

What's in a name? By definition, the name of a person, place, or thing is its personal designation... a distinct way of being known to others. Unless, of course, it's the opposite – a label meant to disguise who or what a person or thing really is. In other words, a fake name.

How many tweety birds does it take to Tweet the truth?

In CorporateWorld, when trouble pops up and things get sticky, CEOs don't wring their hands and try to dodge the issue. No-sir-ee, the chief gets paid the big bucks to step forward confidently and seize control... by ringing up the company's PR consultants and having them try to dodge the issue.

How to make Labor Day matter again

It's practically unanimous: Nine out of 10 establishment economists agree that America's solid job growth and the low unemployment rate truly mak- ours "The Land of Opportunity."

Celebrating Labor Day

Workers of America, rejoice! As our nation celebrates Labor Day with backyard cookouts, fun at the beach, or simply kicking back in a La-Z-Boy and doing several rounds of 12-ounce elbow bends – we can all take comfort in the happy news that our economy is whizzing!

Help save America’s public post offices

The US postal system has 30,000 outlets serving every part of America it employs 630,000 people in good middle-class jobs, and it proudly delivers letters and packages clear across the country for a pittance. It’s a jewel of public service excellence.

Media Monopoly… or Democracy?

Monopolies are not merely un-American, they're virulently anti-American, suppressing our fundamental values of fairness and opportunity for all.

America’s War

America's political history has been written in the fierce narrative of war. Not our country's many military clashes with foreign nations – but our own unending war for democracy in the USA.

Trapped in The Donald’s Cuckoo Nest

Insanity reigns. The inmates are now officially in charge of the national asylum. Hidebound Donald Trump partisans keep insisting that their man is not certifiably insane, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.