The true value of hard work is not earning enough

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 1:30 am

Well, what a thorough surprise.

Executive Orders: A Fair Ranking of Presidents From Least Active to Most Active

By: Monday March 17, 2014 6:30 pm

The claim that the President has issued an unusual amount of Executive Orders during his time in the Presidency has been addressed by John Conyers and his staff using data made available by The American Presidency Project. Conyers’s graphic is slick and shows the President as issuing the second least number of Executive Orders out of the last 11 Presidents beginning with President Eisenhower. That rank of number 2 out of 11 certainly gives the lie to the Republican claim that the President relies on Executive Orders more frequently than most or all of his predecessors.

But it still fails to provide a true historical perspective on where he fits among most presidents on relative activism as measured by the Executive Order indicator, and in particular fails to illustrate how relatively few Executive Orders have been issued by this president compared to others since the beginning of what might be called the modern period of the activist presidency.

The United Face in Palms of America

By: Friday March 7, 2014 1:30 am

Well, it’s not like sexual assault issues are a problem in the military or anything.

How to Restore the Good Name of Government

By: Friday February 21, 2014 5:40 pm

Why is it that Washington village “progressives,” and their associates in other parts of the country who are nevertheless part of the Washington village culture, often ask useful questions, but, almost always deliver, underwhelming answers?

What That Letter Should Have Said

By: Thursday February 20, 2014 3:55 pm

On Valentine’s Day, Senator Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the President, authored by himself and signed by 15 other Senators, all Democrats. The letter was a response to the rumors that the President intends to include his Chained CPI proposal to cut Social Security benefits in the budget he will soon send to Congress.

Dear Dr. Krugman: Please Let Me Explain

By: Saturday February 15, 2014 11:15 am

Paul Krugman can’t explain why the deficit issue has suddenly dropped off the agenda.

Does the Debt Ceiling Have to Be Raised?

By: Friday January 31, 2014 6:40 pm

Lately, the word out of Washington, DC from the plugged in people is that there will be no debt ceiling crisis coming up before the election. Politico says so, and so does the National Journal. MSNBC also agrees.

But not so fast, says the Washington Post, echoing the Wall Street Journal provided the House Republicans can agree on “. . . an extortion demand.” If they can, then we wll have another debt ceiling crisis.

What does it sound like when the Beltway cries?

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 1:30 am

Man who will never get nominated, apparently can no longer be elected. Somehow breaking news.

Delayed Deliveries Are Not a Crisis

By: Sunday January 5, 2014 6:40 pm

A short shopping season of less than 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, combined with extraordinary numbers of deliveries and extreme weather problems caused thousands of packages not to be delivered by Christmas. For some media, this was the top story.

But that’s not a crisis.

Because Mississippi and Texas didn’t have a dickweed who did it first…

By: Friday December 27, 2013 1:30 am

That “outreach” thing is going better every day.

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