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.

FDL Movie Night: The Waiting Room

By: Monday December 10, 2012 5:00 pm

For the uninsured, ERs are the only resort for last minute health care as well as being the go-to place for major medical emergencies, and tonight’s film, The Waiting Room–along with with its smart website featuring extra storytelling footage–takes us inside 24 hours at Oakland’s Highland Hospital, where the dedicated staff handles everything and everyone–the majority of whom are uninsured–with dignity and care, despite overcrowding, lack of beds, and trauma cases which pull staff away from the “routine” emergencies–sore throats, back and chest pain, patients running out of medication–and into life and death situations of gunshot wounds.

The Central Question Posed by the Great Crash

By: Saturday April 21, 2012 4:00 pm

The Great Crash posed one question for this country: who would bear the losses? Would it be the banks that caused the problems? The officers, directors and shareholders of those banks? Their careless counterparties? The investors who bought the fraudulent real estate mortgage-backed securities and the complex spin-offs? The owners of capital who threw money into hedge funds and other exotic investments expecting a geyser of money in return?


Dayen’s Roundup from Valentine’s Day, 2012

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s news roundup from Valentine’s day includes stories you might have missed about Boehner’s House, mortgage settlements, Federal Reserve’s [non] enforcement, safety net, Obama’s budget, Nancy Brinker, Liz Warren, Crazy Pete Hoekstra, Herman Cain, Romney’s Maine win, Israel, India, and more.

From Statistics to Graphs to People

By: Saturday December 31, 2011 9:14 am

As 2011 comes to a close, millions continue to be without a job, and far too many haven’t had a job for at least half of the year.

To the MOTUs, these are statistics; to me, they are the people I see almost every day. They are my neighbors, my parishioners, and my friends. For them, my new year’s wish is that they find the jobs they so desperately seek. For the MOTUs, my new year’s wish is that they pay the taxes to fund the safety net my neighbors, parishioners, and friends so desperately need.

My Safety Net Story

By: Monday September 26, 2011 4:15 pm

The Reader’s Digest version of my story goes like this:
For almost 20 years I worked as a Union Carpenter building concrete forms on bridges, high-rises, and commercial buildings. The work was heavy, dirty, and dangerous, and I loved it.

In March 2007 I started getting what I thought was just a migraine. It wouldn’t go away and I started having pain in my neck and numbness and pain down my right extremities. I ended up having three of the vertebrae in my neck removed.

I have been unable to work since this all started.

Congratulations, Graduates, Or Should I Say Condolences?

By: Saturday April 30, 2011 9:00 am

Tomorrow is May 1, and college graduation season is almost upon us. Seniors everywhere are writing their last papers, taking their last exams, preparing for the end of their college careers, and probably crying about the employment situation. College placement officers might as well be grief counselors.

For the last three years, the unemployment picture has been Ugly with a capital U, especially for those graduating from college. The Economic Policy Institute’s new paper “Class of 2011: Young workers face a dire labor market without a safety net” is a depressingly accurate take on what they face.

Glad I’m not a commencement speaker this year.

How to Destroy a Society

By: Sunday April 24, 2011 11:00 am

Societies collapse suddenly. Maybe the hyper-rich can find one of their trained seal economists to prove they don’t.

Dear America: You and Your Future Are Under Siege

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 3:50 pm

Decades ago, when we understood we were at war, the ratio of government debt to the economy was vastly larger than it is today. We used deficit spending to win the war and save the economy. Yet we defeated the world’s most evil regimes and emerged as the strongest nation in the world. Despite that debt, or actually because of the foundations it set, we embarked on one of the greatest, most broadly shared expansions of human prosperity in history. Today’s nihilist coalition doesn’t want you to know that.

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