When Congress, the president and the media run roughshod over popular will and citizen action, small-d democracy pays the price.
Did the press do a fair job on covering Obama's tax deal compromise? What does the tax deal really mean for America?
The sight of Bill Clinton back at the White House podium defending tax cuts for the super-rich was more a sick joke than a serious amplification of economic policy.
Do Democrats compromise too much? Should they be more ideologically cohesive?
Will the tax deal result in Keynes-style stimulus? Washington Editor Christopher Hayes and Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, break down Keynesianism and what it says about Obama's tax cuts deal.
The payroll tax cut sounds attractive, but the consequences could prove deadly for the federal government's most popular program.
Republicans have spent their postelection victory lap fearmongering over the deficit. But now they've insisted all Bush tax cuts be extended, at great price to the national debt.
Obama got the Republicans to agree to an extension of unemployment insurance and a tax credit for low-income workers. As a progressive economist, I'm defending his deal.
Everyone knows that Obama wants to whack Social Security benefits to lure Republicans into a deal on raising taxes. In that case, keep Alan Simpson on the commission on reducing the federal deficit—his tasteless zingers are doing more harm than good.