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Democrats Prepare Articles of Impeachment

Today’s headlines, surreally, include the Democrats unveiling articles of impeachment against President Trump—and lining up to support a revised version of his remake of NAFTA. It remains to be seen who rolled whom. Over the course of several months, Democratic negotiators pressed Trump’s trade officials to improve the deal Trump negotiated. The revised deal, now endorsed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Ways and Means Chair Richie Neal, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, reduces patent protection for prescription drugs, makes [...]

By |2019-12-30T18:46:53-05:00December 30th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

A Multi-Ballot Convention

My friend and co-founder Paul Starr and I have agreed and disagreed on a number of issues over the years. Our arguments have usually produced light rather than heat. In that spirit, here is one more: Paul wrote a provocative piece in late November titled “How Bloomberg and Sanders Could Decide the Democratic Race.” His contention was that candidates who seem unlikely to be nominated themselves are staying in the race in the hope of influencing the final choice of nominee; [...]

By |2019-12-09T17:50:16-05:00December 9th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Charter Schools and The Times

I made an error in my On Tap post last week on the New York Times feature piece on black public opinion and charter schools. My post criticized the Times for publishing a page-one story with an exaggerated headline, “Minority Voters Feel Betrayed Over Schools.” The Times piece cited a poll showing black support for charter schools at 47 percent. My mistake was to infer from this figure that black support and opposition were about equally divided. As one of the story’s authors pointed out in an email, [...]

By |2019-12-04T00:15:14-05:00December 4th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

The Times: In the Tank of Charter Schools

The Times ran an overwrought and overwritten front-page story Wednesday under the breathless headline, “Minority Voters Feel Betrayed Over Schools.” Betrayed? The headline on the jump page where the story continues is even more exaggerated: “Minority Voters Chafe as Democrats’ Charter School Support Wanes.” The piece reads as if it were dictated by the charter school lobby. Read the story very carefully, if you bother to read to the end, and you will learn that some black and Hispanic voters see [...]

By |2019-12-04T00:13:10-05:00December 4th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Bloomberg and Patrick: Gifts to Warren

Whatever the Democratic field needed, it wasn’t a socially liberal Wall Street billionaire hoping to buy the Democratic nomination. Donald Trump got elected in large part because working-class voters considered Democrats too liberal on social issues and not giving a damn about the way elites were thriving at the expense of ordinary working people. Mike Bloomberg is perfect—for Trump: very liberal on the environment, guns, etc., and very protective of the business model that produces billionaires like himself. He’s [...]

By |2019-12-04T00:12:17-05:00December 4th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

A Bogus Takedown of Warren’s Wealth Tax

The New York Times piece today on the projection by the Penn Wharton Budget Model that Warren’s proposed tax would reduce growth manages a rare trifecta. It discredits both the model and the Times for playing it straight, and demonstrates the need for a very different brand of economic policy and analysis. The model projects that by raising taxes on the very wealthiest, Warren’s tax would cut growth by two-tenths of 1 percent. But a model is only as good as its assumptions. Among [...]

By |2019-12-04T00:10:03-05:00December 4th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Lets Hear It for the Deep State

Well, my sometime pal Steve Bannon sure got one thing right. What stands between Donald Trump and outright tyranny is the deep state. Just look at the witness list for the impeachment hearings: one foreign service officer after another—not a profession noted for attracting left-wingers, but for the most part honorable and principled people. And when Trump tried to take over agencies of government with police powers, to use as his own private spying and operations forces, he ran [...]

By |2019-12-04T00:09:05-05:00December 4th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Going To Pot

Back in the day, the idea was to decriminalize marijuana. Smokers could get their stash from small-time dealers, with much of the stuff homegrown, and nobody would be prosecuted. That, in any case, was the pipe dream. But somehow, the pot crusade morphed into full-blown legalization, which was followed by corporatization. And now, of course, the corporate guys are screwing up what was once a nice, modest thing. And so we have everything from payoffs to politicians for coveted [...]

By |2019-12-04T00:07:55-05:00December 4th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

How to Lose the Latinx Vote

The term Latinx is supposedly needed as a gender-neutral word to describe voters of Latino or Latina origin. For the most part, pressure to use Latinx comes from Anglo radicals and liberals, not from Hispanics. Now, a reputable pollster has confirmed that most Latinos and Latinas—98 percent, to be precise—don’t like the word. For starters, Latinx violates the architecture of the Spanish language. Spanish solves the gender problem in its own way—using a to indicate female, and o to signal male. You got a problem with that? [...]

By |2019-11-10T14:42:22-05:00November 10th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP|0 Comments

Campaign 2020-The Story The New York Times Doesn’t Want To Tell

The New York Times featured a centerfold of its weekly Sunday Review section, billboarded “How to Beat Trump in 2020: Four Opinion Writers Show the Way.” This should be good, I thought. It wasn’t. One piece, by Melayne Price, was headlined “Electrify the Youth.” Yes, sure, but based on what mobilizing themes? Pryce cited various identity groups, but not the galvanizing issues. The second piece, by David Leonhardt, was titled “To Beat Trump, Focus on Corruption.” This is true, as [...]

By |2019-11-10T14:42:50-05:00November 10th, 2019|Kuttner on TAP, Uncategorized|0 Comments