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

Over to You, John Roberts

The future of American democracy may literally come down to the decisions of one man, Chief Justice John Roberts. That’s because all of Trump’s efforts to place himself above the law—stonewalling subpoenas, telling his people to defy contempt citations, making dictatorial claims about executive power—will eventually end up in court. The Supreme Court. And as we all know, the current court is divided 5-4, with five far-right toadies and four beleaguered liberals. Though one of the five, Roberts, occasionally [...]

By |2019-05-16T00:51:48-04:00May 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Which the Superb Tom Edsall Gets One Big Thing Wrong About Unions

New York Times contributing columnist Tom Edsall is a national resource. In column after column, he provides encyclopedic research both scholarly and journalistic, extended interviews, astute insights, and hard questions for progressives on politically urgent topics. His most recent column, on the political consequences of the decline of unions, is no exception. As Edsall demonstrates, the Republican right’s strategic war on unions has been devastating to Democrats, since union members and union families, with their sense of solidarity and [...]

By |2019-05-01T22:00:43-04:00May 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spare Us the Ghosts of Smoot and Hawley!

One of the enduring myths of American economic history is that the Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1930 deepened the Great Depression. Here’s James B. Stewart in Friday’s New York Times. After Smoot-Hawley was passed, Stewart solemnly warns, other nations retaliated and exports “plunged 61 percent from 1929 to 1933. … [T]he ensuing trade war exacerbated and prolonged the hardships of the Great Depression.” The only problem with this received wisdom is that it has been thoroughly debunked by the respected dean of trade historians, [...]

By |2018-03-12T10:07:23-04:00March 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our thoughts and prayers

One possibly redeeming consequence of the latest massacre of school children is that the scapegoating of mental illness and the parade of politicians who take NRA money expressing “thoughts and prayers” for dead children and grieving parents are wearing thin. It’s time to take over the national narrative. These are not “shooters.” They are domestic terrorists. And this is not about balancing gun rights with other rights. It’s about keeping our children safe. As I suggested the other day in this space discussing [...]

By |2018-02-20T16:31:46-05:00February 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Alabama: One More Assault on Voting Rights

Just in case we needed one more thumb on the scale of today’s Alabama Senate election, how about this: The Alabama Supreme Court last night inserted itself to block a lower court ruling requiring election officials to preserve ballots, in case of challenges to voter suppression or even a just plain recount. In Alabama, about 85 percent of ballots are recorded digitally, and the lower ruling required the preservation of digital images. Ironically, Roy Moore, the Republican candidate, served [...]

By |2018-02-07T13:15:25-05:00December 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments