Tea Party

As the government shutdown continues well into the second week and we rapidly approach our debt ceiling, it’s hard not be cynical about the political process and our government, generally. After all, Congressmen are still getting paid while thousands of government employees are not. And, it’s not...
The Tea Party crazies are at it again in Washington, making John Boehner and Eric Cantor look like flexible moderates by comparison. While Boehner and Cantor want to avert a government shutdown—which is the last thing the GOP needs right now—extremist members of the House stand ready to bring the...
The facts of the IRS case are complicated, but seem to boil down to a bunch of tone deaf civil servants doing a dumb thing, according to the findings of an internal probe by the Treasury Department. Regardless, though, it truly is alarming to imagine an IRS that targets some nonprofits for scrutiny...
There is crazy and then there is this: Tea Party activists have taken to calling local and state efforts to control sprawl and conserve energy a vast UN-led conspiracy to deny property rights and create “A one world order.” Uh, what? The Tea Party claims that the U.S. is using the UN...
They may not have the most solid grasp of history, but the Tennessee Tea Party was clearly paying attention in English lit when they read George Orwell's classic 1984: "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past." Earlier this month, Tea Party...
Where is John Maynard Keynes when you need him? While mainstream economists have long agreed that government spending is crucial for stimulating demand amid economic downturns, many elected leaders have pushed for the exact opposite approach—trying to slash government spending just when we...
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