Against the Grain: What are we waiting for? Washington shows the country why it’s time for a third party

Good news: you no longer have to read Waiting for Godot – Samuel Becket’s drama about characters who drift through life without purpose, waiting for a resolution that never comes. As Peter Coy has pointed out, we’ve all been living inside Washington’s theatre of the absurd for a little while now. Continue reading

John Boehner is in Charge of The Country What Will the Speaker of the House Do?

No one in Washington has covered themselves in glory over this government shutdown. But there is one man who has emerged with all the influence he could have asked for, and it’s the same man who most of the Washington establishment reserves so much of their professional scorn for. I’m talking, of course, about the little-loved Speaker of the House, John Boehner. Continue reading

Everyone is to Blame, But Some Are More to Blame Than Others With Few Adults in the Room, Gov't Shuts Down

Happy government shutdown! After years of flirting with the idea, folks in Washington have finally gotten their act together and failed to pass spending authority for the federal government. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill failure of leadership, this is really exceptional stuff.
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The Think Tank: Fixing America in 5 Not-So-Easy Steps

Here are five ideas that would work to make things better and help get past the budget showdown. Now, if only Washington was still in the business of proposing solutions. Continue reading