Wishing We Were Wrong

We see little chance that the next president and congressional leaders will take sensible steps to improve the economy for all Americans. We may not be Nostradamus, but we’ve been compiling an impressive track record of accurate predictions over the past year.  We correctly predicted that ISIS would adopt a “far enemy” strategy before the Paris ...

Gritty Civics: Is it time for the first organized write-in campaign for President?

For centrist reformers, the answer is almost certainly “yes.” With Donald Trump securing the Republican nomination in Cleveland, and with Bernie Sanders reluctantly burying the hatchet with Hillary Clinton in exchange for her increasingly leftward march, the November ballot will include the names of the two most disliked presidential candidates in U.S. history. Under these circumstances, many ...

Grading the Presidential Candidates on the Environment

Only two candidates get passing grades by offering environmental positions that are reasonably consistent with generational justice and economic opportunity – the core components of the American Dream. Donald Trump purports to be the presidential candidate who will bring back the American Dream. Millions of voters believe him. But is he really the champion of the American Dream? Is ...

Grading the Candidates on Social Security Reform

Only one gets a passing grade. The remaining presidential candidates’ positions on Social Security reform can be grouped into three camps: (1) status quo – Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump (politics does indeed make strange bedfellows); (2) massive expansion – Bernie Sanders; and (3) nonspecific reform – John Kasich.  Beyond enjoying the wry smile that may have been induced by ...

Coming Apart at the Seams

The Two National Political Parties are Unraveling. The two national political parties are unpopular, increasingly out of touch with Main Street Americans, and shrinking. These facts alone suggest that their days are numbered.  But each Party’s lack of internal coherence will cement its demise.  As recent events have shown, the factions that comprise each party are ...