Category Archives: Budget and Economics

Posts pertaining to taxes and the economic system.

An Endorsement With an Asterisk


Written for the Huffington Post, published October 31, 2012: It felt almost as surreal as it did cold. I was a shivering, wonderstruck ninth grader. He was just minutes into his turn at the helm of the world’s most powerful … Continue reading

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Wet and Quickly Drying – An Explanation of the Year’s Changes, A Proposal for Next Steps


As featured on the Huffington Post: The life we know hasn’t changed much since December 27 of 2010. Murky smog still poisons the air I breathe in Los Angeles. A snapshot of the New York skyline taken today will match … Continue reading

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An Afterthought No More – How the Occupy Movement Can Become Politically Effective


Just after arriving at Union Station this afternoon, on a return trip from San Diego, I was driving through downtown Los Angeles. My parents, younger brother and I sped away from the train stop. Past Disney Hall. Past the Colburn … Continue reading

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Flake in Chief – Why Rick Perry’s “Executive Experience” is a Relative Term


As featured on the Huffington Post: Questionable executions and Ponzi scheme conjectures aside, Rick Perry and his proponents have hammered one talking point a little harder than most others: the candidate’s executive experience. Conservative advocacy group “One Term President” – … Continue reading

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The Irony of Framing the Debate – How Extremism Puts Things into Perspective


This piece won’t be as long as usual; it’s just a thought I had. In the wake of recent debates and campaign stops, it has quickly become clear that the Republican presidential field generally errs on the side of political … Continue reading

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When the Mountain Mumbles – The Other Harry Truman and Why He Matters Now


My grandpa likes to tell a story about a man who lived on a mountain. The man’s name was Harry Randall Truman (no relation to the former president) and the mountain was Mt. St. Helens in southern Washington. Truman, an … Continue reading

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Back to the Basics – What Boehner is Forgetting at the Negotiating Table


In Washington, a temporary budget has been agreed upon, but the debate is really just beginning. No matter what happens at the negotiating table in the weeks and months to come, conservative rhetoric – “cuts, cuts, cuts” – will not … Continue reading

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