The Swamp is Swampier Than Ever

Whether you liked him or not, or voted for him or not, Donald Trump won the election in 2016, in part, with a promise to shake up the way Washington, DC works. But, one year to the day of his inauguration, the federal government was shut down in the most Washington way possible: nine members […]

The Politics of a (Potential) Shutdown

Let me let you in on a little secret.  Among the bluster and drama of the looming potential shutdown, nearly none of it has to do with legitimate arguments about spending and policy. Most of the fights and talking points have everything to do with the election in a little more than nine months. Republicans […]

The GOP’s Tax Plan Pickle

I’ve been in a few offices of Congressional Republicans that have devoted a screen to a running ticker of the national debt. You can find similar charts all over the internet of small government advocacy organizations. GOP Leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said reforming (i.e. cutting) taxes […]