AOC is heckled, makes it a teaching moment on how funding cuts are designed to divide us.

AOC was hosting a town hall in her district and was talking about public schools. She talked about her dad getting into Brooklyn Tech (one of the selective NYC high schools). AOC then asks why every school can’t be like Brooklyn Tech, why NYC only has a handful of such selective high schools. She was […]

Wilbur Ross and Mark Meadows are deer in headlights during hearing with Cummings and AOC

Wilbur Ross arrived for his Oversight committee hearing with all the false confidence of a billionaire who’s operated with impunity for decades. During the hearing, Ross claimed that his attempt to insert a citizenship question into the 2020 census was: Not influenced by Steve Bannon and Kris Kobach, both of whom urged him multiple times […]

Meritocracy at work: CEOs & celebrities indicted for bribing their kids way into elite colleges.

We are constantly told that this country is a meritocracy.  Actress Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens charged in a nationwide college entrance exam scandal, according to court documents filed in Boston on Tuesday.Several NCAA D-1 college coaches have also been charged in the scandal.Documents show those indicted allegedly paid millions in bribes […]

Who we think about when we think about domestic policy.

Who you think about when you think about domestic policy affects your priorities and the conclusions you reach. We know who Republicans are thinking of, their country club buddies and billionaire masters. For other politicians, it’s people like the fictional “Bailey family” of Long Island, who are relatively well-off and seem to obsessively worry about the price of gas. I […]

AOC asks why we don’t treat “human capital” creation at least as well as real-estate speculation. Our ancestors knew this and translated it into actual policy (with flaws of course). Which is why they enacted the Land Grant Colleges act in 1862, funding institutions in each state through the grant of public lands: each State which may take and claim the benefit of this act, to the endowment, support, and maintenance […]

AOC explains how corruption on Capitol Hill works, in a 5 minute “lightning round game”.

If we are going to make progress on an ambitious progressive agenda, we will have to shine sunlight on the vested interests that have held back such change in the past. That means explaining, clearly and in an engaging format, how exactly corruption and influence work on Capitol Hill. That’s what AOC did today with […]

Why we still need Bernie to run in 2020.

An array of impressive candidates have announced bids for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Most have adopted the signature measures of Bernie’s campaign: Medicare For All, climate justice, a return to free public college and a living wage. Many seem relieved to have shaken off the strictures of third-way politics that have constrained Democrats for a […]

Why do we have billions for jails, but “can’t afford” to provide college education?

A recent tweet from Bernie Sanders prompted this post. Bernie is asking an essential question here about priorities and how we sustain and develop our people. For too long, our political vision has been shrunk by right-wing fear-mongering and this has led to detrimental results to our people and a real cost in human […]

Majority of Republicans now support Medicare for All, GOP responds by stoking xenophobia, racism.

The Senate’s Medicare For All bill is co-sponsored by Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and over a dozen others. The House version of the bill has 123 co-sponsors. Seventy percent of Americans say they support Medicare for All. This platform is a winning message. It wins over all voters, even Republicans. Yes, that’s right, even […]

Jared Kushner has paid no income tax for years, while making millions.

Jared Kushner is a multi-millionaire slumlord who evicts and harasses low-income tenants to line his own pockets. He is also best buds with Mohammed Bin Salman, a 30-something despot nicknamed “Little Saddam”. Salman is  waging a war on Yemen that has killed thousands of children and malnourished millions. He is also reported to have personally ordered the killing of WaPo journalist Jamal […]