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Texas Star in front of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

$16,752. This is not a down payment on a home purchase or the cost of a used car with low miles. This is the recent electric bill charged to the credit card of Scott Willoughby, a retired Army veteran living in a Dallas suburb. As if the energy blackouts and water failures resulting from last week’s catastrophic winter storm weren’t enough for Texans to endure, now many who were fortunate enough to maintain power are being buried in sky-high electric bills.

This winter storm and subsequent avalanche of infrastructure failures are emblematic of a larger failed governing approach that too…


Four years ago, the nation was contending with immense and widening income and wealth inequality during an economic expansion that should have ushered in prosperity for all. The Trump administration’s major policy response to this challenge was an unpopular $2 trillion tax cut proposal that primarily benefited corporations and the wealthy.

The public responded by using tools intended to give ordinary people a voice in our democracy. Grassroots groups organized rallies on Capitol Hill and across the country. They flooded the Capitol switchboard with calls to their representatives and senators, telling them to vote “no” on the tax bill. We…


“This you?”, as regular users of Twitter know, is a popular retort when a user is brazen in their hypocrisy or unaware of irony.

Besides a heavy sigh and vow to double-down on advocacy for progressive tax policy, it, momentarily, was the only response we could muster in response to tweets last week from Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla).

Sen. Cruz last Saturday declared that the GOP “is and should be” the party of the working class. Calling this a fable would be too generous. During the summer, Cruz railed against extending federal unemployment insurance (UI) benefits


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The last few weeks have been a rollercoaster, to say the least. The presidential election’s results will have a major and lasting impact on the direction of federal policy. But President Trump’s baseless claims that this election was “stolen” from him through “fraud” will have an effect that lingers long after President-elect Joe Biden has left office. By sowing doubt about the legitimacy of votes not in his favor, the president and his enablers are striking at the heart of America.

It’s an unprecedented escalation of conservatives’ ongoing effort to undermine trust in government — an approach that they have…


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Taxing the rich is not a radical idea. For nearly 30 years, a majority has supported higher taxes for those at the top. Since 1992 when Gallup began asking the question on surveys, the share of respondents saying the wealthy pay too little has never been less than 55 percent.


Last week, President Trump said he would seek to lower the corporate tax rate to 20 percent in his second term, calling it an “even number.”

It’s worth taking a step back to examine why, in the throes of a health and economic crisis, the president is suggesting more tax cuts for corporations. One in three adults is at risk of eviction or foreclosure. And millions whose health insurance was tied to a job they lost no longer have coverage. It makes zero sense to inject tax cuts for corporations into the public discourse right now. Corporations already made out…


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Within a matter of weeks, the Supreme Court may be dominated by a 6–3 conservative supermajority that will stonewall our nation’s progress on countless fronts. Reproductive rights are almost certain to be challenged and likely to be one of the first items on the chopping block. But the damage will be much more far-reaching than any one issue.

Lives could be imperiled should the Supreme Court strike down the Affordable Care Act and curtail access to health care. Our planet’s health could be threatened through aggressive judicial action against environmental regulation. And American democracy itself could come under siege through…


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Two new studies revealed that 8 million people have fallen into poverty since CARES Act aid dried up. Any promise of additional relief was dampened yesterday after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not consider a deal between House Democrats and the Trump administration, instead opting for a much smaller package that fails to respond to the extent of this crisis and has no chance of passing the House.

Every day, news pages are filled with stories on record-high unemployment rates, people across the country battling to make housing payments or put food on the table. The words…


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President Trump is attempting to make an additional round of much-needed economic relief contingent on his winning another term in office. Fortunately, he doesn’t have that power.

But the effort is a disgraceful abdication of his and other Republicans’ responsibility to the people who elected them to serve. In March, lawmakers came together and passed the CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion package that helped families stay afloat and prevented poverty from spiking. The bill was far from perfect (Congress should repeal its giveaway to millionaires, for example), but it demonstrated how government can work for ordinary people.

One round of…


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Wanton disregard for the American people. Hostility. A preview of what’s to come. There is no one word or phrase that can accurately describe the spectacle that tens of millions of us witnessed last night. Like many of you, we tuned in to the first presidential debate prepared to listen to some semblance of a serious discussion about where the candidates stand on key policy issues. Instead, the verbal barrage left us intellectually depleted. Kudos to anyone who could sleep like a baby after that onslaught.

Instead of serious answers about kitchen table issues, the public got a preview of…

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