That the country faces a crisis of scarcity, and that this means we should take more from those who are struggling, seems to silently undergird much mainstream media discourse.
William Rivers Pitt of Truthout: Paul Ryan could offer up a recipe for bean dip and get it passed, and it still would be dead on arrival in the Senate.
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Mike Lofgren is a former congressional staff member who served on the House and Senate budget committees. His new book, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, appeared January 5, 2016.