Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

U.S. Politics / Elections rss

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Iowa: Republican for a Day

The neighborly good cheer of the caucus I attended was almost enough to make me forget, at least for a few moments, that I was sitting four rows up in a set of bleachers packed full of rabid conservatives.
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Iowa: The People’s Caucus

As caucus craziness reaches its peak in Iowa, the Occupy movement has not been left out.
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The Indestructable Osprey

Many agree that the V-22 Osprey is a major bust, so why does the government keep authorizing spending on it?
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War: The Wrong Jobs Program

The real question is not whether the government should spend on job creation. It is whether the government has been spending well.
NI-June2011

Palm Trees in the Snow

There are no palm trees in Wisconsin. And public fiscal problems were not caused by union greed.
NI-May2011

The Wealthy Wage War

Public sector unions are among the only institutions that still stand against the unchecked influence of corporations. And they are under attack.
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U.S. Military Spending Marches On

How on earth do you get a bipartisan consensus against cuts and for stimulus? Call it the defense budget.
NI-January2011

The Hole in America’s Middle

The unshakable notion that everyone in the country is middle class has helped push us ever closer to a society where nobody is.
NI-December2010

Moneyed Unexceptionalism

The expanding rights of corporate “people” are creating an ever-greater gap between America's democratic ideals and political reality.
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The Midterms and Misery Theory

A contribution to a Dissent magazine symposium on the 2010 midterm elections.