Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

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Obama’s Broken Resolutions

Don't believe in the "enthusiasm gap"? Spend some time with the right-wing faithful. Then stop by a protest against Guantanamo.

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.

Iowa: The People’s Caucus

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

The Indestructable Osprey

Many agree that the V-22 Osprey is a major bust, so why does the government keep authorizing spending on it?

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.

Palm Trees in the Snow

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

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.

The US Military Budget

There is broad consensus that a ‘multipolar’ order will emerge in coming decades, in which the US will have to compete for alpha-dog status within different regions with rivals.

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.

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.