Mark Trahant
10/11/11

There are many ways to look at America’s shift into the Era of Contraction. Budget numbers tell part of the story. Words of elected leaders tell yet another. Add to that, the stories of real discontent told by ordinary people and reflected by both the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street....

Mark Trahant
9/27/11

I drove across the Northwest this past weekend. A 1,700-mile trip from Idaho to Seattle, returning via rural roads in Washington, and freeways in Idaho and Montana. Along the route I looked at places and wondered, how will life change during the Era of Contraction?...

Mark Trahant
9/21/11

It’s nearly impossible to know when a new political era has begun for certain....

Mark Trahant
9/12/11

President Barack Obama must sell a complex idea to a Congress that prides itself on simplicity....

Mark Trahant
8/30/11

It sounds reasonable: Why not just cap federal spending? Make every agency operate with the money that’s already there. This notion has common-sense ... yet it is impossible in practice....

Mark Trahant
8/23/11

So far, most of the government’s austerity movement has been theoretical. We know the federal budget is shrinking, but the evidence of that has been slow to surface....

Mark Trahant
8/16/11

It’s a hell of a way to run a country....

Rob Capriccioso
8/11/11
Mark Trahant's slim volume , The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars , is a fascinating read—so much so that Indian Country Today Media Network's Rob Capriccioso gave the author a...
Mark Trahant
8/8/11

The late historian Barbara Tuchman described the ineptness of government decision-making in her book, ...

Mark Trahant
8/2/11

There’s nothing like deadline to produce a deal: The president and congressional leaders reached an agreement over the weekend to increase the nation’s debt limit, cut federal spending, and create a powerful committee charged with finding even more budget cuts....

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