Trump picks coercion over diplomacy, but does it work?

The Trump administration’s aggressive use of economic sanctions reflect “a brand new reality that has never been seen in modern times,” according to Liz Rosenberg, a former senior adviser at the Treasury Department. “President Trump has completely conflated economic sanctions and commercial policy,” said Gary Haufbauer, another former Treasury Department official. “I don’t see that … Read more

U.S. budget: $14 million for nuts, $19 million for psychiatry

Every once in a while, I dig into the federal budget to see how the government is spending our tax dollars. Federal agencies reported spending $118,720,386,231 from Oct. 1, 2018, through July 8, 2019. We spent a lot for fruits and vegetables – $234,694,749.05 – but even more for bombs. The generic bombs listing in … Read more