Flimflam artist vs. the green eyeshade

by Jane Chastain -- The response to the annual State of the Union address usually receives about as much attention as a quilting contest. If the State of the Union address is more…

The tragedy tramps

by Jane Chastain -- I call them "tragedy tramps," those who would seek to capitalize on human suffering. The events in Arizona have made us sick to our collective stomachs. Even as more…

2010: The good, the bad and the ugly

by Jane Chastain -- In 2010, the U.S. suffered through another 12 months of weak economic activity, record home foreclosures, high unemployment and financial uncertainty. Nevertheless, there were many seminal events that more…

The reasonable celebrate the season

by Jane Chastain -- Nativity scenes featuring Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus lying in a manger, surrounded by shepherds and wise men, are a familiar sight this time of year. They more…

Angry Santas

by Jane Chastain -- It's that time of year. Every child knows that Santa is watching his or her every move. He's making a list and checking it twice. He's going to more…

The stinking, dirty, rotten, stingy, evil rich

by Jane Chastain -- President Obama reached a compromise with the Republican leaders of Congress over extending the Bush tax cuts. Grudgingly, he agreed to include the "evil rich." Although Obama failed more…

Cutting the federal government down to size

by Jane Chastain -- Everyone has a plan to cut the government down to size, eliminate the deficit and – harder, much harder – pay off the national debt. Here's mine. It's more…

Thanksgiving, the inoculation against fear

by Jane Chastain -- These are difficult times. The recession is technically over, but few Americans are optimistic about the future. It's little wonder when so many have lost their homes, their more…

What's that smell coming from D.C.?

by Jane Chastain -- If you are going to clean out a refrigerator, you start with the part that smells. In Washington, it's pork, not in the frig, but on Capitol Hill. more…