Tim Fernholz

Tim Fernholz is a former staff writer for the Prospect. His work has been published by Newsweek, The New Republic, The Nation, The Guardian, and The Daily Beast. He is also a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation.

Recent Articles

Reconsidering the Fiscal Commission's Tax Plan.

I'm surprised to see Howard Gleckman has a different interpretation of the Tax Policy Center's analysis of the fiscal commission's working paper than I did: "Paul Krugman & friends can rest easy. The Bowles-Simpson proposal is indeed an across-the-board tax increase-- and a fairly progressive one at that."

When The Weekly Standard Carps at Palin.

...what's that mean? Matt Labash, a writer at The Weekly Standard, the conservative magazine whose editor, William Kristol, kick-started Sarah Palin's national career, pilloried the Alaskan demagogue's new TLC show. A sampling:

Debt Vote Catalyzes GOP Infighting.

Looking down the legislative schedule, nearly everyone recognizes that a vote expected this spring to raise the country's debt ceiling will be an opportunity for posturing from critics of government debt and a test of the GOP's ability to govern responsibly. Raising the debt limit will allow the government to borrow enough money to fund its operations. Putative Speaker John Boehner is already encountering problems as he maneuvers his caucus toward the vote.

Melanie Sloan Leaves CREW For Lanny Davis.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics is known as a public-spirited organization that hunts for corruption in Washington. Today, its executive director, Melanie Sloan, announced that she was departing the organization to join the lobbying firm of Lanny Davis, the former Clinton White House counsel now best known for putting a liberal veneer on corporate policy and foreign dictators.

Bernanke: More Fiscal Stimulus, Please.

Today, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a speech in Frankfurt asking the U.S. government to do more fiscal stimulus:

"A fiscal program that combines near-term measures to enhance growth with strong, confidence-inducing steps to reduce longer-term structural deficits would be an important complement to the policies of the Federal Reserve," Bernanke said, adding that the Fed is "nonpartisan" and does not support specific tax and spending programs.