Thomas Mills

Thomas Mills

Republicans have a number of talking points about the coronavirus and the economy, none of which will help them in November.

Watching the response to the coronavirus turn political is a little disheartening but it’s also very illuminating.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 13:42

COLUMN: A party unprepared to lead

The Republican response to the pandemic hitting our country right now has been pathetic. They lie about it, profit off of it, protect the rich, and screw the working class. When the pitch forks come out, at least they’ll know where to go this time. 

Despite Joe Biden’s success on Super Tuesday and his likely nomination, the Democratic primary has exposed the leftward shift of the country. Last night on stage with Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, Biden called himself a “bridge” between this generation and the next generation of leaders. And the next generation will be far more progressive than those who have governed in the 40-year wake of the Reagan Revolution. 

Joe Biden has had the most extraordinary 48 hours of any politician in recent memory. He entered the South Carolina primary on life support, knowing that a loss or even narrow victory would likely end his campaign. He came out with a stunning victory that instead ended the campaigns of Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar. 

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:23

COLUMN: Tar Heel State trending blue

Yesterday, I wrote a piece describing what I called Bernie Sanders’ path to victory. I don’t mean that I believe he will win the state, but he does have a way forward that might work. It’s grounded in the youth vote. It’s that vote that will turn North Carolina blue in the coming decades. 

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 17:29

COLUMN: Shifting the tax burden

Sales taxes are regressive. They take a larger percentage of money from low income families than they do higher income families. That’s why liberals in North Carolina howled when the Republicans running the legislature reduced the income tax rate on the highest earners and replaced it with a sales tax on services. 

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 15:35

COLUMN: The problem with Bernie Sanders

Over the past week, I’ve had several discussions with supporters of Bernie Sanders. In their arguments, they keep coming back to the point that they believe Bernie has the right prescription to fix what ails America. I don’t disagree with much of their analysis of the problems. I disagree with their belief that enough other Americans will agree with them or that the argument in a general election will play out to their liking. 

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 15:41

COLUMN: Tillis stands for nothing

The attacks ads against Thom Tillis should be brutal. And they probably should have started by now. I hope the national Democrats are up for this cycle. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 13:17

COLUMN: Thoughts on the NYT endorsement

On Sunday, the New York Times endorsed both Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for president. Or at least to become the Democratic nominee. The endorsement comes at a time when Warren is trying to settle a high-profile dispute with Bernie Sanders and Klobuchar is struggling to gain enough momentum to stay in the race. 

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