Mike Lofgren spent twenty-eight years working in Congress, the last sixteen as a senior analyst on the House and Senate Budget committees, which gave him an insider’s look at the Bush tax cuts, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Hurricane Katrina disaster relief, debates on the Pentagon budget, and the various deficit-reduction commissions.
Increasingly frustrated by the gridlock and partisan polarization in Congress, Lofgren left government service as the debt ceiling crisis of 2011 came to a boil.
His initial hit article as a private citizen, Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult, received over a million views on Truthout.com. Lofgren has expanded on that article in his new book, The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted. Since then, he has written numerous articles published in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, and other publications.
Lofgren has a B.A. and M.A. in history and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Universities of Berne and Basel, Switzerland.
Recent TV Appearances(To view in full screen, click the bottom right corner of the video)
Mike Lofgren on Dysfunction in Our Political Parties
Bill talks with Mike Lofgren, a long-time Republican who describes the modern dysfunction of both the Republican and Democratic parties. In Lofgren’s view, Republicans have become overly obsessed with obstructing President Obama, and the Democrats suffer from political complacency. View on PBS
Q&A with Mike Lofgren
February 21, 2014
Former congressional staff member Mike Lofgren talked about his book, The Party Is Over. In addition, he spoke about his op-ed piece on the memoir released by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Mr. Lofgren suggested that Secretary Gates' representation of Congress and the administration should be viewed as “grinding his axes.” He also shared his experiences from his 28 years as a congressional staff member.
Mike Lofgren, joins Bill to talk about what he calls the Deep State, a hybrid of corporate America and the national security state, which is “out of control” and “unconstrained.” In it, Lofgren says, elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. “It is … the red thread that runs through the history of the last three decades. It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war,” Lofgren tells Bill.