Bruce Fisher is director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies at Buffalo State College, where he is visiting professor of Economics. He lives in Buffalo, New York, where he served as deputy county executive from 2000 to 2007. He was Research Director for Citizens for Tax Justice, and spent a decade in Washington as a speechwriter and consultant for Democrats including the late Paul Simon, Joseph Biden, Carol Moseley Braun and Bill Clinton. He wrote Growth and Equity: Tax Policy Challenges for the 1990s. His essays and op-eds have been published in Artvoice, the Chicago Reader, the New York Times, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Albany Times-Union, the Hartford Courant and other newspapers and magazines. Bruce Fisher writes a weekly column on politics and policy for The Public. He is also a commentator for the National Public Radio affiliate in Buffalo.