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Matthew Reichbach (CC-BY)

The Tea Party Is Yesterday’s News

When will Republicans realize that the anti-government cries they think they hear from “the people” are the voices of no more than 20 percent to 25 percent of the electorate who constitute the die-hard conservative core?

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE



Rep. Perry's office

Pennsylvania House Takes Aim at Unemployment Payouts

Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives will consider a bill that would change the way unemployment benefits are calculated, taking almost $500 million out of jobless residents’ pockets each year.

Posted on May 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / thebigo

Infamous Colorado Anti-Tax Crusader Is Busted

True to form, the man who was instrumental in passing a radical anti-tax amendment to Colorado’s constitution got picked up by police on charges of tax evasion and fraud. (more)

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE



AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley

A Generation of Termites?

Indeed, in the guise of saving future generations from excessive federal debt, themes of national decay, egotistical greed and irresponsibility pervade the Ryan plan.

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeffrey Phelps

Watch Out for Ryan, Not Trump

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the media fascination with the potential presidential campaign of the great American phony, Donald Trump, has been helpful to the Republican Party. 

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE


Why ‘False Choices’ Still Matter

The idea that “false choices” are distorting our politics is under attack. I want to defend the concept for both substantive and personal reasons.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

U.S. Slapped With ‘Negative’ Credit Outlook

Standard & Poor’s, one of those ratings agencies that made a living signing off on toxic assets, has once again thrust itself into the spotlight by downgrading Uncle Sam’s credit outlook from “stable” to “negative.” As a consolation prize, S&P let us keep our AAA rating.

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 READ MORE


Budget Similarities

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Where Is the Exit?

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Step by Step Deficit Solution

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Democrats Can Win the Budget Debate

Having hesitated to fully enter the fiscal fray, President Obama has at last delivered a plausible, principled response to the budgetary flimflams of the far right.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE


Lines in the Sand

It was refreshing to hear all those unambiguous declarations from President Obama on Wednesday. If ever there were a time when lines desperately needed to be drawn, it’s now.

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Flickr / House GOP Leader (CC-BY)

Budget Bill Gets House’s Vote

Is this what bipartisan harmony looks like? Probably not, and considering the end product—a compromised budget bill—this kind of cooperation might not be desirable. That said, the House passed the bill Thursday that had brought the legislative process to a crisis last week.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE


Demanding the Impossible

Far-right Republicans are winning the budget wars because they understand something that nobody else in Washington seems to grasp: The old truism about politics being the art of the possible is no longer true.

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 READ MORE


Attack of the GOP Budget Rider Leeches

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Gubment Cheese

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Congress Dances to the Edge, Averts Shutdown

After an exhibition of political recklessness conducted in the face of an ominous deadline, congressional leaders reached an accord late Friday night that averted a shutdown of the federal government. The agreement was announced by House Speaker John Boehner, above.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


Ryan’s Plan Neither Serious nor Courageous

What the meteoric career of Paul Ryan demonstrates is how easily impressed we are whenever a politician purports to restore solvency by punishing the poor and the elderly (while coddling the rich).

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


Joseph Stiglitz on the Budget and ‘the 1%’

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz was Amy Goodman’s timely guest on “Democracy Now!” on Thursday, giving his much-needed perspective on the proposed 2012 budget and his must-read Vanity Fair article, “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

The Right’s War on Moderation

However the shutdown saga ends, the negotiating styles of the two sides ought to tell moderates that they can no longer pretend that the two ends of our politics are equally “extreme.”

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



Quinn Dombrowski (CC-BY-SA)

Government Agencies Prepare for Shutdown, Pols Fight Over Pocket Change

With the prospect of a government shutdown so real the White House has ordered government agencies to batten down the hatches, it’s hard to believe all this is over a few billion dollars. House Republicans are insisting on more cuts than President Obama has agreed to, and if both sides can’t get together by Friday ... (more)

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Arizona Wants to Punish Bad Health Habits

Budget-strapped Arizona is looking for new ways to pinch pennies. Now the state’s Medicaid agency is proposing to smack smokers and diabetes patients who ignore doctors’ orders with special $50 annual fees.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Libya, Budget Battle, GOP Lineup

President Obama’s speech about Libya was perhaps striking for what he said as much as for what he didn’t say. Did he say enough to sway public opinion? Also in this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center,” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley ...

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Reckless Republicans Win

The Republican minority within a minority is getting its way because nobody else in Washington is reckless enough to promote a government shutdown.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama, Meet Obama

Someone should introduce the Barack Obama who addressed the nation Monday on Libya to the Barack Obama who has been dancing around the edge of the budget fight.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Time for a Little Education

I’m a retired teacher and I’m pissed. No matter what form of media I look at, I’m confronted with constant references to the various budget crises. The crises are real, but the search for culprits has degenerated into a hypocritical attempt to score political points.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



Pat Arnow (CC-BY-SA)

Whose Side Is the New York Times On, Part 2

State personal income in New York in 2009 was $908 billion. Thus a flat tax of less than 1 percent would close the deficit entirely, without any spending cuts.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE


March of the Deficit Pandas

It’s possible to simultaneously worry about the debt and believe in an active and compassionate role for government. In fact, it’s required.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Afghanistan MIA From Deficit Debate

While Republicans race to cut spending, including outlays for education, health care and social services, they never mention one of the real reasons for the deficit: the cost of the war in Afghanistan and the mess we’ve made in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


The High Cost of a Broken Metaphor

“We’re broke.” You can practically break a search engine if you start looking around the Internet for those words. Just one problem: We’re not broke.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Beware of Arne Duncan’s Tricks

The statistical evidence is that smaller class size means better education, but smaller class size also means higher taxes. So Education Secretary Arne Duncan chose trickery to divert parents from the clear road.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Budget Showdowns, Libya, Newt in 2012?

This week on Capitol Hill, lawmakers passed a continuing budget resolution and prevented a government shutdown—for now. Also on this edition of “Left, Right & Center,” we have speculation about Newt Gingrich’s bid for White House glory ...

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE


For Governors: Responsibility Equals Invisibility

If you want to get national attention as a governor these days, don’t try to be innovative about solving the problems you were elected to deal with.

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE


The Battle of the Budgets: New Fronts in the Afghan and Iraq Wars

Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Idaho ... these are the latest fronts in the battle of budgets, with the larger fight over a potential shutdown of the U.S. government looming.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

Shutdown Looking Unlikely on Capitol Hill

The good news: It doesn’t seem as though disputes between congressional Republicans and their Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill and in the White House over spending cuts will bring the government to a standstill. The bad news ...

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Mideast and the Midwest

More strife in Libya, the Wisconsin Assembly passes a bill barring collective bargaining rights, the death of DOMA and a budget standoff in Washington. Buckle in for “Left, Right & Center.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


Uprisings: From the Middle East to the Midwest

As many as 80,000 people marched to the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison on Saturday as part of an ongoing protest against newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to not just badger the state’s public employee unions, but to break them.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

The Madison-Washington Connection

The demonstrators in Madison, Wis., are fighting to preserve American hopes for opportunity and security that conservative Republicans are trying to destroy. 

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


The Tea Party Is Winning

We are acting as if the only real problem the United States confronts is the budget deficit, the only test of leadership is whether a president is willing to make big cuts in programs that protect the elderly, and the largest threat to our prosperity comes from public employees.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


Budget Cuts

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Obama’s Budget: Freezing the Poor

President Barack Obama unleashed his proposed 2012 budget this week, pronouncing, proudly: “I’ve called for a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Brings Budget Plan to Captive Audience of Middle Schoolers

President Obama may have picked one of the only places in the country where delivering a speech about his new budget plan would be met with enthusiasm by visiting the Parkville Middle School and Center for Technology in Baltimore ...

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Plays It Down the Middle

Could President Obama’s newly unveiled budget—which includes, he claims, funding cuts to programs he supports—represent an attempt to win over some conservative constituents before Nov. 4, 2012?

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Be Luke Skywalker?

Welcome to the war over E2I2. The great budget battle of Bill Clinton’s presidency was waged around a slightly different set of initials, also inspired by the “Star Wars” character R2D2.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

Wisconsin Governor Moves to Gut Public Sector Unions

Gov. Scott Walker in cash-strapped Wisconsin is pretty sure he’s doing the right thing in trying to ram through a bill ending collective bargaining rights for most public employees. But, just in case, he’s putting the National Guard on alert.

Posted on Feb 12, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Mubarak Steps Down; Budget Wars

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned in the wake of massive anti-government protests that lasted more than two weeks. What’s next for Egypt after this historic revolution?

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


Bernanke
AP / Susan Walsh

Bad News Bernanke Strikes Again

As if the last couple of years haven’t been brutal enough, here comes Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke with the exasperating news that the job market isn’t going to markedly improve for “several years.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Nick Ut

State Budget Cuts Are Bad for Your Health

The budget cuts being proposed in state capitals around the country may sound vague and abstract, but what they boil down to are many scenes of misery.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE


Governor Laser Beam

The man once known as Governor Moonbeam sounded more like Governor Laser Beam when it came to addressing California’s fiscal crisis.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE


Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

In defense circles, “cutting” the Pentagon budget has once again become a topic of conversation. Americans should not confuse that talk with reality.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE


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