Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January.Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts.
Among other effects, cancer clinics in March began turning away thousands of Medicare patients being treated with expensive chemotherapy drugs, which the clinics say they can no longer afford.
President Obama had the opportunity this week to make an irresponsible Congress face the consequences of its own dumb actions. For reasons I cannot fathom, he took a pass.
A look at the day's political happenings, including Barbara Bush's surprising advice to son Jeb and Congress tries to fix air travel delays caused by the sequester.
The Financial Transaction Tax, or Robin Hood Tax, would generate more than $300 billion a year in revenue, thereby doing away with the need for the sequester currently forcing across-the-board budget cuts.
So far, the much-dreaded “sequester” -- some $85 billion in federal spending cuts between March and Sept. 30 -- hasn’t been evident to most Americans. Take a closer look, though, and many people are starting to feel the pain. They just don’t know it yet.
The difference between a natural disaster and a disaster caused by politicians is that the latter will almost always hit the poor and the obscure most heavily.
There are, believe it or not, grounds for hoping that the sequester, stupid as it is, might open the way to ending our nation's budget stalemate.
On his program Monday night, Jon Stewart said that the sequester, which took effect Friday, was like an "autoerotic asphyxiation" for Congress.