Simpson-Bowles Resurrected for House Budget Vote

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 11:49 am

The House vote on the budget will not just include an up-or-down vote on the Paul Ryan version. As per custom, several budgets will get a vote that day. The Republican Study Group introduced their budget, which slashed spending even further and more quickly than Ryan’s and cut Medicaid more deeply, today. Hardline conservatives who [...]

Democrats Realize Pro-Fraud Legislation Not in Their Interests

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 8:55 am

After both houses of Congress passed it, the White House is finally recognizing that the deregulatory bill they proposed and pushed is distasteful to liberals who have actually looked at it for longer than two seconds: White House allies are in an uproar over pro-business legislation embraced by President Obama, exposing a new rift in [...]

Before Retirement, Olympia Snowe’s Husband Dealing With For-Profit Education Corruption Lawsuit

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 11:34 am

We’re hearing all the paeans to Olympia Snowe today, that brave bipartisan moderate who was shamefully thrust out of Congress by extremists. The fact that Snowe had no credible challenger with two weeks before the deadline for filing doesn’t play into this, nor does the fact that she didn’t actually show the courage claimed in [...]

On Olympia Snowe’s Retirement, Americans Elect and Bipartisan Fetishism

By: Wednesday February 29, 2012 11:54 am

Olympia Snowe’s surprise announcement that she wouldn’t seek re-election to the Senate in Maine was so unexpected (she didn’t even tell her own staff), that it left every political figure in the state scrambling. You need a minimum of 2,000 certified signatures to get on the primary ballot, and the deadline is in just two [...]

Bipartisan Pols Tell Super Committee to “Go Big” on Deficit Reduction

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 12:55 pm

Over 100 members of the House and Senate, from both parties, tried to line themselves up on the sorrowful side of the failure of Super Committee today, holding a press conference urging a big deficit deal. Never mind the fact that a big deficit deal wouldn’t pass Congress. Never mind the fact that most of [...]

Pivoting Off the Pivot: Deficit Agenda Poised to Re-Enter Debate

By: Friday September 9, 2011 2:12 pm

The fact that Pete Peterson endorsed the American Jobs Act, and that he did so with a focus on an element not actually in the American Jobs Act, is pretty revealing. President Obama rightly called for the ‘super-committee’ to go beyond its $1.5 trillion goal and find even more long-term deficit reduction. The President made [...]

The Politics of the American Jobs Act Speech.

By: Friday September 9, 2011 8:15 am

OK, we’ve covered the policy of the jobs speech pretty well. What about the politics? Because that’s what the speech really was – a political argument in the face of a struggling economy, an intransigent opposition and an unclear re-election campaign. I think the consensus is that the President gave a strong speech, deficit mania [...]

Poll Numbers Show Public Prefers Revenue Solutions to Cuts, But All of Them Have Been Abandoned

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 12:17 pm

Let me show you some fun with polling. Pew asked a question that reflects what Barack Obama put forward in last night’s address: whether or not, in the debt limit debate, members of Congress should compromise to solve the problem. And 68% said yes, with just 23% saying that lawmakers should “stand by their principles, [...]

Obama Finally Asks Americans to Organize, for Compromise and Austerity

By: Monday July 25, 2011 7:28 pm

The President’s speech tonight from the East Room was designed for an audience of non-junkies who haven’t been obsessively following the twists and turns of the debt limit debate. Therefore, for junkies like me who have, not much of it was new. And many of us could hardly understand the point. For over half of [...]

And Another Thing on Obama’s Last Lecture

By: Monday July 18, 2011 6:10 am

At the risk of harping on a three-minute video, I want to respond to something from over the weekend. Steve Benen had a look at Barack Obama’s last lecture, and let’s just say he had a different reaction. But he made a point that I wanted to get to in my original post, so now [...]

Obama’s Last Lecture

By: Sunday July 17, 2011 3:00 pm

One of the more constant critiques of this Presidency is that Barack Obama has failed to teach a generation of willing listeners a story about his beliefs and his values, something that will outlast his term in office and provide a blueprint for the future. This isn’t true. He’s teaching a fundamental lesson. It just [...]

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