Emergency Management Makes the Case for Government

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 9:15 am

Whatever the failings of political leadership on both sides of the aisle, there’s still a residual belief in the validity of government on the Democratic side that simply does not exist on the Republican side. In times like this, where the effects of FIRE sector lobbying doesn’t come into play, you see that difference in the proper role of government shine through. In order for this to become definitive, however, all government programs have to show the same diligence and dedication. One program like HAMP can wipe out years of proper actions in organizations like FEMA.

Romney to Donors: All Obama Voters “Dependent Upon Government”

By: Monday September 17, 2012 3:28 pm

The hidden camera moment of this election cycle comes not from the long-awaited Michelle Obama Whitey tape, but from a fundraiser for the Republican nominee. Mother Jones’ David Corn has obtained video – catnip for 24-hour news networks – of Romney speaking at a gathering of high-dollar donors, wherein he gave his strategy for the [...]

More Examples of Government Failure-by-Design

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 9:40 am

Let’s turn to one of the hallmarks of what passes for executive leadership in late empire: the bold announcement of voluntary programs. Every so often, across my desk comes a press release touting a bold new “crackdown” on some set of malfeasance, or the announcement of a policy that will “put hundreds of thousands back [...]

FDA Seeks “Voluntary” Limits on Antibiotics in Livestock

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 10:18 am

I think you have to look at this new FDA announcement, that they will seek “voluntary” limits for antibiotics in animal feed, must be seen in a few different contexts. First, here’s Ezra Klein convincing me about the importance of this issue: This might not seem like a huge deal to you. But it is. [...]

FCC Poised to Pass New Local TV Disclosure Requirements for Political Ads

By: Monday April 9, 2012 10:15 am

Here’s some potentially good news. I wrote back in January about an FCC proposed rule that would force local TV stations to put the results of the political ad spending on their airwaves online, rather than in an obscure filing room at the station that few people ever see. This would increase the transparency of [...]

Court Ruling Would Mandate Disclosure on Some Campaign Ad Spending

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 6:55 am

Obviously the case below hasn’t reached the terminus of the judicial gauntlet yet, and given the Citizens United ruling it’s a candidate for being overturned. But the Supreme Court will now be given the opportunity to be as good as their word. In that ruling, they said that any issues with their ruling could be [...]

It’s the Judicial Intervention that Matters, Not Just Health Care

By: Monday April 2, 2012 9:35 am

Do read Jeffrey Toobin on last week’s Affordable Care Act arguments. I care less about what the display last week means for the individual mandate or health-related laws in the particular – laws that I’m concerned won’t work anywhere nearly as well as advertising by some of the most ardent defenders – than I do [...]

Auto Rescue Now Popular

By: Friday February 24, 2012 10:26 am

One interesting side product of all these campaign controversies is that they have enabled public awareness of a variety of issues in ways that the Administration’s messaging operation never seemed to master. For instance, the birth control flare-up has forced recognition that, as part of the Affordable Care Act, women have the right to universal [...]

White House Wants Authority to Reorganize Federal Government

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 10:22 am

President Obama has asked Congress to provide him with the authority to consolidate multiple federal agencies, the next step on a plan announced earlier in the year to reconstitute the Commerce Department and several other agencies as a trade and economic competitiveness department. In a letter to John Boehner, Jeffrey Zients, the acting director of [...]

Warren, Brown, Sign Pact Banning Third-Party Ad Spending in MA-Sen

By: Monday January 23, 2012 2:21 pm

Antonin Scalia thinks that everyone should be blamed but him for the hash that the Citizens United decision, among other things, has made of the campaign finance system. Super PACs have raised more than $30 million just three races into the 2012 presidential race, according to the website opensecrets.org, run by The Center for Responsive [...]

Latest “We Can’t Wait” Initiatives Extremely Small-Bore

By: Friday October 28, 2011 10:15 am

The Obama Administration announced its latest in the “We Can’t Wait” campaign today. Previous efforts included an FHFA initiative to expand refinancing options for underwater borrowers with Fannie and Freddie-backed loans, a challenge to get community health centers to hire veterans, and a plan to consolidate two types of federal student loans, and to accelerate [...]

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