Mitt Romney Not Running For President

By: Friday January 30, 2015 10:11 am

No, Mitt Romney isn't running for president, despite multiple reports to the contrary: http://t.co/jgQWeOpbn4 pic.twitter.com/Xwldlbz80u — Poynter (@Poynter) January 30, 2015 Put the brakes on the bland wagon. Today Mitt Romney announced he will not be a candidate for president in 2016 saying “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it [...]

Mitt Romney Finding Little Support For 2016 Run

By: Thursday January 15, 2015 7:01 am

Former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced to supporters that he was exploring a run for president of the United States in the upcoming 2016 election. While it is not unprecedented for someone who lost the presidential race as the party’s nominee to gain the nomination again it is rare. The view is, [...]

The Unending eToys.com Bankruptcy

By: Thursday January 1, 2015 9:10 am

Though it technically went bankrupt in 2001, the online retail company eToys.com has weaved in and out of the news for over a decade. The news is never good and today is no different as a previous trustee in the bankruptcy case is making public accusations of impropriety and double dealing by those managing the [...]

Timothy Geithner Goes To Wall Street To Cash In

By: Monday November 18, 2013 10:17 am

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has, predictably, cashed in his favors to Wall Street by joining a financial services firm, Warburg Pincus. According to a press release from the private equity firm, Geithner will be President of the company and a Managing Director as well as a member of the Executive Management Group. In other words, [...]

The Electoral-Industrial Complex: Fortunes Made by Consultants on Campaign Spending

By: Monday November 12, 2012 10:50 am

It’s been amusing to see the Republican base recognize that they’ve been had in this election, their money stolen by big-talking operatives. I think Rick Perlstein put it best in his story in The Baffler that conservatism has become an elaborate mail-order scam, directed at the target demographic for such scams, gullible seniors. When the [...]

Boehner Opens Grand Bargain Negotiations By Proposing the Romney Plan

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 6:26 am

I touched on this yesterday, but let’s take a closer look at John Boehner’s opening offer on revenue, designed to avoid the fiscal slope (it’s not a cliff). I think it will become familiar to you if you look at the exact language. For the purposes of forging a bipartisan agreement that begins to solve [...]

Election Day Thoughts About the Debate We Never Had

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 7:09 am

To those of us who follow policy on a daily basis rather than following POLITICS when peer pressure demands it of us, watching the spectacle of the last week before an election has become like the period where frat boys started coming to Nirvana concerts. It’s the same, but also completely corrupted and sad. And those of us with that awareness know that the major result of this election will be maneuvering on fiscal policy, the content of which was virtually non-existent in the campaign.

Republicans Attempt “Vote for Us or We’ll Tear the Mother Down” Closing Argument

By: Friday November 2, 2012 11:34 am

Implicit in Mitt Romney’s closing argument for the election is the idea that only he can stop House Republicans from destroying the economy: “Unless we change course, we may well be looking at another recession,” Romney told a crowd in West Allis, Wisconsin. Romney said that Obama “promised to be a post-partisan president, but he [...]

Jeep Auto Workers Fear for Their Jobs After False Romney Ads in Ohio

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 12:19 pm

Mitt Romney’s latest play for Ohio – which remains the touchstone of the entire election, desperate plays for Minnesota and Pennsylvania aside – apparently involves straight-up lying about the intentions of Chrysler to “build Jeeps in China,” to the extent that Jeep factory employees are calling their managers wondering if they still have a job. [...]

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.

Late-Campaign Pledges Show American Mythologizing of Business

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 8:30 am

Just as a reminder of how captured our government has become, President Obama has embarrassingly floated the prospect of a Secretary of Business for his second term. First of all, we already have a Secretary of Commerce, which is pretty much an irrelevant federal agency. So much so, in fact, that the President has proposed [...]

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