Silicon Valley Makes Another Attempt To Dodge Taxes With G20

By: Monday January 20, 2014 8:29 am

Silicon Valley likes to present itself as some hub of boot strapping entrepreneurs, nothing could be further from the truth. The entire economy is built on government subsidies and protection. As Steve Blank notes in his famous presentation The Secret History of Silicon Valley the place would not even exist without the Department of Defense [...]

Pelosi Says Chained CPI Would Strengthen Social Security

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 7:45 am

Republican craziness has stopped a deal from happening on the fiscal slope, and really nothing else. Because here’s Nancy Pelosi yesterday on chained CPI, a benefit cut to Social Security recipients that happens to be regressive and more painful as people age: Q: Members of your Caucus are organizing against the chained CPI that the [...]

The Neglected Issue of the Invisible Poor

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 8:25 am

Poor people don’t vote. At least, they don’t vote in proportion with their share of the population. And they certainly don’t “vote” in the sense that politicians would notice, by attending thousand-dollar-a-plate dinners and contributing to their campaigns.

Low-Productive Congress Finishes Spending Bill, Beats War Drums With Iran on Way Out the Door

By: Monday September 24, 2012 6:19 am

The Senate passed, by a 90-1 count, an “Iran containment” resolution that creates that “red line” Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded for recently. And, it puts the red line for Iran’s nuclear program at a nuclear capability rather than a nuclear weapon, a shift from current Presidential policy.

House Committee Passes Resolution of Disapproval for HHS Welfare Waivers

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 10:57 am

The House Ways and Means Committee passed a resolution today that would overturn the Administration’s new welfare waiver policy under an oversight law called the Congressional Review Act. Another vote is expected in the House Education and the Workforce Committee later today, at which point the resolution could head to the floor of the House. [...]

GAO Clears Way for Congressional Votes on Disputed Welfare Waivers

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 1:51 pm

The Government Accountability Office has issued a ruling on the Obama Administration’s offer of waivers on the welfare program, which Republicans have falsely claimed would “end the work requirement for welfare.” The GAO ruling could lead to a Congressional up-or-down vote on the rule change, and may even force President Obama into an uncomfortable position [...]

Lying in Post-Fact America

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 6:21 am

Last night, I considered firing up my Commodore 64 (yes, that’s what I use, what else is out there?) and documenting all the lies in Paul Ryan’s RNC convention speech. I could join TPM and The New Republic and The Daily Beast and Huffington Post and Wonkbook and probably half a dozen more. I could [...]

Republican Campaign Was Always Going to Highlight a Race-Based Appeal

By: Monday August 27, 2012 10:59 am

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Lots of people are talking about Chris Matthews teeing off on Reince Priebus today, accusing the GOP of “playing the race card” against the President. Mitt Romney’s birther joke, their blatantly false ad accusing the President of removing the work requirement from welfare [...]

More on the Irrelevant Welfare Debate in the Presidential Campaign

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 11:01 am

This welfare dustup in the Presidential election, as I said earlier in the week, generates a lot of heat as an argument while being irrelevant to the actual issue. Newt Gingrich, the architect of welfare reform in the 1990s who has been employed by the Romney campaign as a spokesman, admitted last night that there’s [...]

Romney Attacks Obama on “Gutting Welfare Reform,” But Nobody Notes that Welfare Reform Failed

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 12:23 pm

The issue of welfare reform has been germinating on the right for a few weeks now, ever since the Obama Administration granted waivers that conservatives claim would subvert the work requirements under the program. Now this has spilled into the Presidential race, as Mitt Romney (who I thought was planning on running a laser-focused campaign [...]

Bid to Restore Food Stamp Cuts Fails in Senate

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 8:15 am

Hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients will lose at least $90 a month in benefits, after an amendment to the farm bill failed badly in the Senate. The Senate overwhelmingly rejected a bid to preserve some $4.5 billion in food stamps funding, as part of the massive farm bill, on Tuesday. The amendment to [...]

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