Eric Cantor’s $3.5 Million Wall Street Job isn’t Just for Cantor, it is for Everyone Still in Congress

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 8:21 am

Bribing people with big bags of money or expensive gifts is so 20th century. Not only is it gauche to carry around suitcases full of hundred dollar bills, it is also stupid. Basically the only time American politicians ever get in trouble for corruption is when they accept really expensive Rolexes while in office or [...]

America’s Other Other Other Other War: Somalia

By: Tuesday September 2, 2014 6:54 am

Because why not attack another country; US forces conduct operation in Somalia: Pentagon http://t.co/tqK26dYZWi — Peter Van Buren (@WeMeantWell) September 2, 2014 So much time is spend talking about our military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, our drone operations in Pakistan and Yemen, and the possibility of airstrikes in Syria that the fact that we [...]

Americans Overwhelmingly Support Requiring Paid Vacations

By: Friday August 29, 2014 12:04 pm

In honor of Labor Day weekend here is an important reminder of how poorly we treat the American work force. The United States is the only advanced country in the world which doesn’t guarantee workers a paid vacation, but that isn’t because the idea is unpopular. An overwhelming 75 percent of Americans think companies should [...]

Pennsylvania to Expand Medicaid

By: Friday August 29, 2014 10:25 am

After much negotiation, Pennsylvania is finally going to take part in the Medicaid expansion which was part of the Affordable Care Act. From ABC News: A half-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get federally funded health insurance after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday approved the state’s plan to [...]

What Consumer-Driven Health Care Really Means

By: Friday August 29, 2014 8:20 am

The much touted goal of “consumer driven” health care ends up being people struggling alone through an incredibly complex set of rules and fighting with a private insurance industry that has every incentive to make the rules as confusing as possible so you end up paying more than you should. Over at the New York [...]

Congress Must Vote on Military Action in Syria

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 7:09 am

Now that it sounds like President Barack Obama is moving towards direct involvement in the war in Syria it is critically important for Congress to do their duty by weighing in officially. There is no immediate and pressing danger to Americans, which means there is time to take the issue to Congress, so it must [...]

Sen. McCaskill: No Federal Grants for Police Without Body Cameras

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 8:41 am

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has a pretty good idea for improving police departments around the country. She wants to greatly increase the number of police wearing body cameras by making it a prerequisite for getting federal grants. From CNN: Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that police officers across the country should be required to [...]

It Sounds Like Obama is Moving Towards Airstrikes in Syria

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 7:14 am

There has been no official word on whether or not the United States Government will use airstrikes against ISIL but it definitely sounds like President Obama is moving in that direction. First, on Friday Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes let it be known that when dealing with ISIL, “we’re not going to be restricted [...]

Obama Defenders Will Never Let the Filibuster Myth Die

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 9:57 am

The most annoying and ultimately destructive defense of President Obama’s legislative record is to constantly cite the filibuster myth. It is the argument that poor weak Obama couldn’t do anything without 60 votes in the Senate. The latest in a long line of examples comes from Jonathan Chait’s criticism of Cornel West. But West, and [...]

Americans Support Government Not Paying Ransom for People Kidnapped by Militants

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 9:11 am

According to a new Reuters-IPSOS Poll, 62 percent of Americans agree with the government’s policy of refusing to pay ransom for Americans kidnapped by militant organizations. Only 21 percent disagree with the policy and would be open to paying ransoms. Many European countries have taken a different approach and do pay ransom in exchange for [...]