Bill Black: What Obama Could Do Now

By: Tuesday October 12, 2010 8:27 am

I’ve been asking numerous people what Obama could do now, without needing the approval of Congress, to address many of the serious problems facing the country.

Bill Black responds:

Question: What Things Can Obama Do Now?

By: Monday October 11, 2010 8:31 am

Right now the country is facing serious unemployment and foreclosure crises, among other problems. In his role as chief executive, without the need of congressional approval, what could Obama do immediately to address these issues?

How Blanche Lincoln Is Not Like Norma Rae

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 8:40 am

The commentary regarding the Lincoln/Halter race continues, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Glenn Greenwald: “What happened in this race also gives the lie to the insufferable excuse we’ve been hearing for the last 18 months from countless Obama defenders:  namely, if the Senate doesn’t have 60 votes to pass good legislation, it’s not [...]

Obama Asks Republican Senators To Put Their Jobs In Jeopardy For The Benefit Of Democrats

By: Friday January 29, 2010 6:32 am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama clearly laid out the logical reason why his push for bipartisanship is inherently doomed. [I]f the Republican leadership is going to insist that sixty votes in the Senate are required to do any business at all in this town, then the responsibility to govern is now [...]

“60 Votes” — It Was Always Bullshit

By: Saturday January 23, 2010 8:59 am

Now the apologists are peddling the “it’s this or nothing” false choice, as if their “60 vote” myth didn’t just explode. How is it suddenly Raul Grijalva’s fault if he stands firm and won’t accept a hideous bill crafted on the imperative of getting Joe Lieberman’s vote, which isn’t necessary any more?

51: it’s the new 60.

Tell the House Progressives to stand firm: keep your word and vote “no” on the Senate bill.

Countdown To Full Congressional Shut Down: One Year

By: Monday January 4, 2010 12:17 pm

We are one year away from when the 112th Congress will be sworn in, and that is why I’m beginning a countdown to full Congressional shutdown. When Democrats lose their 60-vote super-majority in the Senate, our entire Congress will effectively stop working altogether. All indications point to this year being a good election for Republicans. [...]