Apparently, concerns about government abuse of civil liberties depend on who is in control. While Republicans and Independents disapprove of the Justice Department’s obtaining the AP phone records, a plurality of Democrats support it. From Pew: The Republican and Independents who have heard the most about it disapprove of it the most strongly, while better [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday May 21, 2013 9:23 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 16, 2013 6:51 am|
The best part about Washington’s new obsession with scandals is that it seems to have killed any hopes for a grand bargain in the near future. Congress has only so much bandwidth to deal with issues and it looks like most of that time will be consumed by “investigations.” In addition, while Republican are in [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 15, 2013 7:03 am|
The most amazing part of the press conference yesterday is when Attorney General Eric Holder turned the fear mongering up to 11 while trying to defend the way his department went after the AP’s phone records. From Holder (via WSJ) Well, you know, as I said, I don’t know all that went into the formulation [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 19, 2013 7:07 am|
There is yet another poll showing that a majority of Americans oppose President Obama’s efforts to cut Social Security benefits by adopting the chained-CPI. The poll also found that American people overwhelmingly think raising the Medicare age would be a bad idea. Only 30 percent favor gradually raising the age while 59 percent oppose it. While our political leaders still seem to be enamored with making old people poorer, it is good to see the American people have roundly rejected two of the worst ideas proposed in Washington.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 28, 2012 9:29 am|
This recent AP/GfK poll on Social Security has gotten some attention, and I thought how it was worded needed to be addressed. The first question was fine. It ask if people would rather raise more taxes or cut benefits to improve the Social Security trust fund. A majority, 53 percent, said they prefer to raise [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 4, 2011 9:18 am|
Instead of playing the part of a news organization that informs the American public, the “fact checkers” at the AP have sadly decided to label as “facts” things that aren’t true about what Congress can or cannot do. This fact check about the Republican presidential candidates’ claims about repealing “Obamacare” is simply deeply and profoundly [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 21, 2011 3:27 pm|
The ACA, for all of its faults occasionally gets it right. The new rules for Medicaid eligibility are one of those times. More older folks will qualify for the program and anything that moves people out of the private insurance to public insurance is a good thing.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday April 5, 2010 8:25 am|
Time and again, I get sucked in to doing some panel on “the death of journalism” and I wind up saying the same thing: journalism isn’t dying, it’s just changing. Which winds up pissing everyone off, because the room is usually full of dead tree journalists who are either unemployed or scared about losing their [...]