Majorities Oppose Any Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:22 pm

Americans oppose any cuts to the country’s largest social safety net programs in order to reduce the federal deficit according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll (PDF). Two-thirds of Americans want no reductions in Social Security, 59 percent want no cuts to Medicare, and 53 percent want no reductions in Medicaid spending. On the [...]

Ideology-Obsessed GOP Knowingly Courted Political Disaster with Vote to Privatize Medicare

By: Monday May 23, 2011 1:21 pm

When basically the entire House Republican caucus voted for Paul Ryan’s budget, which includes a “plan” to destroy the very popular Medicare program and replace it with insufficient private vouchers, I couldn’t tell if they made such a terrible political move because they were so trapped in their own ideological bubble that they actually thought [...]

McConnell Admits Bipartisanship is About Subverting Accountability

By: Friday May 13, 2011 10:07 am

This quote from Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell about why Democrats and Republicans should seek a “grand bargain” is one of the most honest and revealing statements about the problem with our political system. Via David Weigel: This was the year after the bipartisan agreement between Reagan and O’Neill raised the retirement age for [...]

Social Security “Fixes” Demonstrate Absurdity of Predicting 75 Years into the Future

By: Saturday April 30, 2011 6:00 am

Social Security currently is projected to be able to pay full benefits until around 2039, at which point current projections say it will start only paying seniors around 80 percent of what they should be getting. One would think having a program projected to be on a solid footing for the next 30 years would [...]

Obama Encourages More Hostage-Taking with Nod to Current Debt Ceiling Tactic

By: Friday April 29, 2011 11:53 am

When you give in to hostage-taking, you set a pattern that just encourages people to take more hostages, and ask for bigger ransoms every time. This is exactly what is happening thanks to President Obama previously declaring that he must give in to Republican hostage taking tactics. From the Hill: House Republicans are considering a [...]

Deficit Hysteria Aside, Economy Still Hard on Millions of Americans

By: Friday April 29, 2011 7:51 am

With Washington now terrifyingly obsessed with immediate austerity, despite the UK being a perfect example of how misguided such a move is right now, it is important for millions to realize that our economy is in no way back to stable. Two recent stories are great reminders that while the economy probably seems fine for [...]

Obama to Pre-Schoolers: Sorry I Had to Fire Your Teacher, But Now I Can Buy Almost 1/50th of a Tomahawk Missile

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 2:30 pm

I’m truly amazed that President Obama is willing to make a show of pretending to care about the issue of deficit reduction while literally, at the same time, increasing spending on a war kinetic military action with no clear end in sight in a country that even his Defense Secretary admits isn’t a vital interest [...]

Congress Again Flirts with Comically Unserious Automatic Deficit Triggers

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 10:40 am

It seems not only the President of the United States but a large bipartisan group of senators have developed a love for the comically unserious idea of automatic budget triggers. From Bloomberg: Proposals being circulated among the bipartisan “Gang of Six” Senate negotiators, and about 20 other lawmakers in both chambers, would set deficit-cutting targets, [...]

Durbin Declares Obama Deficit Proposal Left Edge of Debate

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 12:12 pm

It seems President Obama has succeed in shifting the deficit debate dramatically to the right. The right-of-center plan Obama laid out that relies on two parts spending cuts for every one part new tax revenue has already been declared the left extreme in the debate by top senate Democrats. From ABC News: Senator Dick Durbin, [...]

Paul Ryan Says He’s Not Playing Games with the Debt Ceiling, Which Means…

By: Monday April 18, 2011 10:58 am

Republican Paul Ryan, on “Face the Nation” last weekend, tried to somehow claim Republicans posturing about possibly not raising the debt limit unless President Obama and Senate Democrats give in to their demands wasn’t “playing games” with the debt ceiling. From CBS News: Ryan, in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, said [...]