Obama Seems to Realize if He Fails Now He Could Become the Worst President Ever

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 7:58 am

I’m happy that President Obama’s and Congressional Democrats leaders’ reaction to John Boehner’s offer to seek a grand bargain to get out of this current crisis was to basically laugh in his face. Obama has been very public about saying he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling, but this flat out refusal to entertain [...]

GOP Floating the Idea of Using Debt Ceiling to Defund Obamacare

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 10:02 am

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is out pushing for a government shutdown to force President Obama to repeal Obamacare, but House Republicans may take this crazy idea a dramatic step farther. They are apparently floating the idea of using the debt ceiling vote as leverage instead. From Reuters: U.S. Republican lawmakers, who staunchly oppose President Barack Obama’s signature [...]

The Next Debt Ceiling Deal Will Likely Be Much Worse

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 1:41 pm

There should be no doubt that one of the most dangerous aspects of this current debt ceiling deal, is that it set a precedent for Republicans turning every future debt ceiling increase in the future into another hostage situation to force spending cuts. As Republican Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell put it: “What we have [...]

Calling Obama’s Bluff

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 7:20 am

Last night the Republicans offered to do a short term increase of the debt ceiling to prevent default and President Obama angrily dismissed it, according to the Huffington Post: At issue was Cantor’s repeated push to do a short-term resolution and Obama’s insistence that he would not accept one. “Eric, don’t call my bluff. I’m [...]

Obama’s Debt Ceiling Veto Threat Has a Credibility Problem

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 11:02 am

The White House has been trying to maneuver everyone into reach a big austerity deal, but I simply can’t see Obama carrying out his short term veto threat unless the administration had been lying other aspects of the debt ceiling issue.

Is There Any Legitimate Constitutional Defense of the Debt Ceiling Vote?

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 2:00 pm

Is a vote to raise the debt ceiling the same as questioning the validity of U.S. debt? A plain reading of the Constitution certainly indicates this argument has some legs.

Alan Simpson: Cutting Social Security Benefits to “Take Care of the Lesser People in Society”

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 4:02 pm

Each time the Catfood Commission holds its secret meetings, Alex Lawson of Social Security Works has been outside with his camera, shooting video of the closed front door as FDL runs a live stream on our front page. The Washington Post wrote it up recently.  As committee members go in and out of the room [...]

Obama Leads the Way on Lobbyist Transparency

By: Friday January 29, 2010 7:41 am

Per the Hill, the White House is asking for tougher restrictions on lobbyists just as the President said in the State of the Union speech the other night. Which is a very good thing.

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