Yesterday we may have witnessed the single best argument against the filibuster. An effort to pass a bipartisan amendment on expanded background checks failed because it only got 54 yes votes to 46 no. Only with the insane rules that govern the Senate is such a failure possible. This is maybe the least controversial proposal [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 18, 2013 7:06 am|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday January 18, 2012 12:18 pm|
For most of its history America has had a two party political system. It now appears we also have a two realities system, illustrated by our perceptions and trust of Fox News versus other major media. From PPP survey on TV media trust: -Democrats trust everything- except Fox News. NBC does the best with them [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 10, 2011 9:55 am|
The Democrats on the Super Committee, in their efforts to reach an deal with Republicans, have offered a new deficit reduction package and just like their last offer this one also contains cuts to Medicare benefits. From Politico: Supercommittee Democrats quietly floated details late Wednesday of a $2.3 trillion tax-and-cut proposal that includes $400 billion [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday July 22, 2011 9:01 am|
Cenk Uygur on Democratic response to the Boehner-Obama deal.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday July 19, 2011 11:02 am|
I was one of the 2700 people who pledged to go to the office of their member of congress and let them know that if they support cuts to Social Security or Medicare, we won’t support them in the next election. And moreover, that “supporting cuts” meant voting for the creation of any committee with the power to make recommendations that would be given an up-or-down vote in Congress, bypassing regular procedure (Catfood II).
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 24, 2011 6:55 am|
It seems that a large part of whether you support a war or not depends on the party you belong and if the president is from your party. With Americans turning against the U.S. involvement in Libya, it is the Independents and Republicans who are leading the way, while Democrats stay stable.
|By: Jon Walker 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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday April 11, 2011 7:25 am|
As last week drew to a close, the Republicans that control only the House of Representatives clearly bested President Obama and the Democrats that control the Senate in the budget fight. Speaker John Boehner, despite controlling only one third of the relevant institutions in the budget fight, was able to get the President to agree [...]
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 8, 2011 10:53 am|
At this point, since it seems the absolute best case scenario for Democrats in this budget fight is that, by the end of today or the beginning of Monday, Congress passes a budget containing around $38 billion in immediate cuts to domestic programs over the next few months, but is free of any major policy [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 5, 2011 5:05 pm|
There are two very simple, straight forward things you can do with Medicare if you want to make a big reduction in the deficit: you can either destroy Medicare, or vastly expand it. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has stepped forward for the Republican Party to endorse the “destroy Medicare” solution as the best way to [...]