Business Lobbies Finally Starting to Get Involved

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 6:51 am

Democrats banked on the fact that if this fight went on long enough the big business lobbies would put real pressure on the Republicans to fold. It looks like that bet is finally starting to pay off. From the New York Times: As the government shutdown grinds toward a potential debt default, some of the [...]

The GOP Didn’t Actually Agree to Raise Taxes

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 7:13 am

The Obama administration has declared victory with the new tax deal. They believe they got 85 percent of what they wanted on taxes and more importantly the administration claims they finally broke the back of the Republican party’s opposition to raising taxes. President Obama said, “Thanks to the votes of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, [...]

Little Shop of Tea Party Horrors: Corporate Astroturf Campaign Turns Into Giant Man-Eating Venus Flytrap

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 9:38 am

Corporate America and the GOP have been playing a very dangerous game, throwing enormous amounts of money behind PR campaigns demagoguing the very deficit that their radical manipulation of the political system created in the first place. They thought they could hide their true intentions under the cloak of fiscal responsibility and good governance. The fact that the very tool they virtually invented to captivate the democratic process finally turned around and bit them in the ass is almost Shakespearean in its irony.

Republican Debt Ceiling Power Play Would Stand Constitution on its Head

By: Thursday April 21, 2011 10:15 am

Regardless of whether or not you think it is a good idea, our Constitution was designed with multiple veto points meant to create a bias toward status quo. The basic idea is that if you want to make large changes, you either need broad concessions or to definitively win the support of the public in [...]

Boehner, GOP Prove House Isn’t Powerless After All

By: 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 [...]

Texas Congressman Latest Republican to Admit Repealing Health Care Reform is Just a Right-Wing Fantasy

By: Tuesday March 30, 2010 10:30 am

Last week, after crazies like Jim DeMint, Pete Hoekstra and Michelle Bachmann started the REPEALgasm, a group of slightly less crazy Republicans, including John Cornyn, Jon Kyl and Newt Gingrich, began to backpedal. Now, Lamar Smith (R-TX), who himself signed on to the repealgasm, admits REPEAL! is all just kabuki.

Republicans Offer Five Amendments to Kill Individual Mandate

By: Saturday March 20, 2010 4:02 pm

Both Republicans and Democrats offered amendments to the health care bill today in the Rules Committee. They have no chance of getting a vote on the floor, but looking at the Republican amendments can provide some insights into the upcoming GOP campaign against the bill in the midterm.

Republicans Can’t Even Create An Intellectually Coherent Health Care Policy

By: Wednesday January 27, 2010 4:30 pm

I was reading Wisconsin Republican Representative Paul Ryan’s “Roadmap for America’s Future,” and the section on health care reform made me sad on many levels. Remarkably, for dealing with the uninsured below the age of 65, Ryan’s plan is very similar in general outline to the Senate health care bill. In both plans, people will [...]

Republicans Don’t Need To Run On Repealing The Whole Bill

By: Friday January 15, 2010 12:56 pm

President Obama wants to have a fight with the Republican who will run on repealing the whole health care bill. While I’m sure some Republicans in the deep red districts will run on that platform, I doubt the bulk of the Republican party will. I don’t think Obama will get the fight he claims to [...]

John Shadegg Gives Mike Stark a Preview of the GOP 2010 Campaign

By: Thursday January 14, 2010 11:12 am

I don’t know who thought that penalizing people 2% of their income if they refuse to buy the product of private insurance companies was a good idea. Maybe the same guy who thought NAFTA would be a winner for the Democrats in 1994.