The Biggest Progressive Victory of 2014 So Far Was Against Obama, Not With Him

By: Friday February 21, 2014 8:19 am

Since we are only seven weeks into 2014 I feel confident calling President Obama’s decision to remove the chained-CPI Social Security benefit cut from his budget the biggest victory for progressives so far this year. The change is bigger than simply the removal of a line from a budget. It symbolizes a victory over the [...]

Budget Deal Set to Clear Senate

By: Tuesday December 17, 2013 7:30 am

There is not much positive to say about this budget deal except for that fact that it helps temporarily kill the push for a grand bargain.

Why I’m Less Worried About a Grand Bargain

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 9:56 am

President Obama has always wanted a grand bargain to cut Social Security benefits. As long as he is in office it is a real concern, but every day it seems less and less likely Republicans would ever agree to work with him.

Obama Still Slowly Trying to Fix Debt Limit Monster He Created

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 8:41 am

The Obama administration will not negotiate over the debt limit again according to Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. From CNBC: The president is “not going to be negotiating over the debt limit,” Lew told CNBC. “Congress has already authorized funding, committed us to make expenditures. We’re now in a place where the only question is, will [...]

A Return to Bush-Style Deal Making

By: Tuesday July 30, 2013 8:25 am

Say what you will about George W. Bush, he at least understood the best way to get a “yes” in the often paralyzed Congress was to simply give people what they wanted most. He would give conservatives lower taxes, he would sometimes try to give Democrats increased spending on programs, and he would give corporations [...]

Anti-Tax Republicans Once Again May Save Social Security

By: Tuesday July 30, 2013 7:02 am

Despite a half dozen failed tries to get a grand bargain, President Obama is still working hard at a new attempt. Fortunately, this latest effort seems likely to fail for the same reason as all the others. From Politico: They’ve been wined and dined by President Barack Obama, spoken repeatedly with the White House chief [...]

Obama Team Again Tries to Revive the Grand Bargain

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 10:57 am

The so called “grand bargain” is never going to truly be defeated as long as Barack Obama is president, because for whatever reason, it is a top personal goal of his. Like the monster in a profitable Hollywood horror franchise it is only stopped temporarily until the administration sees a way to revive it. According [...]

Center for American Progress Turns Against the Push for a Grand Bargain

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 7:24 am

This is some of the better news I have heard in awhile. The Center for American Progress has turn against the push for austerity. In a new report the organization points out the policy arguments for a grand bargain are incredibly weak right now and the politics are mostly hopeless. From Michael Linden at CAP: To start [...]

At Least Washington Isn’t Talking About the Grand Bargain Anymore

By: 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 [...]

For Obama, Deficit Reduction Is the Goal; for the GOP, It Is Just a Tool

By: Monday May 6, 2013 10:23 am

President Obama and Congressional Republicans actually view concerns about the deficit in two different ways and that is what has prevented a deal. Obama for whatever reason actually thinks reducing the long term deficit should be important. He has put forward plans to include spending cuts and tax increases in order to achieve this goal. He [...]