What Do Barack Obama and the Koch Brothers Agree On? The Smarter Sentencing Act

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 8:00 am

Support the Smarter Sentencing Act to Reform Mandatory Minimum Sentences » Read the petition and add your name There aren’t many things that Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist, Ted Cruz and Sheldon Whitehouse agree on. But one of those rare things is the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bill that has support [...]

Americans For Tax Reform Call Chained-CPI a Middle Class Tax Increase

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 9:45 am

Here is another reason Republicans are sadly our best hope for protecting Social Security. The powerful conservative group Americans For Tax Reform, founded by Grover Norquist, called chained-CPI a middle class tax increase. Supporting it would be a violation of the tax pledge most Congressional Republicans have signed. From Americans For Tax Reform: On the [...]

Grover Norquist and the “No Panda Shooting” Pledge

By: Monday December 3, 2012 7:59 am

I like to compare Norquist’s pledge to a pledge to never shoot a panda. Any member of Congress who walked down to the National Zoo and shot one of the giant pandas would see their political career ruined, whether or not they signed a “no panda shooting” pledge. Their problem would be that shooting a panda is deeply unpopular. The fact that they broke a pledge about it would be only a very minor secondary concern.

Most Think Super Committee Will Fail

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 8:47 am

The American people overwhelmingly think the Super Committee will fail to reach a deal on the deficit. According to Quinnipiac polling, an overwhelming 67 percent think the Super Committee will fail to come up with a plan, while only 27 percent think it is likely that they will. Probably part of the reason the American [...]

Republican Super Committee Picks Make Grand Bargain Unlikely

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:14 am

The Republican congressional leadership have made their six selections for who will serve on the new Super Committee, according the National Journal. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) chose Senators Jon Kyl (AZ), Pat Toomey (PA) and Rob Portman (OH). From the House side Speaker John Boehner (OH) selected Jeb Hensarling (TX), Dave Camp (MI) [...]

There will be Plenty of new Hostages to Choose from in the Near Future

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 8:05 am

Over at Politico Byron Tau and Ben Smith are raising the red flag about the possibility of Republicans using the expiration of the 18.4 cent per gallon gas tax on September 30th as their new hostage in the next stage of disaster legislating. The anti-tax Republicans are already making noises about not extending this tax. [...]

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 [...]

Conservative Activist Grover Norquist Wants Debate on Cost of War in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday January 12, 2011 4:15 pm

Small government activist Grover Norquist is calling for Republicans to begin a serious debate on the Afghanistan war. Not surprisingly, Norquist was focusing on the cost of financing our seemingly endless military commitment to the country. From Dan Froomkin: Norquist said the question for those who want to reduce government spending is this: “If you [...]

Chris Hayes on Audit the Fed: “The Single Greatest Act of Bipartisanship Since Obama Took Office”

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 8:33 pm

Subbing for Rachel Maddow Tuesday night, Chris Hayes on the passage of Audit the Fed: CHRIS HAYES:  Something truly remarkable happened in Washington today.  The United States Senate passed something, by the way of a 96 to 0 vote — 96 in favor, 0 against.  Which means Democrats and Republicans voted together, for the same [...]

Right & Left Agree: Mandates are the Road to Neofeudalism

By: Wednesday December 30, 2009 10:08 am

As Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos said, “remove the mandate or kill this bill.” We’ve opened a “war room” at Firedoglake with information about calling your member of Congress to demand that this provision to bail out the insurance industry be removed from the health care bill before they agree to cast their vote in favor of it.

And nobody needs to pass an ideological purity test before they can use it.

Join us to oppose the mandate. Enter the war room.