You Don’t Threaten to Destroy the Entire Economy Over a Pipeline

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 8:23 am

It is time for Republicans to simply stop embarrassing themselves with this nonsense. They are now thinking about threatening not to raise the debt limit unless they get some modest demands. From the Washington Post: Several House members told The Washington Post on Monday that Republican leaders have narrowed their list of possible debt-limit strategies [...]

House Republicans Still Don’t Understand Why They Won the Debt Ceiling Fight the First Time

By: Monday July 8, 2013 7:14 am

Apparently, House Republicans are convinced they can hold the debt ceiling hostage again even though they proved they aren’t willing to shoot the hostage. From National Journal: With an anxious eye toward the coming debt-ceiling negotiations, House Republicans are drafting what members call a “menu” of mandatory spending cuts to offer the White House in [...]

Obama Refuses to Believe That Republicans Really Hate Taxes

By: Friday February 15, 2013 8:48 am

House Republicans really really really hate new taxes. This is one promise from the GOP I do believe. It seems almost everyone from their base, to their donors, to independent voters believe this. Despite a mountain of evidence the only people who don’t seem to believe this are a small circle of professional grand bargain [...]

House GOP’s “No Budget No Pay” Provision is Potentially Unconstitutional

By: Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:12 am

When House Republicans decided to fold on the debt limit they concluded that they need something to help them save face. What they wanted was to adopt a requirement that Congress must approve a non-binding budget or risk losing their pay. The problem is that such a provision would have clearly violated the 27th Amendment [...]

White House Will Accept GOP’s Short Term Debt Limit Increase

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 12:54 pm

President Obama will reluctantly accept the House Republicans plan to increase the debt limit for only three months according to a new statement of administration policy. The Administration supports a long-term increase in the debt limit that would increase certainty and economic stability.  Although H.R. 325 is a short-term measure and introduces unnecessary complications, needlessly [...]

House to Vote on Three Month Debt Limit Increase on Wednesday

By: Monday January 21, 2013 8:37 am

The House Republicans will vote on their bill to increase the debt limit on Wednesday according to the AP. The bill can currently be viewed on the House Committee on Rules website and they will hold their hearing on it tomorrow.

Boehner Again Breaks Majority of the Majority Principle For Sandy Relief

By: Wednesday January 16, 2013 7:36 am

Yesterday the House of Representatives approved a $50 billion clean Sandy relief bill. What is particularly interesting about this bill is that it was passed with almost no Republicans votes. From The Hill: The House approved a $50 billion Sandy relief bill Tuesday evening, after several hours of contentious debate in which scores of Republicans [...]

Non-Recess Recess: Another Sign of Constitutional System Breaking Down

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 1:06 pm

Having basic functioning government in the United States is becoming harder and harder. Our 223 year old Constitutional system seems ever less able to handle the rise of strong political parties, nor the desecration of the traditional norms in the Senate with its absurd rules on debate. To run the massive apparatus which is the [...]

Libya Reminds Us Almost No One in Washington Cares About Deficits

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 10:15 am

The Hill is reporting that the cost of our latest war military action in Libya could effectively wipe out all the deficit reduction House Republicans are trying to squeeze of out of cuts to domestic programs. U.S. military operations in Libya could wipe out a significant chunk of the budget cuts won by congressional Republicans [...]

House GOP Proud to Pay for Four Months of War with Big Spending Cuts at Home

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 1:00 pm

The new class of House Republicans came to Washington to make cuts, and that is exactly what they have begun doing. They have quite proudly managed to put together a continuing resolution that will cut $61 billion from existing programs. No doubt these Republicans will be held up as “serious people” who are willing to [...]