DC Politics of Social Security Are Shifting to the Left

By: Friday December 6, 2013 11:00 am

This is what shifting the political debate really looks like. It is when you see politicians cynically scrambling. From Huffington Post: Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) signed on as a cosponsor to a bill to increase Social Security benefits one day after a centrist Democratic think tank she is affiliated with slammed the idea in a Wall [...]

Boehner Wants Another Debt Ceiling Fight

By: Friday March 22, 2013 9:42 am

The rather painless vote on a no strings attached temporary increase in the debt limit back in January and the easy passage of a continuing resolution this week made it seem as if the age of manufactured budget crises might finally be over. But apparently Speaker John Boehner is not ready to give up on [...]

Three Reasons to Doubt Obama Will Hold Firm on the Debt Limit

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 11:04 am

President Obama again re-affirmed his line in the sand over the debt ceiling saying, “while I will negotiate over many things, I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed.” While his statement sounds firm [...]

Social Security Appears to Get a Temporary Reprieve

By: Monday December 31, 2012 8:27 am

Social Security is only safe in the very short term though. Now that President Obama has officially backed it giving the Republicans what they see as political cover, they are intent on getting it.

Obama Throws His Support Behind Reid’s Plan to Reform Senate Rules

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 10:17 am

Reid’s proposal would not eliminate the filibuster. It would instead required Senators who want to prevent a vote to continuously hold the floor. What impact this would have depends on exactly how the rule is written and interrupted. It would also remove the need for a cloture vote on motions to proceed.

Making Decisions Based on Who Can Talk the Longest Is Only a Slightly Less Stupid Way to Run a Country

By: Friday November 16, 2012 10:21 am

The Senate Democrats are starting to get serious about reforming the Senate rules to make the chamber slightly less idiotic. One of the changes they are thinking about making is forcing the minority who wants to filibuster a bill to actually speak continuously on the Senate floor. From the Huffington Post: [Sen. Jeff] Merkley said [...]

A Pathetic Moment for Obama to Show Executive Restraint

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 8:32 am

President Obama has decided not to follow the example set by President Lyndon B. Johnson and will not use an executive order to ban discrimination. From the Huffington Post: The Obama administration on Wednesday decided not to move forward with an executive order prohibiting workplace discrimination among federal contractors that is a top priority for [...]

White House Comes Out Against Wyden-Ryan Plan to Worsen Medicare

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 10:56 am

The White House has rather swiftly and strongly come out against the Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan to make Medicare worse. From the Huffington Post: “We are concerned that Wyden-Ryan, like Congressman Ryan’s earlier proposal, would undermine, rather than strengthen, Medicare,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer. “The Wyden-Ryan scheme [...]

Yep, Change the Senate Rules Really Is that Easy

By: Friday October 7, 2011 8:08 am

The biggest Congressional news story yesterday was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoking the rarely used procedure of appealing the ruling of the chair to the full Senate. When this is done, a simple majority of the Senate decides how the Senate rules should be interpreted. A majority of current senators are the people in [...]

To Harm of Millions, Obama Wants to Raise Medicare Age Requirement

By: Monday July 11, 2011 1:51 pm

It seems President Obama as expected grabbed hold of the Joe Lieberman’s trial balloon and is now also pushing to raise the Medicare retirement age to 67. From Huffington Post: According to five separate sources with knowledge of negotiations — including both Republicans and Democrats — the president offered an increase in the eligibility age [...]

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